As the 1800s turned to the 20th century, Charles Holland Duell, commissioner of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is purported to have stated the Patent Office could be closed because “everything that can be invented has been invented.”
Though it’s widely disputed that he actually said this, we can all agree how far from the truth that idea was, considering the amazing inventions of the last 100 years.
Aside from innovations such as the Internet, life-saving medical devices, and jet planes, other common household items we use every day came about in the 20th century and are pretty amazing in their own right. For example, 85 years ago today, Schick introduced the first electric shaver, just one of the many innovative unique gifts Hammacher Schlemmer has introduced to American consumers over the years.
Today, we proudly offer The Best Gentleman’s Foil Shaver. It earned its rating from the
Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it produces the closest, most comfortable shave. The Best model’s foils gently vibrate to lift hair follicles, enabling the five blades—the most in the industry—to cut below the skin. It can cut right through three days’ stubbly growth and is easy to clean, too.
In 1934, we introduced the Waring blender—considered a novelty in its day—and now there’s a blender in nearly every home. Today, we proudly feature The Best Blender which earned its rating from The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it blended more quickly and was the only tested model with six blades. It earned the highest score for ease of use, thanks to its dishwasher-safe pitcher and blades and dual spouts that enable easy pours.
When we debuted the Rovaphone, the first cordless telephone, in 1973, it was a groundbreaking achievement to wander around the room, phone in hand, without a cord as a tether. Today, Hammacher Schlemmer offers the Caller Announcing Large View Phone System. The base phone and its portable handset both have a large caller ID display and an audible feature that announces callers’ names. This phone is the best choice as a unique gift for folks whose eyesight and hearing aren’t what they used to be. You can adjust the handset’s audio to suit your hearing, plus oversized, backlit buttons make dialing easier.
We’re certain more amazing inventions are yet to come, things not even yet in anyone’s imagination. Count on Hammacher Schlemmer to offer amazing and unique gift ideas that are The Best, The Only and The Unexpected delights for family and friends to make our daily lives easier.