A brief history of lawn mowers should help people understand a thing or two about the industry and the nature of modern lawn mowing. It should be noted that even though lawn mowers were invented before the twentieth century, they did not become especially popular or profitable until the twentieth century was well underway.
The twentieth century in the postwar period coincided with the development of consumer culture and suburban lawn care setups. Lawn mowers could become hugely popular and profitable in a world where lots of middle class people had their own sizable tracts of land. The suburban situation of the twentieth century is actually a rarity historically.
Edwin Budding invented the very first lawn mower in 1830. He secured the British patent on August 31, 1830. Lawns in the modern sense were rare, and Edwin Budding’s invention was used on big gardens and broad sporting grounds. Before his invention, the grass on sporting grounds was cut with scythes by hand, and it was a matter of difficult and intense physical labor. His early lawn mower was one of the many labor-saving devices that started becoming popular throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Like many items in the nineteenth century, including balconies, Edwin Budding’s lawn mower was made from wrought iron.
In the 1850’s, Thomas Green & Son of Leeds introduced a new type of lawn mower that was much more lightweight and quiet than Edwin Budding’s early innovation. It was also the first lawn mower to use a chain drive. Ten years later, lawn mowers were finally manufactured on a broader scale. Motor mowers were developed by Atco Ltd. during the 1920’s, and these lawn mowers were much easier to use and much more powerful. By the 1950’s, many more successful lawn mower manufacturers arrived on the scene. The lawn mower is a part of modern life that many people take for granted today. However, even they had to start somewhere.
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The Science Museum in London is located at South Kensington on the Exhibition Road. It falls under the umbrella of the National Museum of Science and Industry and shares its glory with the Victoria Albert Museum that is located in the town of Kensington and Chelsea. The museum comprises of seven floors that house interactive galleries and history of technology.
The museum has exhibits like the oldest functional steam train, Babbage Difference Engine, the maiden jet engine, sample papers from early typewriter trials and stimulation of the Clock of Long Now. These comprised the Museum of Patents and were placed in the Science Collection of South Kensington Museum.
Later, in the year 1909, more exhibits were added that it was declared a museum by itself. A director was appointed. The building was opened in 1920 to the public. The museum now has over 300,000 articles and is considered to be the most prominent in the field of medical science. The fourth floor houses an expansive collection meant for the medical practice. It is exclusive to reconstructive performances. The fifth floor presents a collection of age old instruments used by ancient doctors from various parts of the world. The latest wing is in the honour of Henry Wellcome, a pharmaceutical entrepreneur.
The science museum has a library that until the 1960s was the National Library for Science, Medicine, and Technology. The medical collection here is said to be the best. The ground floor is dedicated for Space Exploration. Here you can find visual reconstructs of Industrial Revolution. There are more than 50 exhibits that include the final remaining of steam locomotives. The next level is devoted to metals, communication, food and energy generation. The third floor is exclusively meant for aircrafts. That has some visually enticing photographs. The Flight Gallery houses a full size historic aircraft. Also find the Stephenson’s Rocket and Apollo spacecraft.
The Science Museum is a renowned historical institution that is a favourite tourist destination if you are in London. It is not just a tourist destination but is a learning centre as well. It preserves many scientific artefacts that speak of the scientific innovations from different parts of the world. The museum was opened in the year 1857, and the first collections were from the Royal Society of Arts.
Some items were also from the 1851 Great Exhibition that holds the achievements in the field of science and technology. It was the first part of the South Kensington Museum and later was carved out to form the Science Museum in the year 1885. Currently, the muscle holds 300,000 showcases among them that attract the attention of visitors include the Stevenson’s Rocket (steam locomotive), the model of DNA developed by James Watson and specialized mechanical digital calculator.
The museum is open for visitors for free since December 2001. This has made it a popular attraction. There is a Science Night that describes the amazing facts of the night with a scientific bent of mind. Children between the age of 8 and 11 up to 380 kids are allowed to spend the evening in the museum where they are given an opportunity to spend time with the exhibits. The kids wake up in the morning for breakfast that will be served at the museum. With science facts and IMAX film, the experience becomes memorable for the children. The place is not just for fun it is also a forum for learning where scientific debates are held. There is an urban bar that was opened in the year 2003.