Karen Mercury here, writing this post about Thirteen Surprising Things you may not realize were around in the 1800s.
I know that I was shocked to learn that:
ïƒ¼ Bathrooms. Yes, they had them. It was usually spelled with two words, â€œbath rooms.â€ It might not have had a toilet, but they did have separate rooms with bath tubs (two words) which theyâ€™d fill with water boiled on the stove.
ïƒ¼ Graphaphone (1897). This was one of the earliest music-playing devices. They actually had wax cylinders that a needle would play on. I always wonder what would happen if it was really hot outside. â€œSorry, dude. I canâ€™t play you the latest and most up-to-date coon shouting song, cause it melted.â€Â
ïƒ¼ Can opener (1858), and
ïƒ¼ Tin can (1810) so they had something to open up with the can opener. But obviously for 48 entire years, they were all frustrated, wondering how the hell theyâ€™d open up those damned cans. (A knife, probably.)
ïƒ¼ Cigarette lighter. Yay! Now we can smoke! Before that invention, they had to light cigarettes with a piece of wood from the fireplace or campfire.
ïƒ¼ Plastic surgery (1814). Some guy who lost his nose in England, and those pictures freak me out, so letâ€™s not even go there.
ïƒ¼ Braille (1829).
ïƒ¼ Blueprints (1840)
ïƒ¼ Stapler (1841)
ïƒ¼ Radar (1887)
ïƒ¼ Rayon (1855). Say, now we can wear some groovy paisley hippi shirts. Power to the people!
ïƒ¼ Traffic lights (1868). This one is a puzzler. Was there some actual dude standing there with a paddle, all â€œStop! No, I meant Go!â€ Totally directing traffic? There must have been a boatload of traffic accidents.
ïƒ¼ Toilet paper (1880). So before 1880, they utilized leaves?
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Karen writes erotic menage historical romances. She is currently working on a series set in the California gold rush.