Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Remember Lincoln said to keep the Patent Office open when it's head wanted to close it..Look at what inventions and developments followed Lincoln in the 50 years after his death.

I thought it would be interesting to see the world in the time of Lincoln and how much it changed in just 50 years after his death in 1865.  In 1865 the world was much different and slower. However the head of the Patent Office did contact Lincoln and suggest that they close.What was the reason?  He said that everything that was going to be invented had!

 Lincoln suggested that they stay open as there may be a few more things to come.

 Of course Lincoln was right, but he never knew how right he was! Remember Lincoln is still the only President to have a Patent!  But in those short 50 years after Lincoln died at the hand of John Wilkes Booth the entire world would change.  In those 50 years from 1865 and Lincoln's suggestion to the Patent Office the entire world would change.  Here is a partial list of inventions that so changed the world in the years from 1865 to 1915.

The Electric Light
The Electrical Distribution System
The Automobile
The Street Car
The Turbine Engine
The Electric Train
The Storage Battery
The Airplane
The Phonograph and Records
The Wireless Radio
The Skyscraper
The Steel Industry
The Motion Picture
The Telephone
The Electric Elevator
The Subway
The Battleship
The Submarine
The Color Photograph
The Airship
The Typewriter
The Microphone
The Diesel Engine
The Plastic Industry
The Aspirin Industry
The use of Pasteurization
The discovery of Sterilization
The Modern Food Industry
The Safety Razer
The Ocean liner
The Fountain Pen
The Gas Stove
The Discovery of Cheaply Making Aluminum

.......and so much more.....I am sure if I thought about it I would think of a mess of other things as the list would go on and on.  All I can say is it is a good thing that Lincoln told the head of the Patent Office to stay open.