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Today’s Birthday: DAME MARY GILMORE (1865)


Dame Mary Gilmore (1865)

Gilmore was a prominent Australian socialist poet and journalist who gained a reputation as a champion of the working class and the oppressed. In the late 1890s, she moved to the New Australia utopian socialist settlement in Paraguay, but she returned to Australia following its failure. In 1908, she became an editor of the Australian Workers’ Union newspaper, and she published her first volume of poems two years later. On what denomination of Australian currency does her image and poetry appear? More… Discuss

 

This Day in History: NATHAN AMES PATENTS HIS “REVOLVING STAIRS,” NOW KNOWN AS THE ESCALATOR (1859)


Nathan Ames Patents His “Revolving Stairs,” Now Known as the Escalator (1859)

Although no working model of his design was ever built, Ames is credited with patenting the first escalator. His idea for the “revolving stairs” was largely speculative. It was not until the 1890s that the first working escalator—called the “inclined elevator”—was produced, based on another’s designs. It was installed among the amusements at New York’s Coney Island but did not remain a novelty for long. How did shoppers react when Harrods in London debuted its first escalator in 1898? More…Discuss