Mind-Blowing Inventions From The 20th Century That Are Taken For Granted Today

By Sarah Norman | February 22, 2024

Color TV allowed viewers to see life in all its glory

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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Color TV is so ubiquitous today that it's hard to imagine a time when everything was broadcast in black and white, but up until 1979, there were still a few stations broadcasting super gray versions of everyone's favorite television shows. That just wouldn't fly today.

RCA and CBS were both working towards color tv in the late '40s, with CBS boasting color programming by 1951, but color television sets were rare for the first few years of this technology that we take for granted today. In 1961, the premiere of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color finally convinced consumers to go out and pick up brand new televisions.

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.