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Britain Since the 1930s

by Mandy Barrow
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Everyday Inventions since the 1930s




1931 Electric razor Col Jacob Schick
1934 Trampoline George Nissen and Larry Griswold
1938 Ballpoint pen László Bíró
1938 Instant coffee Nestle
1945 Microwave oven Percy LeBaron Spence
1945 Tupperware (food containers) Earl W. Tupper
1947 Long-playing record Goldmark
1950 Credit card Frank X McNamara
1955 Lego Gotfried Kirk Christiansen
1956 Velcro George de Mestral
1958 Videotape A.M Poniatoff
1963 Ring pull can Alcoa
1971 Digital watch George Theiss / Willy Crabtree
1971 E-mail Ray Tomlinson
1971 Pocket calculator Sharp
1971 Personal computer MITS
1975 Digital camera Steven Sasson / Kodak
1979 Post-it notes Spencer Silver / 3M
1979 Mobile phone NTT
1979 Walkman (personal tape music player) Akio Morita
1981 Compact disc Philips
1982 Camcorder Sony
1989 World Wide Web Tim Berners-lee
1994 GPS (completed) I. Getting / B. Parkinson
2000 ipod digital music player Apple computer, Inc
2001 Self cleaning glass Kevin Sanderson
2005 $100 wind-up laptop computer for use in the Third World countries MIY Media Lab


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