11 July 2010

Awesome Retro Inventions

Have a look at these awesome cool inventions. I really don’t know what went wrong and why didn’t these creative ideas pan out. I mean, who doesn’t need a family bike with a sewing machine or a bed piano? It’s really such a pity that these great ideas didn’t all worked out. My absolute favorites are the car with a shovel for pedestrians that is supposed to reduce the number of victims and a cigarette case for nudists :)

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Family bike with a sewing machine (USA, 1939)

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Nogosiped (USA, 1934)

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Bike amphibian, and you can ride it on land and on water, the maximum “load” on the water 120 kg (France, 1932)

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Motoloshad useful for learning to ride a horse (Italy, 1933)

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Single-wheel bike, top speed 150 km / h (Italy, 1931)

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“Lifejacket” of bicycle tires (Germany, 1925)

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A hat-radio (USA, 1931)

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Telescoping truck (France, 1934)

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Bed piano (UK, 1935)

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Reading Glasses for lying (England, 1936)

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Electric jacket (U.S., 1932)

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Car-tumbler, can be ridden on the slopes up to 65 degrees (UK, 1936)

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A car with a shovel for pedestrians, to reduce the number of victims (Paris, 1924)

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“GPS-navigator” the sample from 1932. It had a scrolling map and the speed of scrolling depended on the speed of the car.

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A folding bridge for emergency situations. It could be transported on a trolley. (Netherlands, 1926)

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Protective mask that was to be used in cases of snowstorms. (Canada, 1939)

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A pram in the case of gas attack. I guess the baby could as well die of suffocation. (England, 1938)

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Fotorevolver (USA, 1938)

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Equipment for smoking in the rain (1931)

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Double holder for high-smokers (1932)

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Cellophane blanket for a healthy tan and protection against UV and burnouts (1932)

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“Lie Detector” for the banks. The principle of Lie Detector was first used as an alarm system for banks and it was developed in the early 30’s. It works similarly to the principle of the lie detector: if a man came in with quickened heart beats it would trigger the alarm.

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Apparatus used for measuring the parameters of head and recording contours of face (1933) – this is where Barker came up with an idea of Pinhead.

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Soviet parachute for military dogs (1935)

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Umbrella with a “windshield” in case of rain with the wind (USA, 1936)

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Alarm clock for drivers, it is triggered when the head of a driver falls down. (1936)

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Hat compass (1936)

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Cigarette case for nudists (1938)

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A device for walking on water (1938)

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A special identifying mark fir repeated offenders (USA, 1939)

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A device for teaching a child to walk (Switzerland, 1939)

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A suit for contrast tanning. I don’t know why would anyone want to have only half of body tanned. (USA, 1940)

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Ice mask for face – it was to be used as a means of fighting hangover. It was invented in 1947, by Officer Max Factor for Hollywood actresses.

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Mobile Ashtray (USA, 1950)

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Another mobile ashtray this time it is called “wearable cigarette” (U.S., 1950)

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A dogmobile – called this way obviously because it is powered by one dog. (U.S., 1939)

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I guess this was some sort of trained cat babysitter! :) [artsyspot.com]

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