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The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Inventions

Discover the True Stories Behind the World's 64 Most Overlooked Innovations

Laura Hetherington, Rebecca Pry (Illustrator)


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The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Inventions uncovers the fascinating, humorous, and often unbelievable origins behind the world’s most overlooked innovations!

Nobody knows the backstories behind our most taken-for-granted inventions, like credit cards, egg cartons, windshield wipers, and breakfast sandwiches! But the strange and wonderful origins of these inventions are far from ordinary: They are rooted in forgotten history. Inside this hardcover book, discover the extraordinary true stories of:

the TOASTER — actually the best thing before sliced bread  
the PASSPORT — the original Facebook  
the TOOTHBRUSH — so much more than bamboo + hog bristles 
the PIZZA SAVER — no pie left behind since 1985  
SLICED BREAD — at first, no one wanted it 
and MANY, MANY MORE of history’s most influential discoveries! 

Organized chronologically from 75,000 B.C. to today and illustrated with more than 200 pieces of original artwork, The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Inventions is as beautiful as it is entertaining and informative. Discover who invented BATHING, why some of the first-ever BEDS were naturally mosquito-repellant, how president Theodore Roosevelt’s encounter with a black bear inspired the TEDDY BEAR, and why SELFIE STICKS might be older than you think!

Whalen Book Works, 9781732512641, 144pp.

Publication Date: November 26, 2019

About the Author

Laura Hetherington is a writer, actress, and comedian in New York City. Originally from a nice town in Maryland that you've never heard of, she received a BA in English from Fordham University and has a love for The X-Files, a good hike, and staring deeply into the eyes of her roommate, Charles the Yorkie. Follow her at @_lauragolightly on Instagram.