Weird & Wonderful Inventions from the Turn of the 19th Century

Cork Swimming Suit (1882)

The “Cork Swimming Suit” was invented by Paschal Plant in 1882. It was made to “perfectly free motions of the body and limbs” and was made out of strong string and small pieces of cork.

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One-Wheeled Vehicle (1885)

John Otto Lose patented the “One Wheeled Vehicle” in 1885, a type of unicycle that the rider sits inside of, whilst the wheel turns around him or her. Important detail: the highly functional umbrella ensures the passenger (and his pipe) remains dry at all times.

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Saluting Device (1896)

James C. Boyle patented the “Saluting Device” in 1896. This was made to help the person who used it to practice good etiquette. This device was inside the hat and this made the hat automatically rotate the hat when the user wanted to salute.

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Rocking Bath Tub (1900)

The innovation was designed to splash water against the bather. Lazy or brilliant?

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Chicken Eye Protectors (1903)

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No more fowl play! Andrew Jackson Jr. patented the “Eye-protector for Chickens” in 1903. The invention was supposed to protect the eyes of chickens from other chickens “that might attempt to peck them”. To this day you can buy slightly upgraded “Chicken eyeglasses”.

Double Bicycle (1905)

Karl Lange patented a “Double Bicycle for Looping the Loop” in 1905.

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