20 Cool Inventions the World Has Forgotten
The time between the wars – the Great War and WW2 was one of great loss and uncertainty, but also one of invention, creativity and new ideas. However, somewhere between these great world-changing inventions like Penicillin, TV and Helicopter there were some cool and sometimes even hilarious inventions the world has forgotten.
We proudly bring you these 20 cool inventions from the past to refresh your memory. Enjoy!
Gas War Resistant Pram (England, Hextable, 1938)
Glasses For Reading In Bed (England, 1936)
Hamblin glasses. A pair of spectacles especially designed for reading in bed.
Bike Tyre Used As Swimming Aid (Germany, 1925)
A group of youngsters tied a bike tyre around the body as a swimming aid.
Booted Rubber Boat (Netherlands, 1915)
Drawing of a “pneumatic sports- fish and hunt boat”, an inflatable boat for one person with boots attached.
Wooden Bathing Suits (USA, 1925 )
Wooden bathing suits, supposed to make swimming a lot easier. Haquian, Washington, USA, 1929
One Wheel Motorcycle (1931)
One wheel motorcycle (invented by Italian M. Goventosa de Udine). Maximum speed: 150 kilometers per hour ( 93 Mph).
Amphibious Bike ‘Cyclomer’ (Paris, 1932)
The Cyclomer, a bicycle on land and water can ride with a load of 120 pounds.
All Terrain Car (England, 1936)
All terrain car able to descend slopes up to 65 degrees.
Radio Pram (USA, 1921 )
Pram provided with a radio, including antenna and loudspeaker, to keep the baby quiet.
Radio hat (USA, 1931)
Portable radio in a straw hat, made by an American inventor.
Bulletproof Glass (New York, 1931 )
This one is not forgotten, however the testing of the bulletproof glass was too interesting not to include here – demonstration by the best rifle man of the New York police, 1931.
Extensible Caravan (France, 1934)
Extensible caravan, built by a French engineer.
Piano For The Bedridden (UK, 1935)
Piano especially designed for people who are confined to bed.
Electrically Heated Jacket (USA, 1932)
Electrically heated vest, developed for the traffic police in the United States. The power is supplied by electric contacts in the street.
Car With Shovel For Pedestrians (Paris, 1924)
Kind of shovel on a car. Purpose: reducing the number of casualties among pedestrians.
Early GPS (1932)
Sort of TomTom, early tripmaster. Works using rolling key map. The map passes the screen in a tempo that depends on the speed of the car.
Folding Emergency Bridge (Netherlands, 1926)
Folding bridge for emergencies, invented by L. Deth can easily be transported on a handcart.
Faxed Newspaper (1938)
In 1938 the first wireless newspaper was sent from WOR radiostation in New York. Photo shows children reading the children’s page of a Missouri paper.
Face Protection From Snowstorms (Canada, 1939)
Used to protect ones face from snowstorms. Canada, Montreal, 1939.
Revolver Camera (New York, 1938)
Colt 38 carrying a small camera that automatically takes a picture when you pull the trigger. At the left: six pictures taken by the camera.
My grandmother is the woman in the wood bathing suit standing on the whale vertabrae. Could you tell me where you found this picture? I’d love to track it down.
Here are some cool inventions that have been forgotten. The first to be mentioned is a device that was invented by a man named Thomas Edison. He invented a device called the “telegraph” which allowed messages to be sent over long distances at high speeds. The second invention was an invention by a man named Alexander Graham Bell. He invented an apparatus that allowed people to talk with each other without using any wires or wires at all. This device is called a telephone.
It’s quite sad that inventions such as these have gone to so much of a waste. Seems as if many of them could have been a huge success and I hope someone brings them to light in the future.
Most of these are really inventive.
The police revolve with the
camera should be used today. We could up the technology a bit and have a
video camera that started recording once the revolver was drawn as a
picture without context might not tell the whole story.
Idk ,but i love the folding emergency bridge..=D im not much of a GPS person haha!
When I was a child I used to imagine, that there is a map in which I see moving point which shows, where on the road I am. And after 20 years they’ve invented GPS :D
Lol! Can’t imagine myself meating anyone looking like the lady from the first picture with “Gas War Resistant Pram” :D
One wheel motorcycle looks like a very cool idea, how come there are no such thing on the streets?
I’ve recently seen it in a magazine, it’s not actually forgotten, you can actually get one, however it must be very rare as most of the people don’t even know such motorcicle exists.