The originator of the electric scooter: Have you seen the 1959 power scooter?
Electric scooters are so popular in the 21st century that all kinds of cool electric scooters are popular among young people and sports enthusiasts all over the world. However, you may not know that electric scooters are not invented by our generation! Do not believe? If you need evidence, take a look at this documentary from the Chicago Film Archive, which will show you the 1959 "skooter" scooter.
There is no more information about this incredible short film. But we know it was shot at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is part of the Chicago Film Archive's "Frank Koza" news film collection.
This 16mm film movie has no sound, but we suspect that this scooter should be made by the rider himself. This is the typical way of running a short film of that era, and in that year, it was impossible to buy it in any store. But if he is a student or faculty member of the Polytechnic, it is perfectly reasonable for him to make such a thing himself.
This scooter does not have a handlebar, presumably because it was originally designed to be easily folded and can be taken to the office or classroom. As you can see in the movie, our scooter hero took the device out of the suitcase before assembly.
In the film we can also see that the man is screwing a pole that allows the rider to maintain balance, even though the pole is not securely fixed. Now it seems that I always feel that if I suddenly stop in the ride, the rider will be easily pierced by this pole.
Again, it doesn't look like a safe driving device on the street. I mean, if he hits a cobblestone on the road, the guy is likely to become a human skewer.
Nowadays, personalized small car technology has become a trend in the future. But it originated in 1959, and even people imagined such inventions more than 100 years ago.
No matter how you look at today's scooters, they are now spread across city streets around the world. Perhaps, now we seem stupid, crazy and even nonsensical inventions and ideas, will be the compass and enlightenment of future innovation and technology.