Hop in a time machine with me; let’s go back to 1919. Woodrow Wilson is president of the U.S., gas is $.25/gal, and a first-class stamp will cost you $.03. Prohibition in the form of the 18th Amendment has been authorized, dial telephones are being introduced, and the pop-up toaster is in its infancy.
Some of these milestones have naturally changed with the times, though one has been overturned (cheers to that!). Few people actually pick up the phone to call someone anymore (and I can’t imagine that anyone dials the numbers when they do), but Edison (and whoever dreamed up those dials) would be positively astounded by what we can accomplish with a phone nowadays. And I don’t know what I’d do without those reliable slices of toast every morning—thanks, Charles Strite! Whether their names are remembered or not, the efforts of early technological pioneers have had lasting effects on our everyday lives.