The Ingenious Victorians

Weird and Wonderful Ideas from the Age of Innovation

John Wade

 
Date Published :
August 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
200 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781473849013
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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We all know that some of the greatest inventions came from the Victorian age, the successors of which are still with us today. But this book is not entirely about those. It’s more about some of the weird and wonderful inventions, ideas and projects – some successful, others less so – that have largely been forgotten. Where well-known inventions or design concepts are included, it is from a perspective not previously appreciated, with details of the ingenious technology and thinking that led to their introduction and success.

Here you can read how Victorian innovators were responsible for: the world’s largest glass structure; an electric railway with lines under the sea and a carriage on stilts 20 feet above the waves; a monster globe that visitors could enter to see the world’s land masses, seas, mountains and valleys modeled on the interior; cameras disguised as bowler hats and many other everyday objects; the London Underground as a steam railway; safety coffins designed to prevent premature burial; unusual medical uses for electricity; the first traffic lights, which exploded a month after their erection in Westminster; and the birth and rapid rise to popularity of the cinema ... as well as many other ingenious inventions.

About The Author
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John Wade is a freelance writer and photographer, with more than forty years’ experience in both fields. He has written, illustrated, edited and contributed to more than thirty books, plus numerous magazine articles, for book and magazine publishers in the UK, US and Australia. His specialities are photographic history and techniques, as well as social history. His most recent books include _The Ingenious Victorians_ (Pen & Sword, 2016), and _London Curiosities_ (Pen & Sword, 2017).

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