Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Our Hero's Fridge

On this day in 1851, two inventions were patented that would, when worked up a bit, change the everyday life of millions. One was the Yale lock (or at least Linus Yale's first patent) and the other was this splendid contraption, so much more characterful and visually interesting than the sleek modern refrigerator.

1 comment:

  1. Nige, I have had a lifelong love affair with nutty inventors. In the early seventies, in Letchworth we supplied this vague, always preoccupied, ginger haired guy with bits for his DIY tuner & amp, Clive his name was, based in Cambridge, could never pay his bills on time, a common failing among that breed. You have to imagine the following in the voice of Bob Newhart. "Morning Clive", "morning all", "did you bring a cheque with you Clive" "er, er, er, well, would you care to take a look at this". Hands over a small silver, rectangular object with buttons and an LED screen, "what is it Clive". "A calculator", "a cal cu lat or" wots that then Clive, does it produce cheques ?"
    The rest is history.