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Airship Builder

« on: October 02, 2013, 03:09:27 am »

A look at Edison's notebook.


Zeppelin Captain

« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 05:20:04 am »

I've seen a First World War diary that had the blue line rule and red vertical margin printed on the paper. When did this format originate?
Deck Hand
United Kingdom United Kingdom
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2013, 07:08:58 pm »

I'd be really interested if anyone knows the answer, google has failed me. I always associate blue lines and a red margin with school workbooks

I make things and blog about it here!
Major Willoughby Chase
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2013, 11:01:22 am »

I wonder who he copied that idea from?  Grin
Siliconous Skumins
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Rogue Ætherlord
United Kingdom United Kingdom

« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2013, 12:49:58 pm »

I thought his 'to do' list was more interesting... :

1) Get electrical lamp working   Found one in England, awaiting shipment arrival - sent direct to Patent Office!

2) Meeting with Nic Tesla. Tell him it was a "joke", take credit for invention anyway.

3) Have N.T Killed. Or possibly discredit with rumour 'he f***s pigeons' or something!!

4) Get bread / milk. Idea for in home kitchen milk making machine! Bread in bottles delivered fresh?...

5) Horrible squealing noise from metal lathe in workshop, noise from cutting blade when making metal tube - no obvious uses. Noticed worker scribble something down - investigate!

6) Need to find way to record and reproduce sound of voice!! - hate writing 'To Do' lists!

7) Open and read mail - everybody's !

8.) Idea for attaching a camera & small kinematography magic lantern to telephone - call it an "Eyephone"!

9) Wipe out or discredit competetors.

10) PROFIT!!!

 Grin Wink


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Zeppelin Overlord
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2013, 01:42:58 pm »

You've forgotten "kill an elephant".

I think Steve Jobs found this list and finished it.  Grin

The best way to learn is by personal experience.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2013, 03:25:32 pm »

I wonder who he copied that idea from?  Grin


I was about to reply with something similar...

Quote from: Edison
Saw Mr Derby's invention today at the patent office. I changed the name and listed it as one of mine.

Read about Mr Tesla's latest ideas. I shall have to contact certain people to stop his work progressing.

Saw Mr Montgomery's patent for a new type of chair at the office. I changed the name and listed it as another of my patents.

Was asked this morning that if I am so good at inventing things, why am I working in a patent office. By the end of the day, that person no longer works here.

Had a letter from Mr Derby asking if we had received his patent application. I wrote back that we hadn't received it.

Edit -- Apologies to Siliconous Skumins, I didn't see your post.

Fenris Wolf
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Zeppelin Admiral
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2014, 08:16:30 am »

@RJBowman and HerbalJabbage:

Apparently, this is a very good question...

At one poster notes that one appears belonging to Alexander Graham Bell c.1883; another poster submitted a photo of a page from a composition book which shows the handwritten date 1878.

This site reports a mention from 1843. says 1888, which is clearly wrong given the previously cited examples. This inaccuracy is also reported at . (My guess is that this was a patent date for a specific version...)

I will grant that I only did a casual search, and perhaps if I dug further (or, given the vagaries of search algorithms, if I chanced upon the "correct" way to phrase my query) something more definitive would reveal itself. As it stands, it appears that if anyone living knows the answer, they may not be aware that there are people curious to hear from them.

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