9 Things That Have Significantly Changed Over Time


A photo of ancient Egyptian dentistry that was misrepresented went viral a few months ago. Over Time The image was quickly debunked, but it left an impression on us — so much so that it inspired us to embark on a mission. We decided to investigate how some of the things we are familiar with appeared decades, centuries, or millennia ago.

Anomalous Club would like to share some images that demonstrate that necessity is the mother of invention once again.

1. Dental bridges

 Ancient Egyptians used wires to replace missing teeth, according to several studies and findings. The “donor teeth” and adjoining teeth were drilled, and the empty space was filled with a soft metal wire that wrapped through and around them.

This old practice has evolved into a variety of procedures, one of which is “dental bridges.” The teeth next to the missing ones are drilled down to a cylindrical shape — anchors — and the bridge, which can be made of porcelain, zirconium, or other materials, is then attached with a special kind of glue.

2. Contact lenses

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 Leonardo DaVinci is credited with being the first to introduce contact lenses in the 1500s. This became a reality hundreds of years later, in 1888, when ophthalmologist Dr. Gaston Fick invented the first pair of blown-glass spectacles. The diameter of the contacts ranged from 18 to 21 mm.

There are more than 140 million contact lens wearers in the world today, and thanks to the growing popularity of Lasik surgery, this number may decline in the coming years.


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The oldest surviving pair of socks was discovered in the 300s. They were originally made by hand with matted animal hair or leather. The socks on the left, which have split toes, were designed to be worn with sandals.

In 1559, the knitting machine was invented, making socks not only easier to make, but also 6 times faster. Silk, cotton, and wool were the primary materials used until 1938, when nylon was invented.

4. Roller skates

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In 1743, in a London stage performance, roller skates were first used. Several designs were patented in the following century. In the 1880s, skates became mass-produced for the first time.

Roller-skating carhops became popular among restaurant patrons in the 1950s and 1960s. They now have a completely different appearance, and while the basic concept remains the same, their popularity has only grown. A worldwide shortage of skates has been reported in the last two years.

5. The toaster

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 Bread has been consumed for over 6,000 years, and the first toaster, which dates from around 1750, was as simple as they come: sliced bread was placed in a welded iron device and toasted over an open fire. In the 1890s, the first electrical toaster was invented, and it only toasted one side of bread.

Charles P. Strite, a Minneapolis resident who complained that the cafeteria at his workplace always served burned toast, invented the “ejecting” toaster as we know it today in 1919. By 1926, the device had made its way into restaurants and was perfectly toasting bread, allowing users to adjust toasting levels to their own preferences.

6. The vacuum cleaner

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 The world’s first vacuum cleaner, according to legend, was patented in 1860; its inventor, Daniel Hess, referred to it as a “carpet sweeper” with the purpose of “destroying dirt.” The first petrol-powered vacuum was invented in the following years.

While traditional vacuum cleaners are still available, robot vacuum cleaners are becoming increasingly popular. The “wandering cleaning circles,” which now resemble a Frisbee disk, can be activated with just one click.

7. Fans

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 Around 1882, the first electricity-powered fan was invented, starting with lotus leaves and peacock feathers. A few years later, the first two-bladed fans were manufactured. Because the rotating blades were not encased in a cage, the first devices were not very safe.

In 1981, the concept of bladeless fans was introduced. The device does have blades, but they’re hidden in the base, contrary to popular belief. The Air Multiplier was introduced in 2009 by designer James Dyson, who gave it a futuristic look.

8. The lawn mower

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The first grass-cutting machine, invented in the 1830s, was also known as a push mower because it required you to physically push it to work. It took over 70 years for the first gasoline-powered one to become available for purchase.

We now have a lawn-mower robot that doesn’t need to be pushed or guided; it only needs to virtually map out your yard and can do the entire job for us, 100 years later.

9. Baby car seats

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 In the early 1900s, the first mass-produced automobile hit the market. Not long after, in the 1930s, child baby seats were introduced, but their primary function was to act as booster seats, lifting the baby high enough for their parents to see them while driving.

In the late 1960s, child safety seats became widely available, and they’ve come a long way since then. Foam padding, seat belt buckles, and attachment mechanisms are now included. They also have an expiration date, which ranges from 6 to 10 years.

What is one vintage item that you use every day? Have you ever come across an old-school baby car seat? Please let us know in the comments section.

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