Everyday Marvels: The 20th Century Inventions We Can't Imagine Life Without

By Sarah Norman | March 30, 2024

The Apple 1 turned nerd tech into geek chic

Today we're surrounded by technology that would have sent our brains buzzing in the middle of the 20th century. Whether you were born in the post-war boom or on the edge of the new millennium everyone has become so used to modern technology that we've lost the wonder that makes it so special.

A lot of the amazing concepts that we're surrounded with today, from smartphones to blockbuster franchises, come from the 1960s and '70s. At the time, each new thing that found its way to consumers felt like a breath of fresh air. It's a shame that they're taken for granted today. Let's look back at some of the most mind-blowing inventions of the groovy era and see how they're still making waves today.

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The Apple 1 maybe be the most important innovation of the 20th century, and possible the early 20th century. Released in 1976, the Apple Computer 1 was a breakthrough in computing technology because it natively supported features like video and keyboard output - something that no other computer did at the time and something we seriously take for granted today.

This early computer was never intended to be sold on the market, only to prove that something affordable could be constructed. But Steve Jobs, the good friend of Steve Wozniak, convinced him to put the computer on the market. Today there are millions of personal computers in homes across the world, something that the Steves could only dream about in the '70s.

Supermodels were one of the greatest inventions of the 1960s

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Today there are models literally everywhere - on magazine covers, on Instagram, and on reality TV. There's such a glut of over-the-top and glammed-out models that they almost blend in with everyone else. That wasn't the case in the '60s and '70s when models like Twiggy and Janice Dickinson hit the scene.

Twiggy and Dickinson were plastered all over magazines and bus stops, but that's as close as the populous at large would ever get to them. These women seemed like they were from another world, not from a suburb of California. These models were absolutely mind-blowing in the 1960s, but today they're just totally normal.