Discoveries & inventions

The Dictaphone Time-Master (1955-1958)

Dictaphone: Here's the secret (1955) Here's the secret of the world's most timeaving, worksaving, money-saving dictating machine -- the Dictaphone Time-Master. This secret is the Dictabelt Record. It's crystal... Read more...

Microsoft’s hottest tech from 1982

Microsoft's RAMCard with RAMDrive... ...takes the whir, click and wait out of the IBM PC. Solid state disk. When you add the Microsoft RAMCard to your IBM personal computer, you also add RAMDrive, which let... Read more...

All aboard for the moon! (1908)

All aboard for the moon! The conquest of the air is assured now for interplanetary space Click here to see a larger version In a recent number of the Contemporary Review, there appeared an article by Col. ... Read more...

The Canon Cat word processor (1987)

There's a new cat in the office jungle: The Canon Cat A smart new breed The Canon Cat is the world's first Work Processor. It's a simple but powerful office machine. The Canon Cat is not a typewriter, elect... Read more...

International phone calls (1965)

International calls for just $12 for the first three minutes? The ad says the cost is "low." We say... not so much. A handy little inflation calculator says $12 of 1965 dollars would be worth $86.42 in 2012. ... Read more...

Cocaine-laced Coca Cola introduced (1886)

Originally marketed as a health drink, Coca Cola was said to cure everything from migraine (aka "sick headache") to depression. And no wonder -- for its first 17 years of existence, Coca-Cola actually contained... Read more...

Where the telephone was born (1875)

In 1875, on the top floor of this building at 109 Court Street in Boston, Massachusetts, Professor Alexander Graham Bell invented and experimented. It was also here that he first succeeded in transmitting s... Read more...

How to use your dial telephone (1957)

How to use your dial telephone When dialing Look in the directory for the correct number. Lift the receiver and listen for the "dial tone." The steady humming sound tells you the dial equipment is read... Read more...

Weird doings at the Tesla plant (1903)

Weird doings at the Tesla plant Natives around Wardenclyffe, Long Island, having the time of their lives guessing what the electrician is trying to do Whatever Nikola Tesla is trying to do at Wardenclyffe... Read more...

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