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Inventions & Discoveries

Goodness knows what computer you are using to surf the net at the moment but odds on it is beyond what you considered technology was capable of only five years ago. Although far from the HAL of 2001 Deep Blue can now be considered the greatest chess 'mind' which exists on the planet. It cannot tie shoe laces but never mind.

So what am I getting at? Well while computers and all things technology hurtles us into a unknown future it is almost impossible to imagine what the world was like before this era.

We all look back to the days when the pace of life was slower (give it ten minutes thought and few of us would swap.) so it is hard to imagine the excitement that many of the Victorian inventions caused, afterall we take them for granted now.

Inventions and discoveries was a topic which the cigarette companies examined on a number of occassions and give us a snapshot of yesteryear.

Some of the sets dealing with general inventions are the following:

Famous Scots Ardath 1935
Famous People Brooke Bond 1969
Inventors & Inventions Brooke Bond 1975
Celebreties Cohen & Weenen 1900-1902 various
Inventions & Discoveries (Series 1 & 2 Coopers & Co ?
Inventors and their Inventions RJ Hill 1907 & 1939
Scientific Inventions & Discoveries RJ Hill 1929
Modern Inventions Rothmans 1935
Inventions that changed the World Tonibell 1963
Great Achievements Typhoo 1962
Interesting Experiments United Tobacco ?
Famous Inventions Wills 1915
Science & Inventions Quaker 1974
Inventors Series Bucktrout 1924

There are others of course, the above list is not meant to be exhaustive. However of interest is the fact that Players seemed not to have issued a general inventions/discovery set.

The 8 sets that are underlined represent 291 cigarette cards and have been used as a subset for further investigation.

The compilers of these sets have done my 'monk' work for me. Those 291 cards rather amazingly cover 120 inventions which goes to show just how varied the whole business is. Trying to find some sort of concensus within these sets was quite difficult. Steam, the outright winner, only got a mention thirteen times (4 of those in Will, Famous Inventions (1905) and another three in RJ Hill, Scientific Inventions and Discoveries (1929).

Top

Steam 13 mentions
Electricity 11 mentions
Wireless & Morse 11 mentions
Aeroplanes 7 mentions
Camera 6 mentions
Motor Cars 6 mentions
Safety Lamp 6 mentions
Television 6 mentions
Telescope 5 mentions
Gramophone 5 mentions

Ten.

Well surprises there I am sure. Obviously there is a bias because of the age of these cards but that is the whole point. What is interesting is how fast the world has changed. I doubt that Steam, The Safety Lamp or the Gramphone would make many lists of top ten inventions nowadays. Wireless and morse might but then again might not. Although steam was mentioned in both 1975 sets. Television had an early advocate in RJ Hills 1929 set so well done them.

I feel that Typhoo rather missed the point when it failed to mention Areoplanes in 1964 but steam got a mention on two occassions. The telephone did not quite make it to the top ten, something | imagine would be inconcievable today.

Brooke Bond, Inventors and Inventions. (1974)

A series of 50 cards the full issue is worth a close examination.

1 The Wheel
2 The Plough
3 Archimedes
4 The Compass
5 History of Printing
6 Leonardo da Vinci
7 The Microscope
8 The Telescope
9 Measurement of Time
10 The Steam Engine
11 The Piano
12 Mariners Sextant
13 The Fire Extinguisher
14 The Typewriter
15 Benjamin Franklin
16 The Spinning Machine
17 History of the Lock
18 The Sewing Machine
19 The Electric Battery
20 George Stephensons Rocket
21 The Miners Safety Lamp
22 The Bicycle
23 Reading for the Blind
24 The Dynamo
25 The Refrigerator
26 The Revolver
27 The Nut and Bolt
28 Plate and Roll film cameras
29 The Morse Code
30 The Pneumatic Tyre
31 The Safety razor
32 The Lifeboat
33 Traffic Signals
34 The Telephone
35 Thomas Alva Edison
36 The Washing Machine
37 Guglielmo Marconi
38 The Motor Car
39 The Movie Camera
40 The Vacuum Cleaner
41 The Hearing Aid
42 Television
43 Catseyes
44 Radar
45 The Jet Engine
46 The Transistor
47 The Polaroid Camera
48 The Hovercraft
49 Hydrofoil Ships
50 A Peep into the Future

Well card one is a revelation, why did that not get into the top ten. Card 26 The Revolver has to be rather dubious card but nothing was ever said about them being good inventions. Quite how the safety razor and the Lifeboat got into the set is debatable but I am not saying I could do any better.

Enough about the inventions let me now turn to the inventors. Again the same sets of cards have been used to compile the top ten.

Edison 10 menions
Marconi 7 mentions
Baird 6 mentions
Davy 6 mentions
Wright Brothers 5 mentions
Bell 4 mentions
Daguerre 4 mentions
Galileo 4 mentions
Morse 4 mentions
Stephenson 4 mentions

It is probably unsurprising that Edison tops the league. He would do so in most lists people constructed. What is quite interesting is the steam pioneers appear only in tenth (Watt appears eleventh) which might be an example of a split vote.

It is who does not appear on the cards which is quite amazing. Lister and Fleming for example only poll one card each out of the 291. Obviously health care was not high on the list of critical advancements for cigarette companies.