Historic Ideas and Inventions

By Martin Gilliard

A warm welcome to the historic ideas and inventions page. In this section of the web site I intend to showcase ideas and inventions that people have put forwarded or invented throughout history. 

Please take a look through and perhaps something will spark your imagination.

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Ideas And Inventions From The 1960's

The Small-Wheeled Bike

Dr Alex Moulton invented the small wheel bike which he launched at the Earls court cycle show back in 1962... 

"born out of my resolve to challenge and improve upon the classic bicycle, with its diamond frame and large wheels, which has locked bicycle design into that form since the pioneering work in England of Starley and others at the end of the 19th Century." - Dr Alex Moulton

A Modern Small Wheeled Bike

A Modern Small Wheeled Bike (Photo Credit owenfinn16)

Ideas And Inventions From The 1930's

An electric game innovation

A German Inventor who created a phone auto dialer 

Prints without setting type 

A Collection Of New Product Ideas From History Submitted December 1963 And Earlier

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Historic Innovations Ideas and Inventions...

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Rock And Roll While You Stroll 
May 1963… Rock and roll while you stroll with this new battery-powered radio-phonograph which will play 45-r.p.m. records while being carried. It will …

Laser Cutting Wood Not rated yet
Back in 1963 a laser cutting wood was one of the latest innovations. The university of Michigan had developed a tool to cut through maple and other hardwoods. …

Handle Inflates Umbrella Not rated yet
Here’s an interesting idea for an everyday item. Umbrellas have been around for thousands of years. In modern times they are usually collapsible so that …

Kit Fits Saw To Hammer.  Not rated yet
Here we have an early idea for a multipurpose tool – first published in April 1963. These days our local do it yourself stores are packed full of many, …

Wipers That Keep Your Headlights Lights Clean Not rated yet
Wipers that keep your headlights lights clean were originally invented by General Motors back in the early 1960’s. This was an excellent idea that …

Cap Measures Powdered Coffee Not rated yet
This idea from April 1963 is for a cap that measures powdered coffee. No more guessing what the right amount of instant coffee should be for a standard …

Fold-In Wheels Carry Boat Or Canoe Not rated yet
This idea from April 1963 might be useful for those who like to do a portage – fold in wheels that can help you carry your boat or canoe. The lightweight …

Tell It To Sceptron - Electronic Brain Recognizes Spoken Words, and Will Carry Out Verbal Commands Not rated yet
April 1963… Phones that dial a spoken number, typewriters that print out whatever you say to them, underwater ears that identify a hostile submarine …

Midget Scooter Not rated yet
Back in April 1963 this midget scooter was built for transportation, fun or a combination of the two. It was able to squeeze 125 miles from a gallon …

A Padded Motorcycle Backrest Not rated yet
April 1963… A padded motorcycle backrest, curved to fit the back. To provide a flat seat for a second rider, you’d move it back and swing the curved …

Come-Apart Barbecue Grilles Not rated yet
April 1963… This idea for come-apart barbecue grilles with fewer cross pieces makes cleaning much easier. The rods would lock at the ends for use …

Transparent Aerosol Can Not rated yet
April 1963… With this idea for a transparent aerosol can you would be able to tell when such daily products as shaving cream, toothpaste and insect …

Curved Push-Broom For Sweeping Not rated yet
April 1963… A curved push-broom for sweeping large areas such as schools or factories would make the task much easier. Flared ends would keep the …

Plug In Vest Heats From Dashboard Not rated yet
April 1963… Plug in vest heats from dashboard. Riders in open cars, boats, tractors, or on motorcycles can now keep warm on cold days, says the …

A Talking Notebook Not rated yet
May 1963… A talking notebook… A tiny tape recorder only a little bigger than a pack of cigarettes, records up to an hour on one re-useable, indexed, …

Light Up And Listen Not rated yet
May 1963… Light up and listen to your favourite music with this miniature radio-lighter combination, only slightly larger than an ordinary lighter it …

Hitch Hauls Anchor From Stern Not rated yet
May 1963… Hitch hauls anchor from stern. You wouldn't have to clamber forward to cast or haul this anchor. Its line would let out from the stern …

Brake Spins Tail-Light Beam Not rated yet
May 1963… Brake spins tail-light beam. A brake light might flash a more urgent and unmistakable warning if it were housed inside this slotted, motor-drive …

Suitcase That Grows With Load Not rated yet
May 1963… Never worry about not having enough space in your suitcase again with this suitcase that grows with load. Add-on sides that could be carried …

Glasses Light Your Work Not rated yet
May 1963… Glasses light your work. Tiny bulbs above the lenses of these spectacles and batteries in the earpieces would put light where you want it …

Rails Brace Moving Cargo Not rated yet
May 1963… Rails brace moving cargo. Slotted rails and telescoping, spring-loaded poles, according to this recent patent, might speed cargo handling, …

Rake Handle Yardstick Not rated yet
June 1963… This rake handle yardstick can help you space your plants accurately. To create your own, paint narrow rings around the rakes handle …

Indoor Golf With Outdoor View Not rated yet
June 1963… Indoor golf with outdoor view. A giant color picture of a fairway flashes on the backstop net as in the picture above. The golfer does …

Edible Toothpicks Not rated yet
Here's a fantastic idea from A.R.Dunham from Pasadena... Edible toothpicks. The idea was first submitted back in 1963, but it is still just as useful …

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Garden Edging Blocks Not rated yet
June 1963… Garden edging blocks with long stakes precast and protruding from one side would prevent the need for having to dig a trench and would also …

Trailer Doubles As Boathouse Not rated yet
June 1963… Trailer doubles as boathouse. With this amphibious carrier, you could trailer a winched-up boat to the water, let down the pontooned …

Electric Basin Heats Water Not rated yet
June 1963… Electric basin heats water. A sink like this at your country cabin might give you hot water convenience on a boiler-less budget. The basin …

Traffic-Light Viewer Is Reflector Too Not rated yet
June 1963… Traffic-light viewer is reflector too. This overhead-traffic-light viewer has another job too: Its front face, of colored glass, would …

Flag Signals Shallow Water Not rated yet
June 1963… Flag signals shallow water. At low tide or in unfamiliar water, you’d navigate more confidently if you had a flag-ended feeler like this …

Play-Through Cover Protects Your Vinyl Record Not rated yet
June 1963… Play-through cover protects your vinyl record. You wouldn't have to worry about damaging your records if they were enclosed in these permanent …

Spinning Wing Lifts Plane Not rated yet
June 1963… Spinning wing lifts plane. A rotating annular wing, according to this recent Lockheed patent, would act as a gyro to stabilize a plane …

Para-Anchor Steadies Your Boat In All Kinds Of Weather Not rated yet
July 1963… Para-anchor steadies your boat in all kinds of weather. It works on the same drag principle as the parachute. It holds the bow into the …

Bugs Make Juice To Run A Radio Not rated yet
July 1963… Bugs make juice to run a radio. Now you can buy a battery that harnesses the energy of millions of harmless bacteria to produce enough electric …

New Boat Can Either Fly Or Sail Not rated yet
July 1963… New boat can either fly or sail. Towed by a power boat, this craft takes to the air under its flex-wing sail. On its own with the wing …

Tiniest Car Seats A Grown Man Not rated yet
July 1963… Tiniest car seats a grown man. At barely four feet long, this three-wheel midget weighs only 130 pounds and can be tilted up by the front …

One-Man Electronic Garage Parks Cars By Pushbutton Not rated yet
July 1963... One-man electronic garage parks cars by pushbutton. Theater-goers in New York’s Times Square are have something new to talk about: …

Mirror Helps Level Level Not rated yet
July 1963… Mirror helps level level. You could make an ordinary bubble level do a transit’s work by clipping on this recently patented side mirror. …

Socket Extends Bulb Life Not rated yet
July 1963… Socket extends bulb life. Inserted between an ordinary bulb and socket, this adapter would lower circuit voltage (through a resistance …

False Bottom Makes Pool Safer Not rated yet
July 1963… False bottom makes pool safer. An electric motor, plus a system of pulleys and guide rails, would raise this protective net from its …

One-Hand Oar Lets You Fish Not rated yet
July 1963… One-hand oar lets you fish. An oar designed for one-hand use might let you keep a boat on course or even propel it a short distance without …

Convex Saucer Keeps Cup Dry Not rated yet
July 1963... Convex saucer keeps cup dry. A concave seat on the bottom of this cup would rest on a matching convex portion of the saucer, thus …

Platform rolls like ship’s landing deck Not rated yet
July 1963… Platform rolls like ship’s landing deck. An experimental platform that tilts up to fifteen degrees is used by the British Navy to enable …

Air Canopy Protects Tractor Driver Not rated yet
July 1963… Air canopy protects tractor driver. An air curtain shields British tractor and combine harvester operators from dust, chaff, and insects …

High Visibility Fertilizer Not rated yet
An idea from July 1963 for high visibility fertilizer and weed killer. Dying the pellets with bright colors would mean that you could see where you’d …

Screw In Drain Plug Not rated yet
An idea from July 1963 for a screw-in drain plug for a remote outboard tank. Sloshing that last left-over pint of gasoline out of the inch hole at …

Electroluminescent Belt Generates Own Light Not rated yet
July 1963… Electroluminescent belt generates own light. Electroluminescent panels replace reflectors on a new Sam Browne traffic-safety belt. They …

Abrasive Gloves Rub Skin Off Potatoes.  Not rated yet
July 1963... Abrasive gloves rub skin off potatoes. Wash potatoes or root vegetables with these German gloves on, and you can peel them in water running …

Projector Turns Words Into Picture Not rated yet
July 1963... Projector turns words into picture. The New York police are now using a quick-identification projector invented by one of their own …

Car Hitch Loads Boat Not rated yet
August 1963... Car hitch loads boat. Universal couplings on the ends of this boat-loading post would let one man lift his boat in toward the support …

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Bottle Bib Catches Drips Not rated yet
August 1963... Bottle bib catches drips. Looped around the neck of a bottle, this absorbent strip would stop drips on the way down and soak them up before …

Flexing Sheet Propels Diver Not rated yet
August 1963… A scuba diver might travel under water faster and easier – and with less turbulence – on this snake-like craft. By lying on a frame and …

Plastic Cuts Lens Glare Not rated yet
August 1963… You could convert your prescription eyeglasses to sunglasses by pressing on these shields made of the plastic film that clings to surfaces …

Counter Speeds Service Not rated yet
August 1963… This recent invention might cut waiting in a plant cafeteria, say, by letting each diner set his own place at counter or table. He’d do …

Pool Cover Heats Water Not rated yet
September 1963… This pool cover with air pockets might extend the swimming season far into the fall. One side of the plastic mattress would be covered …

Guard Guides Paintbrush Not rated yet
September 1963… To simplify painting of window frames, wall moldings and other trim, this brush guard would limit the length of exposed bristles and …

Car Seat Slides You In Not rated yet
September 1963… Instead of squirming in and out of a taxi or other low-roofed car, invalids, oldsters (and even agile folks) could ride comfortably …

Helicopter Flies By Remote Control Not rated yet
October 1963… Look closely at the picture above and you will notice that there is no pilot in the cabin of this “bailed-out” eleven year old Army helicopter. …

Steel You Can See Through Not rated yet
October 1963… About half the thickness of a human hair, the strip of tin plate at left is basically the same kind that protects your tomato juice. U.S. …

Bricks With Protrusions Not rated yet
October 1963… Bricks with protrusions at the sides could be used as spacers. This would make it a lot easier for the amateur brick layer to keep each …

Jukebox Movies Not rated yet
October 1963… Latest thing to hit the jukebox-set at taverns and bowling alleys is movies: three minutes of sound film for a quarter. The screen looks …

Crossing Gate On School Bus Not rated yet
October 1963… A safety gate mounted on the bumper of this school bus swings out hydraulically to keep children from crossing until the driver sees that …

Loader Scoops From Front Not rated yet
October 1963… Suitable for one-man operation, this truck loader might simplify small-haul loading of gravel and similar cargo. The driver would maneuver …

Lampshade Angles The Light Not rated yet
October 1963… By moving the hinged side panels of this bed lamp you could direct the light to either or both sides, or shade either side so one person …

Handle Scale Weighs Luggage Not rated yet
October 1963… An air traveler might avoid excess baggage charges by checking on luggage weight when he packs. He could do it easily by turning the handle …

Tree Stand Seats Sportsman Not rated yet
October 1963… A fold-up stand that could be spiked and strapped to a tree trunk might make life more comfortable for hunters, nature photographers, …

Foam Floats Sunken Hull Not rated yet
October 1963… Sunken ships might be raised quickly and economically, according to this recent patent, by pumping in foam. A diver would locate or prepare …

Prefabricated Brick Walls Not rated yet
November 1963… A new mortar containing plastic lets builder’s bond bricks together into panels that can be lifted into place in any weather. Panels …

Twin Sails Make Own Wind Not rated yet
November 1963… Parallel mainsails on the 15-foot British boat above were designed and patented by a retired Welsh naval commander. The two masts are …

Slide Unloads Truck Not rated yet
November 1963… A delivery van or other truck might carry a bigger load in better order on this slide-out platform. The simple mechanism, similar to …

One Motor Drives Three Tools Not rated yet
November 1963… With this versatile woodworking tool, you could saw, plane, or sand, going from one to the other with only the simplest adjustment: moving …

Car Door Holds Camp Table Not rated yet
November 1963… You could enjoy more comfortable camp-out meals or quick roadside picnics if you carried a two-level folding table like this. Hooked …

Padded Platform Extends Bed Not rated yet
November 1963… Let down during the day, this hinged, adjustable, foam-padded bed extension would give you extra floor space in a crowded room, say, …

Lunch Box Doubles As A Tray Not rated yet
November 1963… You wouldn’t have to grapple with a lunch-box meal if you carried it in this plastic box. After unhooking the domed top (with its clipped-in …

Spinning Lamp Lights Wide Area Not rated yet
November 1963… To replace the large number of floodlights usually needed to illuminate a wide area, this recent patent would mount a single high-powered …

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Tiny TV Powered By Internal Batteries Not rated yet
December 1963… You have to see this transistorized pygmy portable TV to believe it. It's only four inches wide, five inches high, nine inches long, …

Movie Camera Mounted On Helmet Not rated yet
December 1963… How do they take those movies of skiers winding down the slopes? Professional photographer Red Allin does it this way. He attaches his …

Wing-Section Railcar Loses Weight At Speed Not rated yet
December 1963… The airfoil section of this proposed Japanese railcar provides lift to reduce effective weight by two-thirds. This buoyancy, plus streamlining …

“Flying” Water Skis Ride On Hydrofoils Not rated yet
December 1963… Tiny hydrofoil wings attached to these skis enable the skier to bank, dip, climb, and glide at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. The foils …

Training Leash Whistles At Dog Not rated yet
December 1963… When a puppy forgets who’s boss in the family, a high-pitched whistle in his collar or harness might remind him painlessly to pay attention …

Float Lifts Bottled Straw Not rated yet
December 1963… Made short enough to fit inside a capped soda bottle, this plastic (or plastic-coated) straw would rise to sipping height when the bottle …

Briefcase Props Papers Not rated yet
December 1963… Fold-out legs would convert this double-duty dispatch case into a reading stand or lectern that might be useful to a salesman, club officer, …

Pivoted Claw Grips Ice Not rated yet
December 1963… This axle-mounted claw arm would let you start on ice by moving an inside-the-car lever. It would engage a lug on the arm with one on …

Gas Pump Moves To Car Not rated yet
December 1963… You wouldn’t have to inch your way to a pump at a busy gas station that had track-mounted pumps like these. The recently patented system …

Danish Water Tower Does Triple Duty Not rated yet
December 1963… A 227-foot tower not only supplies the historic city of Roskilde, near Copenhagen, with water, but contains a restaurant on top and a …

Jet Boat Takes Swift Cruises On Colorado River Shallows Not rated yet
December 1963… In water sometime no deeper than three inches, this 42-foot boat will cruise at 25 m.p.h. with 55 people aboard. Propelled by two …

Tiny Screws Serve As Thermometers Not rated yet
December 1963… New screws an eighth of an inch long can be set in pistons, connecting rods, and other moving engine parts to check operating temperature …

Engineers Put An Arm In Space Not rated yet
December 1963... What does it feel like in space? Engineers working on Project Apollo at Honeywell's Aeronautical Division in Minneapolis can find out …

Pinhead Detector For Space Signals Not rated yet
Innovation from December 1963. The tiny white button in the lens can detect and amplify, by 100 times, signals carried to it on less than a billionth …

Hanging A Building In Air Not rated yet
Hanging a building in air sets new style. Innovation idea from December 1963. Up went a pair of hollow concrete towers. Concrete beams joined them. …

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