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Who Invented What Amazing Facts That May Surprise You

Updated on January 27, 2012

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Inventions, what would we do without them? Imagine living in the 1700 and 1800's there certainly wasn't any computers, motor vehicles, televisions, malls, washers, dryers, or dishwashers. If we wanted to keep in touch it was the pony express, reading was by candlelight in the evening washing dishes and clothes were manually handled and getting across town by horse and buggy took a little more time, then driving a car. We have came a long way from yester-year.

African Americans have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions throughout history, historically it was written but took years for so many to be acknowledged ,these inventors had God-given talents and created products that simplified lives even until the present day.

George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver

Who Invented What

Who found a cure for the smallpox virus? Onesime 1721

Who invented the Doorknob and Door Stop? O.Dorsey Dec 10,1878

Who invented the air conditioning unit? Frederick M. Jones July 12, 1949

How about the clothes dryer? G.T.Sampson June 6,1862

Cellular phones? Henry T. Sampson July 6,1971

Who invented the lawn mower?L.A. Burr May 19, 1889

We certainly cannot forget George Washington Carver who invented peanut butter in 1896

Spark Plug? Edmond Berger February 2,1839

What do all of us cook on? A stove invented by T.A. Carrington July 25,1876

We place our food in a refrigerator, invented by J .Standard June 14,1891

We drive through these everyday it is a traffic light invented by Garrett Morgan November 20,1923

Who invented the fountain pen? W.B.Purvis January 7,1890

Who invented the fire extinguisher? T.Marshall October 26,1872

How about our elevators that many use in all types of buildings? Alexander Miles October 11,1867

Ladies we certainly cannot forget our trusty dustpan, Lawrence P. Ray August 3,1897

Imagine not using a hair brush until Lydia O.Newman invented it November 15, 1898

Many of us love eating these and they are sold to the masses, potato chips George Crum 1853.

Everyone has one but it is now attached to our computers and is called a keyboard, the typewriter was invented by Burridge & Marshman April 7, 1885.

Do you drive an automatic? The auto-matic gear shift was invented by Richard Spikes, February 28,1932.

We use this when pressing our clothes, an ironing board invented by Sarah Boone Dec 30,1887.

Ahhh the phone transmitter my look how far technology as come Granville T.Woods December 2,1884.

We love our hairstylist and thank goodness we have a shampoo headrest to lay our heads upon invented by C.O.Bailiff October 11,1898

Everyone home has one, a thermostat control invented by Frederick M. Jones February 23,1960.

My baby buggies have came a long way and now we call them strollers invented by W.H.Richardson June 18,1899.

Amazing that so many wonderful people created what we use in our everyday lives, what we take for granted others strive to create, researching information on the Internet there are some interesting sites that provide us with the history of the African American inventors such as www.blackinventor.com, it provides you with links to the historical inventors and others who had patented products that were invented. Next time you are in your refrigerator, using the dryer or writing with a fountain pen , chatting on your cell phone or clicking away at your keyboard you have gained general knowledge about who invented it.

Martin Luther King Jr, said it in his "I have a dream" speech, " I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident , that all men are created equal."

The truths have came to light as many inventions where invented by an African American man or woman.

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      Julianna 5 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      princesswithapen: We would be lost without them. :)

      angela vargas: I believe he is long gone, but his invention lives on. :)

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      angela vargas 5 years ago

      how is george sampson

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      I knew some of them while the others were interesting to know. This makes a good read and is a nice collection of things that we utilize on a daily basis but don't know who invented them. After all, what would we do without a door knob, keyboard, strollers, ironing board, hair brush and some of the other things that have been mentioned?

      Princesswithapen

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Sage Williams: Thank you it is interesting and I enjoyed researching the information , it is amazing! :)

      lukepetersen19: Thanks for taking the time to read, I guess I could have added more but was great to write about. :)

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      lukepetersen19 6 years ago

      Woe that's mediocre but good check out my HMO hub

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      Great job researching, love to learn new things. Good Luck on the rest of your 30 day challenge.

      Sage

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Coolmon2009: I am so glad that you enjoyed I have also believe that credit needs to be given to who it is due. :)

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      I enjoyed reading this informative article, thank you.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      loriamoore: Thank you and it is certainly fun stuff! :)

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      loriamoore 7 years ago

      Fun stuff.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      samboiam: I enjoy your hubs too! :)

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for such an interesting read. I love your hubs. Thanks again for mentioning me in your hub New hubbers To Look For In The Future. I have gained two followers because of you.

      https://hubpages.com/community/New-Hubbers-To-Look...

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      BP: I will try not to, I published 2 today so that is it for now. I am going to read after dinner as I need to visit and see what is happening out in HPland. Thanks for the support BP. (((Big Hugs)) back. :)

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      You are doing just great AE your hubs are really up there, you are a little miracle worker, I always said lol. I figure it this way don't stress too much keeping up with everyone as everyone knows how hard it is. Hubs will be still there after challenge and plenty of time to catch up.(hugs)

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      BP: My plate is full and I am 2 behind lolo but I will catch up, what stinks is I do not know how so many are doing 3-4-5 it takes me a couple of hours if not more, for each one, but I do wish them all of the best. I want to read everyone's work who is supporting me and I can't seem to squeeze it in, God knows I need to do it and I will definitely will. :)

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      I would never have known any of those lol not real good on history. How are u holding up AE, you poor little petunia you must be feeling very tired.....(writing so many hubs) with a family as well. I feel for you.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      summer-snow: Thanks :)

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      summer-snow 8 years ago from London

      very informative :)

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      April: Thank you and I am certainly glad that you appreciated it. :)

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      AprilButlerPryce 8 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Awesome. What more can I say? This article hits home for me. It reminds me of some points I brought up for Black History Month. Keep doing what you do girl.

      April

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      men are dorks: O.K. I feel silly , I was typing what I had been talking about when I had a conversation with my husband. lololo sorry about that. I wonder how hubpages came about and who the person was too!!:D

      William: Thank you and it to extensive research it certainly shed light on these products. :)

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      William F Torpey 8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Interesting to see who invented all these varied items that we'd never hear about if you didn't write this hub. Thanks.

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      men are dorks 8 years ago from Namibia

      What name swty, mine or hubpages?

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      EcoAsh: Thank you for the advice it took long enough to research and I am certainly not a full time college student, however when I get a little bit of time I just may do that. :)

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      EcoAsh 8 years ago from Hemet

      Wow that a lot of inventions. great information but you should try to organize it a little bit better.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      D Cortez: Thank you and only 28 more lollo :)

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      D Cortez 8 years ago from California

      Great hub AE and good luck with the challenge.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      cobraski: I have 28 more lololo the first one was in a split second.:) I am glad that you enjoyed them.:)

      men are dorks: You have that right and how did the name come about?:)

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      men are dorks 8 years ago from Namibia

      Who invented hubpages: Some crazy dude, and we are all having fun at it...

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      cobraski 8 years ago from Maryland

      Alrightdy now! Sweet collection of inventors. Keep the hubpages coming, just 29 more. lol

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      LAmatadora 8 years ago

      wow AE that's some research you did on that one! good hub girl!

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Lgali: Thank you it should be interesting. :)

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      another good hub small and nice good luck for 30 days ..lgali

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      MotherHubber: It is called vacation and I always try to stay ahead of myself, when I thinking of something I write it down and begin to research the information. If I know about the topic it seems much quicker. :)

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      MotherHubber 8 years ago from Southern California

      Interesting hub. How do you find the time to do all the research, girl? Great topic, and I learned lots of new stuff. Thanks!

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      2C's : Thank you bunches and there are so many amazing hubs coming out, I was able to start reading last night and will definitely continue this evening of course after I publish the 3rd hub.lololo :)

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      2C's 8 years ago

      I will support as much as I can.a lot of good hubs are coming out of this too. good luck with it girl. you rock

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Feline: I love mine to, imagine how back breaking it would be without it. :)

      ag: That is a very good question, will have to look deeply or maybe the family members were entitled, I will let you know. :)

      jayb23: I couldn't either, lololo :)

      Birte: I am happy that I could stir your creative juices and glad you enjoyed reading it . :)

      sixtyorso: I am glad you are here to comment I have only committed to 30 as I enjoy relaxing and running around HP reading too!!:)

      badcompany: I hope so as researching can be time consuming, but thank you for the support.

      Thank you to all who are supporting me in this 30 day challenge. :)

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      Clive Fagan 8 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub. another one down! Thank goodness some of us can still comment and not join the challenge!

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      BirteEdwards 8 years ago

      Thanks AEvans, this hub gave me some great ideas and I had fun reading it

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      jayb23 8 years ago from India

      Fantastic Hub and v informative. I thank Lydia for hairbrush, cant imagine my life without it :-)

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      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      AE I wonder if all of these people received the royalties for the inventions ?

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Oh, I don't think I could live without my ironing board! God bless Sarah Boone...and thank you AE for that informative list. :)

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Ipighenia: That is a good question..lololo only the people who did it knows. :D

      eonsaway: Thank you. :)

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      eonsaway 8 years ago from New Mexico, USA

      Interesting factors.

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      Iphigenia 8 years ago

      AEvans - brilliant exposé- I wonder who actually stole the credit for some of these inventions.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Teresa: You are so funny Otis Redding lololo ((Big hugs)) :)

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Hmm. The peanut butter gets my vote. Cool hub. I thought Otis was the Elevator guy (or is that a band? Otis and the Elevators?).

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Single Mama: Thanks bunches and you should have it is fun.:)

      C.C.: I love the weber to and the best food comes off of those yummy.:)

      ixxy: Thanks and thank you for noticing that as well I certainly will locate and track. :)

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      lxxy 8 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Good luck in the challenge AE!!!!

      Great hub!

      One suggestion...resize the pic...it looks grainy, from my POV...and maybe find a cool vid. =)

      Love,

      lxxy

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      C. C. Riter 8 years ago

      The greatest of these are the Weber charcoal grill. LOL I love mine. Food, that's what it's all about man. Ya gatta eat, and good eats is good

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      Single Mama 8 years ago

      You are so COOL! lol. No really you are. I love all your hubs girl! :o)I should be doing this 30 day hub challenge, too.