Notable Inventions of the 1880s

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Dates for inventions are often controversial. Inventions are often invented by several inventors around the same time, or may be invented in an impractical form many years before another inventor improves the invention into a practical form. Where there is ambiguity, the date of the first working version of the invention is used here.

1880: Photophone: Alexander Graham Bell

1880: Roll film: George Eastman

1880: Safety razor: Kampfe Brothers

1880: Seismograph: John Milne

1881: Electric welding machine: Elihu Thomson

1881: Metal detector: Alexander Graham Bell

1882: Electric fan: Schuyler Skatts Wheeler

1882: Electric flat iron: Henry W. Seely

1883: Auto engine - compression ignition: Gottlieb Daimler

1883: two-phase (alternating current) induction motor: Nikola Tesla

1884: Linotype machine: Ottmar Mergenthaler

1884: Fountain pen: Lewis Waterman

1884: Punched card accounting: Herman Hollerith

1884: Trolley car, (electric): Frank Sprague, Charles Van Depoele

1885: Automobile patent granted (internal combustion engine powered): Karl Benz first automobile put into production

1885: Automobile, differential gear: Karl Benz

1885: Maxim gun: Hiram Stevens Maxim

1885: Motor cycle: Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach

1885: Alternating current transformer: William Stanley

1886: Dishwasher: Josephine Cochrane

1886: Gasoline engine: Gottlieb Daimler

1886: Improved phonograph cylinder: Tainter & Bell

1887: Monotype machine: Tolbert Lanston

1887: Contact lens: Adolf E. Fick, Eugène Kalt and August Muller

1887: Gramophone record: Emile Berliner

1888: Polyphase AC Electric power system: Nikola Tesla (30 related patents.)

1888: Kodak hand camera: George Eastman

1888: Ballpoint pen: John Loud

1888: Pneumatic tube tire: John Boyd Dunlop

1888: Harvester-thresher: Matteson

1888: Kinematograph: Augustin Le Prince

1888: Automobile Mobile Gasoline Engine: Siegfried Marcus

1889: Automobile, (steam): Sylvester Roper

1889: Automobile, (gasoline): Gottlieb Daimler  

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