MADE IN BIRMINGHAM – EVERYDAY ITEMS THAT WERE INVENTED AND MADE IN BRUM
21 INVALUABLE OBJECTS THAT WERE ‘MADE IN BIRMINGHAM’
Brilliant #Birmingham The City of Enlightenment, where the Modern World was created by those Lunar Men: Boulton and Watt and their Industrial Revolution powered by Watt’s improved Newcomen steam engines built at Soho Foundry
Here are 21 gadgets that owe their existence to Birmingham.
1. THE PHOTOCOPIER
In 1779, the famous engineer James Watt patented a ‘letter copying machine’ to deal with the mass of paperwork at his business, and also created a special ink to use in the device.
This was the first widely used copier for offices and was such a success that it was in use for more than half a century. It’s considered to be the first ever photocopier.
Watt lived in Regent Place, Birmingham, from 1777 to 1790 and spent most of his time working with Birmingham manufacturer Matthew Boulton, of Soho House, on developing steam engines.
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