Were These Antique Devices Too Goofy to Catch On?S

Strange, radical, and just plain ugly gadgets are commonplace today—and the same was the case a century ago. The Daily Mail shares a gallery of oddball devices that, for whatever reason, didn't survive the test of time.

Were These Antique Devices Too Goofy to Catch On?S

This envelope sealer, for example, perhaps failed to grab the public because it aimed to replace a human organ with complex machinery. Is the tongue really insufficient?

Were These Antique Devices Too Goofy to Catch On?S

Electric flashlight glasses! Not a bad idea! Except having two lights shined directly into your eyes, and the risk of electrocution during rain.

Were These Antique Devices Too Goofy to Catch On?S

Okay, now this—a mustache-guarding spoon that kept facial hair free from marauding food—isn't such a bad idea (Though as a hairy-faced dude, I am a bit biased). But the invention's utility was apparently not enough to keep it from fading into obscurity. Perhaps packing the kit for meals out was too much of a hassle (and a public embarrassment). [The Daily Mail]