Wooden swimming costumes, a photograph gun and a mill to send water uphill: The strangest inventions of history that show human ingenuity is boundless
From wooden swimming costumes to a straw radio hat, these are the nostalgic inventions from century's ago that never quite took off.
The collection of weird and wacky creations date as far back as the 1500s and show a range of bizarre and quirky ideas.
In one picture, it might seem that a gun is being fired at point blank range but it is in fact a camera. Designed in New York in 1938, the Revolver Gun takes a picture when you pull the trigger.
The show must go on: The bed piano especially designed for people who are confined to bed rest but still want to make music. It was created in the UK, in 1935
Quick dip anyone? A group of young swimmers tied a bike tyre around the body as a swimming aid in Germany 1925
A real photo-shoot: A Colt 38 carrying a small camera. Designed in New York in 1938, the Revolver Gun takes a picture when you pull the trigger and a portable radio in a straw hat, made by an American inventor, in 1931
Stiff upper lip: A gas resistant pram, pictured in England, Hextable, 1938
Another bizarre concept designed in the Netherlands in 1915 shows an inflatable boat with boots attached to the bottom, so passengers can use their legs as paddles.
A further strange invention created by L. Deth in 1926 was labeled the 'folding bridge for emergencies', created so people could cross rivers and streams in case of disaster.
Sadly these weird and wonderful inventions didn't quite make it into the shops for long enough for them to stick around and make it into the 21st century.
Perhaps one of the odder creations is the 1924 French car designed with a shovel attached to the front in order to catch stray pedestrians and reduce casualties within the bustling streets of Paris.
A wheelie good idea: A wheel motorcycle invented by Italian M. Goventosa de Udine, in 1931
Anyone fancy a weighty dip? Wooden bathing suits... to make swimming much 'easier' in Waquian, Washington, USA and left, plastic face protection or use in a snowstorm , in Canada, Montreal, 1939
Who needs the internet? The Wireless Newspaper invented in 1938, picture shows children reading the pages of a Missouri paper
Another image shows swimsuits made out of wood, apparently for the purpose of making it easier to swim.
If you've ever wondered what you did before the invention of the IPod, and how you ever managed to go about your boring day-to-day activities without the luxury of listening to music, look no further than the 1931 straw radio hat.
The hat was created by an American inventor for the purpose of allowing people to listen to music on the go, but at the time was discarded as a crazy idea, and quickly forgotten about.
Also among the collection of wacky inventions are a piano for the bedridden and a one wheel motor-cycle - with the maximum speed of a staggering 93mph
The gas war resistant pram is one of the only English inventions out of them all, which shows a lady testing a stroller that can withstand possible gas attacks.
Size is not object: An extensible caravan, built by a French engineer in France in 1934
A pedestrian catcher: A shovel was fixed onto the front of a car was used to reduce the number of casualties among drunk pedestrians in Paris, 1924
The amphibious bike: The 'Cyclomer' was capable of using on both land and water. It was created in Paris in 1932
Mirrored Bed Glasses The Hamblin glasses, a pair of glasses especially designed for reading in bed. England, 1936 and an electrically heated police vest, developed for the traffic police in the United States, 1932
Bridge over troubled water: A further strange invention created by L. Deth in 1926 was labeled the 'folding bridge for emergencies', created so people could cross rivers and streams in case of disaster
One that was not so strange, but the testing method leaves a lot to be desired. Bulletproof glass, demonstrated by the New York police, 1931
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Strangest Inventions Of History
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