Technology in 1930s experienced many breakthroughs, where the world saw technology we never could have imagined. The biggest events that made an impact on technology in the 1930s were the invention of television and penicillin.
In the 1930s, technologies raced forward at a frenetic pace. This decade, which spanned from 1929 to 1939, brought about many of the technological changes that we still use today. Things like radio and radar were developed in the 1930s. And yet World War II began in 1939 with a bombing attack that targeted civilians — another tool that, to this day, is used in wartime.
Televisions were invented
Gone are the days of telegrams and airplanes, the world has advanced much since then. Today we have cars, TVs, and cell phones, but none of these seemed possible in the 1930s. Just imagine growing up in the 1930s as a young boy or girl seeing for the first time a TV that could show moving pictures or an airplane flying overhead. These were things from science fiction made real.
Penicillin was invented
The discovery of penicillin in 1928 is considered by many to be the single most important event in medicine. Penicillin, discovered by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming, heralded a new era in fighting bacterial infections, which had been a leading cause of death for centuries. The development of antibiotics enabled cures for diseases that had once been dreaded killers. The development of antibiotics also led to new drugs that fight infections caused by viruses.
Synthetic rubber was invented
Synthetic rubber was invented in the 19th century, but it didn’t really become commercially viable until the mid-1930s. The baby boomer generation only knows synthetic rubber as a ubiquitous material for clothing, construction, and other items. One of the biggest benefits of synthetic rubber is its strength and flexibility. So, when World War II began in 1939 with attacks on civilians in London and elsewhere in Europe, tires were one of the things that needed to be made cheaply, yet resiliently enough to support military vehicles.
McDonald’s was invented
McDonald’s is an international quick-service restaurant chain. It was founded on March 15, 1940, as a barbecue restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, United States. Their introduction of the “Speedee Service System” in 1948 furthered the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant that the White Castle hamburger chain had already put into practice more than two decades earlier.
Although the events in this decade were tumultuous and numerous, technology moved forward. It was a productive decade for invention and development, in spite of the ongoing war. Many of the technologies we use today came out of the 1930s, and it is likely that they will still be with us years from now as well.