The past always has its way of coming back to us. Nothing is ever out of style forever, and let’s be honest – nothing is truly 100% original anymore. If you can think of it, chances are someone else has in the past. Their idea may have been before its time, but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t in mind. These are 10 modern-day items that you probably didn’t know have already existed for a very long time.
10 Modern Day Items That Were Invented A Long Time Ago
The world has changed a lot in the last 50 to 100 years. We have technology that people back in those days couldn’t even imagine. Or could they? It turns out, even some of our most “advanced” items today were actually thought of a long time ago.
1. VR Headsets and Television Eyes
We all think of VR headsets as incredibly new, highly advanced technology. While the ones we have today certainly are more advanced than ever before, the idea isn’t a new one. In 1936, Hugo Gernsback invented what he called “television glasses”. At the time, people thought they were impractical. As it turns out, he was just way ahead of his time.
2. Electric vs Motor Scooter
Naturally, electricity (and access to it) was quite different in 1915. So while the Autopad Company of Long Island, New York didn’t manufacture an electric scooter, the did have a motorized one. They produced these babies from 1915 until 1922. They didn’t become big back then. Today, however, you’ll see many people traversing major cities around the world on the electric version of them.
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We tend to think of the dishwasher as a relatively recent modern-day convenience. Turns out, it was actually first invented quite a long time ago – in 1850, in fact! These dishwashers were made of wood and required a hand crank to use. They didn’t begin popular, however, because they weren’t overly practical. Today, at least in North America, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a house without a dishwasher installed.
4. Menstrual Cups
For my part, I only first-ever even heard of menstrual cups as early as five years ago. They’ve been slowly gaining popularity in the last few years. While they may seem like some modern, new-wave feminist invention, the first prototypes of menstrual cups were patented in the 1960s and 1970s. While most of these never made it to market, in 1937 actress Leona Chalmers designed and patented the first contemporary version. These cups were pretty similar to the ones you can buy today, such as the most well-known version, the Diva Cup.