The Monopoly game was invented by Charles Darrow in 1933. He sold the rights to George Parker in 1935, then aged 58. Parker invented more than 100 games, including Pit, Rook, Flinch, Risk and Clue.
The hair perm was invented in 1906 by Karl Ludwig Nessler of Germany.
Leonardo da Vinci never built the inventions he designed.
During the 1860s, George Leclanche developed the dry-cell battery, the basis for modern batteries.
In 1894 Thomas Edison and W K L Dickson introduced the first film camera.
The first fax process was patented in 1843.
The first electronic mail, or “email”, was sent in 1972 by Ray Tomlinson. It was also his idea to use the @ sign to separate the name of the user from the name of the computer.
Charles Macintosh invented the waterproof coat, the Mackintosh, in 1823.
Thomas Edison filed 1,093 patents, including those for the light bulb, electric railways and the movie camera. When he died in 1931, he held 34 patents for the telephone, 141 for batteries, 150 for the telegraph and 389 patents for electric light and power.
The first neon sign was made in 1923 for a Packard dealership.