Sunday, February 14, 2016


by Anne Greene

Did you know about these nineteenth century inventions?

1804 – gas lighting

1814 – first steam locomotive

           first plastic surgery

           first photograph

1819 – first soda fountain

         first stethoscope

1827 – modern match

1829 – first typewriter

1830 – first sewing machine

1834 – early refrigerator, an ether ice machine

1836 – first revolver, Samuel Colt

1837 – first telegraph

         first postage stamp

1838 – Morse code by Samuel Morse

1839 – first bicycle

1846 – first anesthesia for tooth extraction

1849 – first safety pin

1850 – first dishwasher

1856 – pasteurization

1857 – first Pullman Sleeping Car for trains

1858 – first rotary washing machine

1862 – Gatling patents first machine gun

           first dynamite

           first tin can with a can opener

first traffic light

1872 – first mail-order catalog

1876  – first telephone

           first phonograph
           first fire truck

1878 – long lasting light bulb

1880 – toilet paper

1881 – roll film for cameras

1877 - Player piano

1884 – first fountain pen

           first cash register

1885 – first internal-combustion automobile

           first gas-engined motorcycle

1886 – first Coca Cola

1887 – radar

         - first contact lenses

        -  first gramophone

1893 – first zipper

1895 – first picture show

1898 – first roller coaster

1899 – first motor-driven vacuum cleaner

Sounds like a slower, easier time, doesn’t it? If you could go back in a time machine to any time in history, where would you go? Leave a comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS.


At a time when most people in America have never flown in an airplane, spunky Mandy McCabe test-pilots repaired war planes as part of the Women Air Force Service Pilots. If the Army air Corp shuts down the WASP program, she must return to life in her hard-scrabble home and face her past.

ANNE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines who fall in love. She writes historical and suspense novels. Her second novel, a Scottish historical, Masquerade Marriage, won numerous writing awards. The sequel Marriage By Arrangement released in February 2013. Anne’s a small-town girl who makes her home in McKinney, Texas.



  1. Love this post! I'm always fascinated by the "technology" back in the day and how all these great inventions came about. And surprising many of them have advanced or have become obsolete! Thanks for sharing with us.

    If I can go back, I would like to go back to the Regency England period just because I love that period in literature, but in terms of technology, I'm intrigued by the turn of the century, late 1880s sounds good.

  2. This is so fascinating didn't know all that. Thank you. I would go back to Paul Revere's time 1776- He is my 10th Great Grandfather.

  3. I would want to enjoy the1950's with great music, neighborhoods and family values. Sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com