Water Treatment Technology Through History

Water Treatment Technology Through History   Civilization has changed in uncountable ways over the course of human history, but one factor remains the same: the need for clean drinking water. Every significant ancient civilization was established near a water source, but the quality of the water from these sources was often suspect. Evidence shows that Read More…

Louis Le Prince: Forgotten Father of the Motion Picture

Origins of Le Prince Born 28 August 1841 in Metz, France, Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince is the long-forgotten father of the motion picture. With single-lens cameras of his own invention, Le Prince was the first person to shoot moving pictures on paper film. His first two moving picture sequences, Roundhay Garden Scene and Leeds Read More…

Paper Making Machines: A Brief History & How They Work

The first machine for making continuous sheets of paper was invented by Louis-Nicholas Robert in France in 1798. Robert’s machine became known as the Fourdrinier Machine, named after the Fourdrinier Brothers who financed its invention. Most modern paper making machines are derived from the original Fourdrinier model. Prior to the invention of paper machines, individual Read More…

Luddites: The Yin to SMHTS’s Yang

Whereas the Sandy Mountain Historical & Technological Society (SMHTS) seeks to keep the history of America’s, and the world’s, industrial manufacturing technology alive, the Luddites sought the polar opposite. A group of early 19th century protesters made up of textile artisans and other displaced laborers, the Luddites damaged and destroyed countless newly-created labor saving machines Read More…