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The advances in technology throughout the early 20th century led to the age of electricity, allowing many homes in America and around the world to be powered by electricity, which led to a time of prosperity. Since we love all things 20s here at The Thirsty Barber, we’ve come up with a list of some of the best and most useful things invented in the 1920s:

The Instant Camera
The earliest instant camera, which consisted of a camera and a portable darkroom in a single compartment, was invented by Samuel Shlafrock in 1923. Although the credit for the instant camera as we know it today goes to American scientist Edwin Land, Shlafrock’s camera was a big step in the world of photography. Just think about what a hassle it must have been to take selfies back then!

Traffic Lights
Although the first automated traffic control system was invented in 1910 with just the words STOP and PROCEED, traffic lights as we know them today were invented in the early 1920s by police officer William Potts. Can you imagine how much worse the traffic in Malta would be if it weren’t for this invention? Three cheers to Officer Potts!

The Bread Slicer
We’ve all heard the phrase “the greatest thing since sliced bread” being used for various cool and innovative inventions, so it’s safe to say that the bread slicer was one of the best things invented in the 1920s – if not in all of time. The marvellous contraption was created by Otto Frederick Rohwedder in 1912 and the first fully working machine was completed in 1927.

You’ve got to be crazy to not own a pair on sunglasses in Malta – especially in summer. Sunglasses were invented by Sam Foster in 1929. Before this, people used to wear glasses with tinted lenses which were created by James Ayscough, although these were made for vision impairments rather than protection from sunrays.

The Television
Inventor John Logue Baird created the first television in around 1925 where he gave the first public demonstration of televised silhouettes in motion. By January 1926, he demonstrated the transmission of an image of a face in motion by radio. The first transatlantic television signal, between London and New York, was broadcast in 1928.

It goes without saying that there were many more hugely impactful things invented in the 1920s, but these are some of our favourites.

If you love the 1920s period as much as we do, be sure to come and visit The Thirsty Barber – Malta’s first ever Prohibition style bar. We guarantee an awesome night of great music, amazing drinks, and an authentic 20s vibe.

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