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World War I Inventions

Eisenhower's jacket at the Kansas Museum of History

This photo exhibit features several things developed during World War I that are now used every day by millions of people.

During World War I the wristwatch became popular with soldiers as it allowed them to easily check the time without removing their hands from their weapons. The metal guard was added to help prevent against damage.

This wristwatch was owned by Kansan Lewis W. Arnold.

  • Pocket watches had been used for centuries but were not practical in war time; the wrist watch was invented to soldiers could check the time while keeping both hands free to hold a weapon or fly a plane.
  • The zipper was invented.
  • The Kimberly-Clark Company inadvertently created a revolutionary new personal care product--Kleenex.

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