Children's window cages and 13 other interesting inventions from the pastPictolic
People are always trying to find a way to ease their daily routine or bring a little more luxury to life. Here are 14 bizarre inventions that were once thought to improve living standards.
Such "children's walks" were popular in the 1930s and were often distributed by district councils or children's clubs to those who lived in high-rise buildings so that children could breathe fresh air and take sun baths.
If you wanted to listen to music in the days before personal stereos were invented, you needed a radio ring. The idea was that music would help calm the child. Some of these strollers were supplied complete with side mirrors and safety lights.
This is nothing less than a fork with a winding mechanism. For the particularly lazy.
In the 1930s, a lot of absurd and funny devices were invented by Russell E. Oakes, who was nicknamed the Thomas Edison of silly inventions. One of them is a device for dipping doughnuts in powdered sugar or jam and then eating them, allowing you not to get your hands dirty.
Oakes was not the only one who liked this idea, as evidenced by a similar device presented at the Congress of American Inventors in 1940. The device allowed you to enjoy sweet and sticky donuts while reading the morning newspaper.
Russell E. Oakes demonstrates his invention "to protect the sleeve." This is a spider-like device that covers a piece of butter on the table and eliminates the possibility of getting dirty on it when you reach for something else.
No time to go for a massage at the salon? It's okay, because you can do a head massage at home, and enjoy a glass of wine in the process. Very relaxing.
Sometimes it is difficult to find the time and energy to do exercises. But a South African doctor invented an electronic device that allowed people to lose weight without getting out of bed. It was claimed that one treatment session gives the same result as eight hours of intense physical exercise. The device used a weak electric current to stimulate the muscles.
The "mass shaving machine," a nineteenth-century invention, could shave a dozen men at a time. This photo is a reconstruction created specifically for a documentary series about unusual inventions of the 19th century. The series was called Brainwaves ("Brainwaves") and, unfortunately, only the pilot was filmed.
Inventor John H. Rinfret came up with a special anti-bandit portfolio to make businessmen feel safer in the city. In the case of an attempted robbery, it was enough to pull the chain at the bottom of the briefcase, and all its contents were thrown out.
In the 1930s, LAC Davoran created unique glasses modeled by racing driver Paddy Naismith. A fan was mounted on top of the glasses. When the wind speed reached 0.5 m/s, the fan began to rotate, driving the tiny wipers.
The radio hat was developed by the American corporation Merri-Lei. In 1949, it cost $7.95 and was available in several color schemes. For those who wanted to listen to music while walking.
Do you want to know how loud you can perform a yodel? Then Yodel Meter is for you. He could measure the pitch of a human voice.
Someone decided that it would be nice to install a miniature camera on the Colt 38. When the trigger is pulled, the camera takes a picture (for example, the six images shown on the left). It would be a great invention if we could just convince all potential killers to carry it with them.
In the 1960s, the Japanese modernized a well–known device - a mousetrap. They equipped her with a 2-watt motor and decorated her with a mechanical cat's head that meowed ten times a minute, and her eyes flashed. It is not known what effect this device had on rodents, but people definitely ran away from home - just not to hear these infernal sounds.