Inventions of the 50sby Tyler Woods on Apr. 13, 2010, under Life
Unpacking recently I ran into several things that were, well let’s say dated. It is interesting to run into things that once upon a time ago you thought were “modern.” I realize that modern only means a few days old anymore because things change so quickly. What is modern today is out dated next week, and this got me thinking…
We forget the good old days and technology. Today, we sort of giggle at some of the inventions of older times. The 50’s generated a ton of great inventions that actually shaped our modern world we live in today.
Like did you know that in 1950 the telephone answering machine was invented? Also in 1950 Leo Fender’s guitar company introduced their Broadcaster and Esquire models, the first mass-produced solid body electric guitars. For all you TV bugs, Zenith introduces “lazy bones” tuning which allowed you to change all television stations from the comfort of your easy chair. Today we call it remote control, but I still like the name Lazy Bones.
In 1951, American automobile manufacturer Chrysler Corporation introduces power steering and J. Andre-Thomas invents the first heart-lung machine which was a life saving technique allowing life-support during open-heart surgery. That was important but in 1953 Americans thought color TV was pretty much all that and more. 1953 also introduced Saran Wrap, radial tires, the first synthesizer, the vaccine for polio and the first 3-D movie was shown.
In 1954, housewives of America could hardly stand it when General Electric introduced colored kitchen appliances. They wondered how they could have made it without color. I suppose that is why in 54, oral contraceptives invented. All that color must have really excited people!
1955 introduced us to optic fiber, the first wireless TV remote and the first microwave ovens are manufactured by Tappan. 1957 the introduction of the first computer hard disk Secretary Bette Nesmith Graham invented “Mistake Out” later renamed, Liquid Paper and the first commercial videotape recorder is introduced, though unclear which was better the recorder or the invention of Velcro the next year.
In 1958, the year I was born, the modem invented which allows us to be online. Just as important, Gordon Gould invents the laser and perhaps one of the best inventions of the 50’s was “stereophonic recordings”, which use two separately recorded channels of sound giving us stereo!
The 50s produced a variety of inventions including, the Hovercraft, Super glue, credit cards, barcodes, Black Box Flight Recorder, the hydrogen bomb, Barbie doll, hula hoop, and much more!
As you can see the 50s really did produce some great creations that shaped our world as we know it today. So when we look at things and suggest they are out dated, perhaps we should just remember, modern technology had to start from somewhere!