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Business Histories

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If you’ve ever been curious as to when the first this-or-that happened, and perhaps led to an invention or an industry, then look no further than the gem of a site that I just came across!  Just click on the image below to go to the website, and enjoy!  There, you’ll find the following categories:

Accountancy; advertising; agribusiness; agricultural machinery; aircraft; airlines; arts; automotive (A-G) & (H-W); banking; beverages; biotechnology; broadcasting; business services; chemicals; computers; conglomerates; construction; consumer (non-cyclical); containers; defence; drugs;  electronics;  engineering;  entertainment; family business; fashion & beauty; financial services; food 1 & 2; food service; footwear; forest products; gaming; gas; healthcare; high technology; home furnishings; hospitality; household appliances; industrial equipment; information technology; insurance;  internet; jewellery; law; leisure; machine tools; manufacturing; media;  metals; mining; nonprofit; office equipment; oil; oil service; paper & packaging; publishing to 1900, from 1900, A-L & M-Z; railroads; real estate; regions (A-M) & (N-Z); retail; rubber; savings & loans; securities; shipbuilding; shipping; sports; steel and iron; telecommunications; textiles; tobacco; tourism; toys; transport; utilities; waste disposal; weapons; whaling; blacks in business; kids & business; women in business; and scandal & fraud.

 

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The History of the Treadmill

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Have you ever been jogging on one of those contraptions called treadmills and thought, “Who the heck thought up this torture device?!”  Like the Rack, the treadmill actually started off as a form of torture in British prisons.  Just click on the image below to watch a short TED talk on the history of the Treadmill.

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Image Credit:  TED Talk

The Art of Make-Up

This device from 1930, invented by Max Factor, helps correct the application of make-up.

I shall merely note that it’s only this complicated when a male scientist attempts it…

This device from 1930, invented by Max Factor, helps correct the application of make-up

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