Three Inventions that Helped Shape Summer

Wiese 9Anyone who has ever read a Tristar Inc. products review, knows just how impactful some inventions can be on our everyday life.

But some inventions were designed for a specific time of year and have helped shape the way we spend our seasons. Here’s a little history on three great summer inventions.

Super Soaker

Ranking among the top 20 best-selling toys since its release in 1990, the Super Soaker is an American summer classic. It was created by American inventor and engineer Lonnie Johnson, who holds more than 80 patents. Johnson invented the water gun on his spare time while working for the U.S. Air Force. It was initially called the “Power Drencher” when it first hit the market but after some remarketing it got its official name.


Hammocks predate many modern-day inventions. Spanish colonists noted the use of hammocks by Native Americans, particularly in the West Indies. The word hammock means “stretch of cloth” and early hammocks were woven from the bark of a hammock tree, which was later replaced by sisal fibers because of their abundance. Hammocks became so popular in Central and South America early because they were able to be suspended from the ground, which helped provide safety from disease transmission, insect stings and animal bites. In 1597 canvas sling hammocks were adopted by the Royal Navy for use by its sailors. These days there are a variety of hammocks available for consumer purchase. Some are self-standing and they can be made out of more durable materials like nylon.


Early civilizations used to use plant products to protect their skin from the sun’s rays. But when it comes to the actual sunscreen we’re used to, there are several inventors that are credited with its invention. One of the first sunscreens was invented by chemist Franz Greiter in 1938 and had an SPF of only 2. Another early sunscreen product was invented in 1944 for the U.S. military by Florida airman and pharmacist Benjamin Green. It was intended mainly to help the extreme sun exposure that soldiers were experiencing in the Pacific tropics during World War II. However, the founder of L’Oreal, chemist Eugene Schueller, invented the first sunscreen in 1936. The first water-resistant sunscreen was invented in 1977 and companies have been focusing on making its effects last longer ever since.

If you think you’ve already come up with the next great summer invention, a quick look at a Tristar Inc. products review can help give you some insight as to how to get your idea off the ground.


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