Mary Phelps Jacob, a New York socialite, received a patent for the "Backless Brassiere", the precursor to the modern bra, on Nov. 3, 1914. She created it using two handkerchiefs and a ribbon after buying a sheer evening ... More »

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Mary Phelps Jacob is credited as the inventor of the modern brassiere. She received a patent in 1914 for her design, which began in 1913 with a prototype made from silk handkerchiefs and pink ribbon. More »

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The first patented bra was invented in 1913 by New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob. She called it a "brassiere," named after the French word for upper arm. More »

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The first patented bra was invented in 1913 by New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob. She called it a "brassiere," named after the French word for upper arm. More »

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The first known telescope dates back to October 1608 in the Netherlands when a patent discussion was taking place. Hans Lipperhey was the first person to file for a patent, but Jacob Metius applied shortly afterward. No ... More »

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Jeans were officially invented in 1873, the year that Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received their patent for hardy blue twill fabric pants with riveted seams. The fabric associated with jeans predates the patent by centu... More »

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The helicopter as a practical flying machine was invented in 1931 with a patent application by Igor Sikorsky. The patent was accepted by the U.S. government in 1935, and Sikorsky's helicopter first flew in Connecticut on... More »

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