Elisha Otis was an American mechanic who invented the safety elevator, which featured a mechanism to prevent the platform from falling if the hoisting cable failed.

The commercial success of Bakelite extended beyond its utility as its distinctive appearance, became a hallmark of the Art Deco era and added another layer to Bakelite’s rapid and widespread adoption.

Canned beer was an immediate success and the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company saw sales skyrocket. Other brewers soon began to adopt the new packaging, and by the end of the year over 200 million cans of beer had sold in the United States.

Davis came up with the idea of reinforcing the stress points of garments with rivets after the wife of a woodcutter asked if he could make a pair of durable trousers for her husband, and approached Strauss with a business proposal whereby Strauss would finance the paperwork and the two men would share the patent.