And now, the answers to Part III of the Guessing Quiz on the Inventions and Inventors from Saxony. Are you ready to find out? 🙂
Part 1: Which of the items in the group were invented from Saxony. Choose the ones you think were invented in Saxony and explain your reasons why.
gas lantern tissue paper wrist watch band light bulb
mile marker tea bag sugar cookies steam locomotive
street food coffee filter personal computer daily newspaper
bicycle laundry detergent mouthwash telephone
brandy beer cap encyclopedia Bible
Gas Lantern- The first gas lantern for streets was erected in 1811 in the Fischergasse in Freiberg. The inventor: Wilhelm August Lampadius, who was a teacher at the Bergakademie (Now TU-Freiberg)
Wrist Watch Band- The watchband was invented for men in 1959 in Glasshütte.
Mile Marker- Adam Friedrich Zürner introduced the mile marker (in historic terms, mile posts) in 1713 to measure the distance between towns in Saxony. According to his geographical surveys he created, two post miles equalled 9.062 kilometers, an equivalent to two-hours walk. Today one can find 200 of these ancient posts, plus 60 distance posts throughout Saxony, including Leipzig, Geithain, Dresden, Großenhain and in the Lausitz region, just to name a few.
Tea Bag- R. Seelig and Hille Tea company in Dresden developed the first tea bag in 1929, which one will see in the boxes of tea in today’s grocery stores and supermarkets. The inventor was Adolf Rambold.
Personal Computer- Konrad Zuse invented the first personal computer, the Z3 in Berlin, in 1943. This was 14 years after he obtained his high school degree in Hoyerswerda, in northeastern Saxony.
Coffee Filter- Melitta Bentz from Dresden, developed the first coffee filter in 1908 with the goal of ensuring the last drop didn’t consist of coffee ground. The filter led to her creating the Melitta Coffee Company, which later moved to Munich. Melitta machte Kaffee wirklich zum Genuss. 🙂
Steam Locomotive- While Great Britain was the birthplace of the steam locomotive thanks to the inventions patented by William Murdoch (1784) and William Reynolds (1787), the first steam locomotive in Germany was the Saxonia, invented by Johann Andreas Schubert in 1838 and used for the country’s first rail line between Leipzig and Dresden.
Daily Newspaper- Two years after the end of the 30-Years War, the first daily newspaper was open to business in Leipzig, in 1850. Tim Ritzsch’s concept at that time was to inform the public of events in the city, six days a week. All done using the Guttenberg press. You can imagine how many people were hired to do the lettering and pressing at that time. 😉
Laundry Detergent- While in Saxony, one will be familiar with FEWA. It was not only an East German product, it was the first laundry detergent used for washing machines. The Chemnitz-based firm patented the first detergent in 1932; the inventor was Heinrich Gottlob Bertsch. It was perfect timing as laundry soap was not doing the (modern-day) washing machine, also invented in Saxony (in Schwarzenberg) 30 years earlier, any favors.
Mouthwash- When a person had bad-breath during the 1700s, the only solutiion was to wash the mouth out with soap. In 1892, Karl August Lingner solved that problem and invented the Odol Mouthwash. Today one will associate Odol with this unique invention which can be mixed with water and used for rinsing out the mouth, cleansing it of bad breath. So much for the soap and water unless your child swears a lot. 😉
Brandy- Christian Traugott Hünlich from Wilthen put Germany on the map with his creation of Brandy in 1842. It became so successful that it won a gold medal at the World Expo in Paris, 58 years later.
Beer Cap- Robert Sputh invented the modern-day beer cap in 1892. Yet unlike the screw cap that had been introduced by Pittsburghese Hymann Frank 20 years earlier, Sputh’s invention was tighter and required opening only with the bottle opener; not by twisting. 😉
Part 2: Find out whether the following items originated from Saxony or not. Mark each one with a Y (yes) and N (no). For each one from Saxony, guess at when it was introduced.
- Thermos-flask (Thermoskanne)- YES; in 1881 by Adolf Ferdinand Weinhold of Chemnitz
- Coffee cup (Kaffeetasse) NO
- Pottery _NO-The art of making things of clay dates back to the stone age
- University of Technology YES- The Technical University in Freiberg was founded in 1765 under the name Bergakademie (Academy for Miners). The TUF still exists today.
- Cassette tape (Tonband) YES- Fritz Pfleumer, an engineer from Dresden, developed and patented this in 1928
- Wine glass NO
- Diesel engine NO
- Toothpaste YES- Ottomar Heinsius von Mayenburg, a chemist in Dresden invented this product in 1907, under the name Chlorodont. It was the forerunner to present-day toothpaste. Ironically, it was the sucessor to another invention from Saxony, toothsoap, which had been created in 1852 by Adolf Heinrich August Bergmann, another pharmacist from Waldheim.
- Cantilever truss bridge NO
- 35 mm Camera YES- The Contax was introduced by the Carl-Zeiss Company in Dresden in 1932 and innovated again in 1949. It was the forerunner to the present-day 35mm camera but with mirror reflex anf now with SD-card.
Part 3. Choose the best answer for the following questions below.
- Homoeopathy, invented by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, focuses on the following two aspects:
a. Mentality and physical illness b. Pills and viruses
c. Ecstasy and psychology d. the brain and the body
2. Aktendulli, known as file fasteners in English, is used to…..
a. Fasten files in binders b. Build log cabins with dowels
c. Sharpen pencils d. Jack up the car in the event of a flat tire.
3. In what year was the freon (FCKW)-free refridgerator invented and where?
Part a. 1895 1935 1993 2003 2018
Part b. Schwarzenberg Scharfenstein Schlettau Aue Zwickau
4. The “Plauener Spitze” is in reference to this type of manufacturing of fabric?
a. Jeans b. Embroidery c. Baseball Caps d. Dress shirts
5. Which city in Saxony was the birth place of the ceramic-ware we still see at the pottery market?
a. Radebeul b. Dresden c. Meissen d. Riesa e.Leipzig
Bonus Question: The Göltzschtal Viaduct, as seen in the picture above, is the first brick stone railroad viaduct in the world. True or false?
False. It holds the title as the longest of its kind, and at one time, it was the tallest. Yet evidence points to another brick stone railroad bridge at Wurzen (east of Leipzig). Built in 1836, it is the oldest operating railroad bridge in Germany and still serves rail traffic today.
There are plenty of sources that focus on the inventions from Saxony. Apart from this book above, you can also click on the links below, where you can read up on the facts. All the quiz questions come from the two links.