Photographs Of The World’s First Things
Claire Miles - June 27, 2022

Changes

By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

The world is constantly evolving, and so many things make life easier today, such as cars, cellphones, and computers. However, have you ever wondered what these things looked like when they first made their debut to the world? Things from the past don’t look quite the same as they do today, and if you want to know what the very first McDonald’s or bikini looked like, keep reading.  Here are some interesting photographs of the world’s very first things.

 

THE FIRST BOTTLE OF COCA-COLA SOLD PUBLICLY, 1894

Coca-Cola was created by a pharmacist from Atlanta in 1886, and the world hasn’t been the same ever since. Today, coke and diet coke are the two most popular sodas sold in the United States. Interestingly, this bottle has written directions on it of how to pour yourself a glass. Today it’s a famous soft drink, but back then, this bottle just contained syrup.

 

 

THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPH OF LIGHTENING, 1886

This picture of lightening was photographed for the first time in 1886. They say that lightening never strikes the same place twice, so luckily for William Jennings, he was able to capture the very first ever lightening strike on camera. This photo was taken in Philadelphia from his rooftop.

 

THE FIRST MCDONALD’S, SAN BERNADINO, 1940

The very first McDonald’s restaurant opened in 1940 in San Bernardino, California by two brothers. Their concept was to produce large quantities of food very quickly for a low price. Today, McDonald’s is one of the largest fast-food companies in America and serves an average of 69 million customers every day.

 

 

THE FIRST SUCCESSFUL VITALLIUM DENTAL SCREW IMPLANT
first successful dental screw implant

implant

The first successful dental implant that was inserted into a human was performed by Dr. Alan Strock in 1937. Back then it was a struggle to create a material that wouldn’t be rejected by the body, so the same material used in hip bone implants was used for tooth implants. Today, titanium is widely used and dental implants are the go-to solution for missing teeth.

 

THE WORLD’S FIRST PHOTOGRAPH EVER TAKEN FROM A CAMERA, 1826

This is an image of the world’s first known photograph ever taken. Even though there isn’t much to see here, it’s still pretty awesome. This photo was taken from an upstairs window by Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1826. There are no duplicates of this photo and it’s now a part of a collection at the University of Texas.

 

 

THE WORLD’S FIRST COMPUTER MOUSE, 1964

Today’s computer mouse looks remarkably different than this wooden and bulky contraption. The world’s first computer mouse was actually called an “x-y position indicator. ” It was made by Douglas Engelbart in 1964, and he spent several years developing this computer mouse before debuting it to the world in 1968.

 

THE FIRST EVER PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE TO BE PUT ON THE INTERNET, 1992

Can you believe that there once was a time where selfies weren’t a thing, Facebook and Instagram didn’t exist, and uploading pictures on the internet just didn’t happen. Well, it was in 1992 when this photograph of four women was uploaded on the internet. It was uploaded by Burners Lee who invented the World Wide Web.

 

 

THE FIRST TIME BARBIE MADE ITS DEBUT IN A TOY STORE, 1959

In 1959, the first ever Barbie doll went on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City. Barbie is an iconic doll recognized all over the world and was the first mass-produced doll in the United States. Ruth Handler is the woman behind Barbie and she named the doll after her daughter, Barbara.

 

THE FIRST BIKINI MODEL, 1946

This is what the first bikini in history looked like. Unveiling the bikini was not an easy task because it was difficult to find a woman to model the revealing bathing suit at the time. However, Micheline Bernardini became the very first bikini model to strut her stuff at a swimming pool in Paris.

 

 

THE FIRST COMMERCIAL CAR PHONE CALL, 1946

The modernization of today’s technology should definitely put this photo into some perspective. In today’s world, we now have cell phones installed on our wrist watches, and have cell service pretty much everywhere. In 1946, the first mobile phone installed in cars weighed 80 pounds and only worked in big cities. The equipment even took up most of the trunk.

 

THE WORLD’S FIRST SKYSCRAPER IN CHICAGO, 1885

The world’s first skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885 and was designed by William Le Baron Jenney. It was Chicago’s Home Insurance Building and was 10 stories high, about 138 feet. The building was so large at the time that city officials halted its construction due to safety concerns. It was demolished in 1931.

 

 

THE FIRST PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN IN THE UNITED STATES

This is a photograph of Dorothy Catherine Draper. Her portrait was taken by her brother in either 1839 or 1840 at photo studio in New York. It is believed to be the first portrait made in America, as well as the earliest surviving photograph of a woman.

 

THE WORLD’S FIRST CROSSWORD PUZZLE, 1913

The first published cross-word puzzle was created by a man named Arthur Wynne. On December 21, 1913 it debuted for the first time in the New York World Sunday newspaper. The current cross-word puzzle looks a bit different today, however, it has become a world craze and a favorite past time of many people. Go ahead and give this one a try!