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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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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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 bra was invented in 1889. A tremendous amount of misinformation exists about who created the brassiere. Most reputable historians and experts point to Herminie Cadolle, a 19th century feminist. More »

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The first person to invent a fully functional television was Philo Taylor Farnsworth, an amateur inventor from Idaho. He publicly displayed his invention in 1927 but had conceived of the technology as early as 1921, when... More »

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, engineer and inventor Peter Cooper Hewitt created the first usable fluorescent lamp in the early 1900s. While earlier inventors and researchers experimented with fluorescence, ... More »