While credited for the invention of bifocals, the Franklin stove
, refrigeration, there are many other notable inventions still used to date.
The Franklin stove
, invented in 1741 by Benjamin Franklin, is credited as the official precursor to the airtight stove.
There's a bit of a chill in the air, so the kid comes in from gathering firewood, kicks the door open, and drops his load next to the Franklin stove
. While he's adding logs to the fire, slamming the door much more often than necessary, the attorney decides he will have some tea, cranks up the heat under the kettle, and minutes later it is whistling like an air raid siren.
The potbelly stove, based on improvements to Benjamin Franklin's metal-lined fireplace, the "Franklin Stove
," became a popular wood-burning heat source in the United States during the 1800s.
The coffee brewed in camp by the 49ers, in the Civil War as Camp Coffee, and later known as Cowboy Coffee is an on-the-road version of the way coffee was prepared in the 19th century home on a Franklin stove
in population centers.
In a dusty living room in Petaluma, California, on a sawhorse table next to a Franklin stove
, is the aging computer whose dial-up connection serves as William J.
Many of us are familiar with Franklin's "big" inventions: the lightning rod, the Franklin stove
and the bifocal glasses.
The Russian Fireplace, the Steinofen and Kachelofen in Europe, and the Tandoor with Tab-khaneh (other spellings include tanur/taba khana) in Afghanistan (6,7) lead up to the development of the 18th century Franklin Stove
, which became a preferred heating system in many buildings.
* Artifacts related to Franklin's inventions--including bifocals, the Franklin stove
, the armonica (glass harmonica), and microscope--and his activities in publishing, firefighting, the postal service, libraries and education, abolishing of slavery, and diplomacy and government.
In this tongue-and-cheek biography of Benjamin Franklin, the inspiration for Ben's inventions and discoveries, including electricity and the Franklin Stove
, is no less than Amos, a rather pompous rodent.
I didn't have to throw any sparkly earbobs into the Franklin stove
, but the "household goods and personal effects" I'll be allowed to keep are a fraction of the things I've collected over the years.
This all-around eighteenth-century man invented the lightning rod the Franklin stove
bifocal lenses and the extendable arm that many stores still use today to reach items on the highest shelves.