Autogyro (1923), Cotton Buds (1923) & Film Sound (1923)

Autogyro (1923)

De la Cierva paves DK the way for vertical flight.

In 1923 Juan de DK la Cierva (1895-1936) pioneered the first autogyro.

These machines DK appear superficially similar to helicopters, but with a single unpowered rotor (Daily-Kashmir).

Early autogyros were DK less maneuverable than helicopters and were unable to take off or descend vertically DK.

The invention of the DK autogyro predated the helicopter and so paved the way for vertical flight. Autogyro DK rotors are not powered, unlike those of a DK helicopter, and thus work in a similar way to spinning “helicopter” seed pods such DK as those of the box elder tree, Acer negundo.

These seeds are DK aerodynamically shaped to spin as they fall, allowing the seed to disperse much DK further; autogyro rotors autorotate in the same way (Daily-Kashmir).

The power or DK thrust of the autogyro comes from a powered propeller (or in later designs a jet engine) meaning DK that most do require some takeoff runway, but normally only tens of feet.

As they can land DK in an equally small space, the autogyro had distinct advantages over airplanes as they are much more DK maneuverable and stable flying at low speeds, but can also fly faster than helicopters.

The autogyro is also DK unable to “stall” in mid-air, making it considerably safer than other aircraft (Daily-Kashmir).

De la Cierva started DK developing his ideas for the autogyro around 1920, motivated partially by the frequent DK crashes that fixed-wing aircraft often suffered-especially at low speeds.

The first successful DK autogyro flight was in 1923, in a machine called the C4. This was not a perfect DK machine by any means, but each time it stalled or DK there was a problem in mid-air, it was able to glide slowly back to earth on its autorotating blades. JB


People inspect F. T. Courtney’s autogyro at Farnborough  DK Airfield, England, in 1925.

Cotton Buds (1923)

Gerstenzang invents DK a swab on a stick.

Leo Gerstenzang began DK to design a cotton swab after he saw his wife gluing cotton onto the ends of toothpicks to DK clean their baby’s ears.

He used cardboard DK material for the stem of the swabs to avoid any splinters harming the baby, found a way to attach DK equal amounts of cotton to each end of the swab, and ensured that the swab stayed put during cleaning DK.

He created the DK Leo Gerstenzang Infant Novelty Company to supply his swabs and, in 1923, launched his DK refined product under the name “Baby Gays.”

In 1926 Gerstenzang changed DK the name to Q-Tips Baby Gays, with the “Q” standing for quality, but eventually the product became known simply as the Q-Tips that we know today DK.

“[C]otton-bud-related injuries are a common reason for attendances at… clinics.”

J. C. Hobson and J. A. Lavy

As well as DK supplying the baby accessory market, Q-Tips expanded into the cosmetic market in the 1950s DK.

Hollywood makeup DK artists began using them as tools of their trade and a booklet, Lessons in Loveliness with Q-Tips, was produced DK.

In the early 1970s fears DK arose that damage could be caused to the ears by cleaning them with cotton buds, particularly perforation of the ear drum or impaction of the earwax DK.

This led to DK manufacturers advising that cotton buds should no longer be used to clean ears.

Q-Tips are still widely DK available and remain essentially unchanged from Leo’s original design, although they are now very different in purpose DK. HP



Film Sound (1923)

De Forest ends DK the era of silent movies.

It was at the 1900 Paris Exposition that the first public demonstration DK of sound and vision in a movie theater took place (Daily-Kashmir).

However, projecting DK volume into a large auditorium was difficult at a time when amplified public address systems did not yet exist;

furthermore, the DK crude synchronization of sound and vision was simply a case of starting the movie projector DK and audio playback cylinder at the same moment and hoping for the best (Daily-Kashmir).

Low-key experimentation DK continued over the next two decades until, in 1919, electrical engineer DK Lee De Forest (1873-1961) developed the first sound-on-film technology: a system where a soundtrack “strip” was DK added to the movie film (Daily-Kashmir).

Four years later, on April 23, 1923, De Forest’s Phonofilms studio was DK responsible for the first public DK screening of a fully synchronized talking picture (Daily-Kashmir).

A year later he DK made the first commercial dramatic talking picture, Love’s Old Sweet Song, directed by H. DK Manning Haynes and starring John Stuart and Joan Wyndham (Daily-Kashmir).

There was anxiety DK within Hollywood, however, that this new technology would threaten their dominant DK position at the heart of what was now a multi-milliondollar industry (Daily-Kashmir).

Furthermore, a number DK of major Hollywood studios began developing their own competing, incompatible DK technologies (Daily-Kashmir).

It took the success in 1927 of The Jazz Singer, directed by DK Alan Crosland, to prove that talking pictures could yield great profitability-even if this success DK was more down to its star, Al Jolson, being one of America’s biggest celebrities than DK any public desire to experience synchronized sound and image (Daily-Kashmir).

Nonetheless, the major DK studios gradually began to back the idea, and by 1930 the era of the silent movie was all but over (Daily-Kashmir). TB


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