Ready-Mixed Paint

1880s, United States Although painted interior house walls were popular since about 1500 B.C., and paint itself had been known for some twenty thousand years, the first commercial, ready-mixed paints did not appear until 1880. Home owners and professionals had been...

Thermos Bottle

1892, England James Dewar successfully constructed a container with insulated inner and outer glass walls sealing an evacuated space. And to further heat transfer by radiation, he silvered the inner glass. Scientists used Dewar’s flask to store vaccines and...

Bloomers

A pair of baggy trousers gathered at the ankles and worn with a short-belted tunic was sported by Amelia Jenks Bloomer of Homer, New York in 1851. She had copied the pants costume from a friend, Elizabeth Smith Miller. But it was Mrs. Bloomer, an early feminist and...

History of Blue Jeans

Before jeans were blue, even before they were pants, jeans was a twilled cotton cloth, similar to denim, used to make sturdy work clothes. The textile was milled in the Italian town of Genoa, which French weavers called Genes, the origin of our word,...

Listerine

1880, St. Louis, Missouri Developed by a Missouri physician, Joseph Lawrence, Listerine was named in honor of Sir Joseph Lister, the nineteenth-century British surgeon who pioneered sanitary operating room procedures. Shortly after its debut in 1880, the product...