April 18, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
If you haven’t visited our new display “A Call To Arms” as a part of our theme “The Year of the Soldier" at our Museum, please take a few minutes or few hours between the hours of 1 and 4 PM Tuesday through Sunday to see the gallery. It's full of letters, uniforms, weapons, pictures and medals from the Civil War up to today. Come by and see this main display on the second floor in our Auditorium. And… bring a friend. Admission is free. Now for today’s story…
In April of 1958, the “Topeka Capital Journal” newspaper reported that people who install television and other new-fangled gadgets in their cars have nothing on the inventors of earlier years. However, some of these inventions, might have us asking: Why would someone want to use these inventions? For example: The article revealed that during the 1890’s a Chicago man devised a mechanized horse that would run along on wheels in front of a car. It seems horses pulling other vehicles would often bolt when they saw a horseless carriage and the inventor was out to fool them.
Another inventor designed an automobile washing machine, which was simply a tank with a lid. The tank was filled with warm water, soap and dirty laundry and while riding over bumpy roads the family’s clothes got washed.
And finally… there was a Texan who eliminated the need for eyeglasses by having his whole windshield ground to match his specific prescription.
These items may have made good sense to their inventors, but again... why and who besides the inventors ever used them?