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Best Inventions of the 1930s

Updated on October 9, 2016

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The helicopter changed transportation forever. They are used for medical emergencies as well as for recreational purposes.
The helicopter changed transportation forever. They are used for medical emergencies as well as for recreational purposes. | Source
The Jet Engine helped flying really take off and become a major mode of transportation during the early 1930s.
The Jet Engine helped flying really take off and become a major mode of transportation during the early 1930s. | Source
The Richter Scale measures the effects of an Earthquake. This invention has helped with the study of earthquakes and their effects.
The Richter Scale measures the effects of an Earthquake. This invention has helped with the study of earthquakes and their effects. | Source
Musical Organs became popular instantly upon their release and they are still mass produced today.
Musical Organs became popular instantly upon their release and they are still mass produced today. | Source
The View Master is a fantastic toy that has changed over the years but remains a top seller.
The View Master is a fantastic toy that has changed over the years but remains a top seller. | Source

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1930s Inventions

There are far more than just ten inventions that occurred during the 1930s. This list is compiled of the most famous and most popular inventions of the day. Obviously, every year there are and a lot of medical inventions. However, this list skips over medical innovations and instead focuses on other items created by the people.

1. Helicopter: I did not realize until I wrote this hub that helicopter's have been around for as long as they had. A helicopter is able to hover, go forward, backward whereas an airplane doesn't have these capabilities. They were originally made for the military and for emergency use only. Now helicopters are used for recreational use as much as anything. Florida among other states in America offer helicopter rides across the ocean. Helicopters used to hold two people but they have larger ones now that can hold up to twenty people plus cargo. Helicopters have more agility and can be "sat down" just about anywhere. They do not have to come to a rolling stop like an airplane. Helicopters are used to transport patients from a wreck or a crime scene to the hospital as it is a faster means of transportation than an ambulance.

2. Jet Engine: Uses Newton's laws, and is a reaction engine that moves a fast moving jet which generates thrust by jet propulsion. The engine was first used for military purposes but now many celebrities have purchased them as well. A celebrity can now purchase a jet for private transportation. Hoping cities, just jumping from one to the other, like there's no tomorrow. They go much faster than airplanes and have more comfort room. If it's a private jet then you can rest assured that it will be equipped with all the major bells and whistles to keep you and yours entertained. They are stocked to the owner or passenger's specifications. What a life!

3. Ball Point Pen: It used to be that there were only a few different kinds of ink pens. Now-a-days there are so many different ink pens. All different designs, movie themed pens, and all different colors. I am known as the pen snob at work. Before ink pens people had to actually dip a feather into ink in order to write things down. Ink pens are a huge part of my work day. If I don't have a pen, I can't do my job. This is truly a great invention. There are so many different designs and even different shapes of ink pens.

4. Scotch Tape: A very great invention. I always use tape now on my envelopes instead of licking the envelopes. Tape is used for many thing's including wrapping presents, holding boxes shut and fixing torn paper. Just imagine trying to wrap Christmas or birthday gifts without Scotch tape, it is impossible trust me I've tried it. This invention is a basic household item nowadays.

5. Musical Organ: This piece of musical genius has been around since the 14th century. It has been labeled as one of the most complex human-made mechanical creations before the revolution. Pipe organs can range in size from a single keyboard to 3-4 keyboards to an organ that has over 10,000 pipes and a 32 pedal board. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart called the King Of Instruments. There are a lot different kinds of organs and each make a unique sound.

6. View Master: A little invention that you put slides in and change the pictures. I had one of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs and Bambi. I still have it to this day. I find it from time to time and will put one of the slides in the view master, and it still works and you can still see the scenes. These toys were remarkable for children and they used to only come in red. They now come in multiple colors and have many different slides.

7. Iconoscope: A very early television camera tube. It was the leading television camera tube from 1936-1946, until it was replaced with a little bit better camera. This led the way for television set improvement. At first these tubes did not last very long but after much research they have basically perfected the lighted tube.

8. Richter Scale for Earthquakes: This scale measures the energy that is contained in an earthquake when it occurs. It measures it on a scale of one to ten. Earthquakes have been happening since the beginning but it's nice to have ways to measure and to study them. This invention is obviously a big deal because it helps warn you of tremor activity.

9. Radio Telescope: This device is used in Radio Astronomy. The different types of antennas are also used in tracking and collecting data from satellites and space probes..Any invention that helps us to learn more about space is a top notch invention indeed.

10. Fiber Glass: Fiber glass was researched in the 1930s and the fiber reinforced plastic was used for commercial use. Fiber glass was particularly of interest to the aviation industry. Nowadays fiber glass has hundreds of uses and it is safer than ever before.

* Please feel free to share with me your favorite invention or memory for that matter from the 1930s in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this inventions article.

Invention of The Helicopter

Inventions of the 30s

Helicopters!

Copters have so many uses. Medical, military and of course recreation. They are far safer and much faster now than they were when they were first released to the public. They are often used to fly passengers over the ocean on beach vacations in states such as Florida.

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, how interesting. There were a lot of great inventions in the 1930s. Voted Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had forgotten all about the ViewMaster until this hub! Interesting look at the past. Good job!

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      dieter dust 4 years ago

      Once again a really interesting read. Thanks for sharing with us. I love this kind of stuff!

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      yo mama 4 years ago

      this stuff is interesting

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