Many people are intrigued by inventors and inventions, especially the ones that make day-to-day life easier, more comfortable, or solve a pressing issue. The first air conditioner, for example, was invented by an individual that worked in the publishing business.
In 1902, Willis Carrier needed to solve two problems:
- Keep ink from running down the page.
- Prevent paper from expanding.
As a result, he invented the air conditioner to solve both of these problems.
Fast forward to 1929 and the White House Oval Office, where Herbert Hoover was the first president to have air conditioning. Even though it was only a few months after the stock market crash, the 31st president of the United States spent $30,000 on an air-conditioning system.
In the 1940s, a window-style ai