Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Tuesday Triumph: Pedal Controls for Automobiles


Continuing our Tuesday Triumph series I have another new old invention to share. Each Tuesday… at least for a while… I’d like to present an invention from the early 1900’s that I have pulled from old World’s Advance magazines. This was the publication that bought out and is now Popular Science. Inventions remind us to stay clever and innovative. These inventions were becoming popular alongside many events that still affect us today. Put yourself back to the time of World War I, and the sinking of the Titanic. Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity was published, and the first pop-up bread toaster was invented. It was a time before zippers and right at the start of the movie industry. I think the innovative creativity can still inspire us today, so please enjoy this Tuesday’s Triumph: Pedal Controls for Automobiles as published by the New York Modern Pub. Co. in Vol. 31 of the World’s Advance (1915).

Pedal Controls for Automobiles

Pedal Controls for Automobiles

“In an effort to make the driving of an automobile a simpler task, an inventor of Virginia has patented a form of pedal of the design shown in one of the sketches. The pedal with the overlapping end is that controlling the clutch of the automobile, while the other is the brake pedal. The idea is to couple the clutch and brake pedal in one control, thus requiring but one foot instead of two for operating the clutch and brakes. As the combined pedal is pressed downward, it throws out the clutch, and, when pressed till further, applies the brakes.”

Maybe it's just me but this just looks dangerous. So when you need to stop- you would have to really stomp on that pedal to find that little brake bubble down there. Then again- I think driving back then was dangerous. Besides, I shouldn't squash innovation.

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