Ten Inventions Introduced AFTER the Cubs’ 1908 World Series Win

Ed Wenck
Nov 03, 2016

After a drought that ran from 1908 to 2016, the Chicago Cubs have finally won a World Series. Forget the goat, forget Bartman – the Cubbies’ “curse” is over.

The planet’s changed a lot since that early-20th-century Cubs club hoisted the trophy – we’ve seen space travel, the internet, the computer mouse, the smart phone – all of that’s been developed in the intervening 108 years.

But there’s a pretty surprising list of tech we now take for granted that was introduced AFTER the ’08 Classic. Some examples:

  1. Sliced bread. Machine-sliced commercially-packaged bread was first produced by the Chillicothe Baking Co. (MO) in 1928. The machine itself had been invented in 1912.
  2. The pop-up toaster. Charles Strite came up this ubiquitous kitchen gadget in 1919.
  3. Incandescent bulbs filled with inert gas. This efficient trick made the bulb vastly brighter, and was discovered in 1913 by Irving Langmuir.
  4. The commercial radio station. Experimental stations had popped up across the globe after Guglielmo Marconi invented the device in the late 1800s, but Pittsburgh’s KDKA was the first call-sign set up for a business application: Westinghouse wanted to sell the radios it had begun producing, and what better way than to provide actual content?
  5. The zipper and the bra. Both were invented (the zipper by a man, the bra by a woman) in 1913.
  6. The talkies. Edison introduced the first motion picture with synchronized sound in 1910. “Talkies” wouldn’t be commercially viable for nearly two more decades.
  7. The Model T assembly line. The first Model Ts – built in 1908 – were constructed by hand. Henry Ford would perfect his assembly-line construction over the next few years after the introduction of the first Lizzie.
  8. The automobile ignition system. Farewell to the crank! Charles Ketterling gave us the system that would lead to “car keys” in 1911.
  9. Traffic lights. Garrett A. Morgan came up with the first signal in 1923.
  10. Commercial airlines. A firm known by the acronym DELAG began flying Zeppelins in 1909, and the first commercial flight was a 23-minute hop from St. Petersburg to Tampa, Florida on January 1, 1914. Tony Jannus piloted a flying boat. His single passenger was the mayor of St. Pete, Abram C. Pheil.

One can only imagine what the world will be like when the Browns win a Super Bowl.



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