20 Odd Inventions From the Past That Are Useless Nowadays

The rapid development of technology has made it possible to have a lot of new inventions day by day, but as we move forward in the future those things we consider state of the art, can disappear in the blink of an eye.

Today everything goes by in a rush, but if we look back in time when things were more simple, we can see some odd-looking inventions that helped ease the everyday routine. From absolutely massive aerial cameras to diving suits that will haunt your nightmares, check out a collection of incredible technology from the post below!

#1 300 Year Old Library Tool That Enabled A Researcher To Have Seven Books Open At Once, Yet Conveniently Nearby (Palafoxiana Library, Puebla)

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#2 In 1955, This Tiny Electric Narrow Gauge Train Was Installed In New York’s Holland Tunnel To Monitor Traffic Speed

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#3 350 Year Old Pocket Watch Carved From A Single Colombian Emerald

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#4 The World’s Oldest Surviving Diving Suit: The Old Gentleman, From 1860

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#5 This Car Is A French ‘Delahaye 175s Roadster’, Introduced At The Paris Motor Show In 1949. Only One Was Ever Made. It Was Recently Sold At Auction For Around Five Million Dollars.

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#6 Robo-Vac, A Self-Proppeled Vacuum Cleaner Part Of Whirlpool’s Miracle Kitchen Of The Future, A Display At The 1959 American National Exhibition In Moscow, 1959

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#7 Kodak K-24 Camera, Used For Aerial Photography During Ww2 By The Americans

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#8 A British Couple Sleeps Inside A “Morrison Shelter” Used As Protection From Collapsing Homes During The WWII ‘Blitz’ Bombing Raids… March 1941

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#9 Motorola Vice President John F. Mitchell Showing Off The Dynatac Portable Radio Telephone In New York City In 1973

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#10 One-Wheel Motorcycle, Germany, 1925

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#11 Helen, An American Indian Telephone And Switchboard Operator, Montana, 1925

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#12 Philco Predicta Television From The Late 1950s<

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#13 A Rail Zeppelin And A Steam Train Near The Railway Platform. Berlin, Germany, 1931

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#14 The Old “Telefontornet” Telephone Tower In Stockholm, Sweden, With Approximately 5,500 Telephone Lines C. 1890

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#15 A Thin TV Screen (Only 4 Inches Thick) With An Automatic Timing Device To Record TV Programs For Later Viewing Is The Wave Of The Future As Shown At The Home Furnishings Market In Chicago, Illinois, On June 21, 1961

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#16 Soviet Peasants Listen To The Radio For The First Time, 1928

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#17 Motorized Roller-Skate Salesman In California, 1961

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#18 TV Glasses Decades Before Google Glass, 1960s

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#19 The Open Side View Of An Old Calculator

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#20 FBI’s Fingerprint Files, 1944

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People Are Sharing The Oldest And Most Interesting Things They Own (20 Pics)

A lot of people hate wasting things. Even if it is the oldest thing, they still keep those little items hoping they might come to use one day. You can’t even imagine the wonderful things people have been able to come up with while trying to bring old things to life. Although it might take a little bit of time to get pleasant results as some things need repair, yet all that work and effort are totally worth it in the end.

The users of the r/Antiques subreddit are sharing the most interesting and unique old things that they own. Truly indeed, these items are enchanting. For this reason, Earthwonders made a list of some of the most interesting items people found and wanted to share them with you.

Scroll down below to check them out and remember to upvote your favorite treasure. Meanwhile, let us know in the comments if you have ever encountered something like that yourself. Also, if you want to see more interesting findings, make sure to check here.

1. Sewing done by my great grandma 1920s. Hope you all enjoy as much as I do!

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2. 1897-1898, First Edition, Edgar Allan Poe -Poems and Tales. Found it at a used book store.

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3. Grandparents had this in their home since at least the early 70s. Pretty sure it was a ceiling lamp at one time, but I have inherited it and keeping it as a desk lamp. And to my surprise, it’s also uranium glass.

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4. Just thought I’d share my phonograph!

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5. Circa 1892 Worlds Fair blocks…

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6. My 1909 GE D-12 toaster. One of the first electric toasters made. The cord was screwed into a light socket.

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7. It’s in obviously horrible condition, but I couldn’t leave it by the dumpster. Stretcher is marked 1885, and it’s covered with a ridiculous amount of grime.

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8. A letter written by a child to her mom from 1867

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9. I found this old razor while helping my grandma clean some cupboards

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10. Flea market find today. It’s an actual turtle shell and the animals are of bronze.

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11. A 18th century Ormolu cartel clock, signed Robinet a Paris, that has been in my family for generations, back home from the clockmaker and finally chiming for the first time in decades!

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12. This oversized lamp, seller said it was from the 50’s but I cannot for the life of me find one that resembles it.

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13. Inherited my grandfathers gun cabinet. I think it was originally a armoire, any info is appreciated. Need to replace the glass but am pretty excited.

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14. This was my grandfather’s, a nice sturdy wooden Buttler I love it and use it everyday.

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15. Reclining Wheelchair built between 1913-1917

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16. I’ve had this old cuff since I was little, one of my old childhood friends gave this to me in an old box.

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17. Found my aunt’s knife. It has horses all over it. Im not sure what it means and I’m curious as to how much it could be sold for. I don’t plan on selling it though.

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18. Found this while going through my Grammys things, does anyone know when it’s from?

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19. Flea market find. I believe mid Victorian era but I’m not 100% sure. 24 inches long. Unmarked, possibly low carat gold but most likely gold filled. I figured it was worth $0.50

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20.  Found in my grandmother’s trunk with her parents’ things from Scotland. About 3.5″x 3.5″

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