If we’re discussing all things design, these item have to make the list! While looking through the demilked blog site, I fell in love and decided to re-blog some of the old and forgotten inventions that I found utterly intriguing. Where have they all gone? There are certainly a few that I would love to try out.
Though I probably would prefer a helmet over a hat, (as I tend to be a little clumsy with things) I would LOVE to give this a spin! And you thought go karts were fun.
Wooden Bathing Suits( USA, 1925 )
Photo: Haquian, Washington 1929. Wooden bathing designed to make swimming a lot easier.
I’m not sure how much “easier” swimming in a wooden bathing suit would be, but I imagine that it would be a lot more uncomfortable than the typical nylon and spandex suit. But hey, why stress the details. These gals look as though they’re having a great time! With the summer heat, it makes me want to take a swim.
Glasses For Reading In Bed (England, 1936)
Hamblin glasses. A pair of spectacles especially designed for reading in bed.
Who thinks of these things?? If reading puts you to sleep, this wouldn’t be the ideal invention for you. I find the idea to be clever and slightly humorous. It would be hard for anyone walking by to make the argument on wether or not you were sleeping, or actually studying (imagine how many “are you studying?” arguments I can have won back in the day). Too bad they didn’t have these when I was in high school.
Face Protection From Snowstorms (Canada, 1939
Used to protect one’s face from snowstorms. Canada, Montreal, 1939.
Talk about an eye sore. It would be extremely difficult to pull of a classy and sophisticated look in a pair of these, but if it were ever possible, it was done by these ladies. But I would have to think that breathing in them would ensue a problem, as it would fog up your line of vision. Maybe this is why they’ve been discontinued?
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.
The proof is in the pudding? Or I guess in this case the camera. I find this invention to be a tad bit disturbing, but it still makes the list of top inventions. I guess you’ll have the conformation you need, after you’ve done the deed.
Amphibious Bike ‘Cyclomer’ (Paris, 1932)
The Cyclomer, a bicycle on land and water can ride with a load of 120 pounds.
Who doesn’t like getting two for the price of one? Something this fun yet creatively insane could only be made in Paris! Can you imagine the amount of strenuous effort it would take to push something of that size (though I’m assuming those spheres are field with air) out of the water?