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Five Quirky Firsts and Inventions from the 1920s

The 1920s were a decade of firsts and innovations, and many of the things we take for granted today have their roots in this eventful decade. From televisions to fridges, from roller coasters to Branston Pickle, from crosswords to death rays, we take a look at just a few of the brilliant and bizarre inventions that stemmed from the 1920s – using advertisements and articles from the British Newspaper Archive. Want to learn more? Register now and explore The Archive

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Invention of the ice cream cone by Charles Menches – 23 July 1904

There are 100s of different flavours of old newspaper stories about ice cream (including secret recipes…) to be found in The British Newspaper Archive. But did you know that on 23 July 1904, Charles Menches had a ‘Eureka!’ moment, while watching people eat ice cream at the World Fair at St Louis? Read this fascinating story about the invention of the ice cream cone – 108 years young today!   Hull Daily Mail – Tuesday 29 December 1931 Image ©

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