Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World by Wilson Casey

By Wilson Casey

For a person who ever desired to recognize the historical past of the chocolate chip cookie, earmuffs, and sunlight Savings...

Firsts-history during the milestones of human achievement-are enjoyable. And Wilson Casey, minutiae professional, has accumulated over 500 firsts in approximately each significant type of tradition: from style to meals, politics to technological know-how, leisure to artwork to architec­ture. every one "first" is an entire rationalization of the subject handy, written in a funny but authoritative kind. It comprises:

•The actual background of the golfing tee

•How a blind guy got here up with cruise keep watch over

•The delusion at the back of the origins of the Caesar salad

•Why and the way the 1st dieter dieted

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These cards were essentially photos glued to stiff cardboard backings and were popularly called the “Old Judge” cards because the photos were stationary, not action, shots. Some of the cards featured players posing in studio-created backgrounds with props. Action shots showing catches and batter swings were made using innovations such as a baseball suspended on a string, and in many instances, you could see the string in the photo. Other sets featured full-color lithographs of the game’s top stars.

The barber/surgeon simply rinsed out the cloth and hung it on a pole in the doorway of the shop to dry. The bandages would often flop, blow, and twist together, forming a spiral pattern around the pole. This subsequently led to the painted red-and-white-striped barber’s pole we know today. Barbie Doll The first Barbie doll debuted at the New York International Toy Fair on March 9, 1959 (Barbie’s official birthday). Created by Ruth Handler, cofounder with her husband, Eliot, of Mattel, a toy company in El Segundo, California, the doll appeared in a black-and-white striped swimsuit with her signature ponytail.

Both she and Brisbane agreed that a pen name was in order. Marie Manning suggested “Beatrice Fairfax,” after Dante’s Beatrice and the Manning family’s country place in Fairfax County, Virginia. That first advice column served as the staging ground for the later nationally syndicated sister act of Esther and Pauline Friedman, better known as “Ann Landers” and “Dear Abby” for a significant part of their long and successful careers. Aerosol Spray In 1926, Norwegian inventor Eric Rotheim discovered that a liquid could be housed in and sprayed from an aluminum can injected with a pressure-building gas or liquid.

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