Strange, radical and just plain ugly gadgets are commonplace today - and the same was the case a century ago. The Daily Mail shares a gallery of oddball devices that, for whatever reason, didn't survive the test of time.
This envelope sealer, for example, perhaps failed to grab the public because it aimed to replace a human organ with complex machinery. Is the tongue really insufficient?
Electric torch glasses! Not a bad idea! Except having two lights shined directly into your eyes and the risk of electrocution during rain.
OK, now this - a moustache-guarding spoon that kept facial hair free from marauding food - isn't such a bad idea (though as a hairy-faced dude, I am a bit biased). But the invention's utility was apparently not enough to keep it from fading into obscurity. Perhaps packing the kit for meals out was too much of a hassle (and a public embarrassment). [Daily Mail]