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Peter Cooper, 187-?. Brown Brothers, photographer. From the Miscellaneous photograph collection. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Peter Cooper was the inventor of the first steam locomotive, the Tom Thumb. The National Museum of American History has a model of the Tom Thumb in their transportation collection.
Interestingly, Cooper is also credited with inventing the first gelatin dessert—something we now call JELL-O.
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Jennifer Snyder works with oral history interviews at the Archives American Art. When not sending interviews out for digitization, she is writing about extraordinary examples of facial hair for this blog.
Posted by Jennifer Snyder on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 08:02 PM in Facial hair, Fashion, Featured Document, Photographs | Permalink
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The part i really appreciate of the Peter cooper's life is his efforts in anti-slavery movements, and in favor of the native americans. Besides he was critic of the gold standard and the debt-based monetary system of bank currency...
He was more then inventor.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 03:54 PM
I love my husbands beard. He keeps up on it well and it makes him look very distinguished.
And I just love jell-o.
Jessica Clifford |
Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 12:03 AM
I just found your blog while searching for articles about steam locomotives. Excellent post and helpful references. Thank you for sharing this with us. Keep up the good work.
Friday, March 18, 2011 at 05:01 PM
From the first steam-powered plant by Thomas Savery, the steam engine by Thomas Newcomen and James Watt and the improvements of Oliver Evans had matured over the years, the steam engine into a powerful engine. It was only a matter of time, steam engines to use as a drive for rail vehicles was common until then replace the horse-drawn trams. One of the first inventor, who dared to approach this project was the British inventor Richard Trevithick. Even if its steam locomotives still the big breakthrough was denied, but he deserves the honor of being one of the inventors of the steam locomotive...
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Very nice Site here.
Monday, March 28, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Who could imagine the Jell-o and the steam locomotives are so related? Thank you for sharing this piece of history.
Friday, April 08, 2011 at 03:07 AM
Wonderful post... Very informative. Thanks for sharing this.
Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 01:51 PM
I think he was trying for the full-on Captain Caveman beard!
Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 09:33 AM
man are they days of shaving in a salon gone? i know that's dangerous at the least, but i'm sure it feels professional and it's a good memory
Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM
I so do not like facial hair!!!! Give me a smoothie anytime!
Carole Book |
Friday, May 06, 2011 at 04:12 AM
If I grew such a beard, I am sure I would awake one morning to find my wife had trimmed it for me in the night. There is no was I could pull off that look with her approval.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 10:55 AM
is it a personal or more regional style?
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Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 12:43 PM
That's one of the best beards which I have seen. Sure he inspired a generation.
Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 10:46 AM
Love the "Beards of Note" topic. Reminds me of great mullets I've seen out there. Seriously, tho, you'd have to respect a fellow with a beard like that.
Ella Lu |
Monday, May 30, 2011 at 03:19 PM
I lived in Washington DC and have seen this model. Amazing how such a simple invention could bring about so much change. I did not know about "Jello". Even at 67 you learn something new every day
Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Wish I could grow a beard like that.
Monday, June 20, 2011 at 05:09 PM
I am always curious to see these old pictures. As a photographer I now tell my clients to be more candid and less borrowing. For a inventor that made our fist state to state mass travel transit possible, he sure could afford a nice bear trimmed up.
Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 04:32 AM
Its not a good idea not to bear some times is look cheap:-)
Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 01:07 AM
its really nice & amazing !!
Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 02:08 AM
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