The Age of Invention
After the United States emerged from the original hardships brought on by two wars on domestic soil it soon became a place of large amounts of intellectual progress. Many of the items we use today were developed at this time. Everything thing from dynamite to a conveyer belt were all designed, constructed, and patented starting in 1860 and ending in 1912.
Beginning in the mid 1850's the invention age began. It started out with simple and seemingly insignificant inventions, such as crayons; but the thoughts of men grew evolved very quickly. Soon men were creating passenger elevators and other machinery that wasn't even thought possible.
Then came the 1860's. It seems that knowledge began to grow at an increasing pace. The cigarette had the honor of opening this time of invention. It was developed in the UK by two men, William and Henry Charlesworth. Although it wasn't a very good start to this age of invention, it could only get better.
Louis Pasteur quickly made the age go from bad to good. He invented the process known as pasteurization. Originally he invented it in an effort to save France's wine and beer from going bad, but today it is used on all sorts of dairy products.
For the rest of the decade many inventors tried their hand at producing a product that would live for much longer then they could ever imagine. Some of these scientist and hopeful mechanics live on in our history books, and other live on through their products. Dynamite was invented by Alfred Nobel, and the first typewriter was created.
Although their were many inventions in this time period, it was only the beginning. The next five decades had many inventions. Two of the most prominent inventors during this time period...