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Bring the Batman (patented by Germany), Heath Robinson

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Bring the Batman (patented by Germany), Heath Robinson

Bring-The-Batman (Patented in Germany) by William Heath Robinson. Simplicity itself: A device adopted by hun officers for awakening their servants. Date: 1917

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Alarm Amusing Anti Clock Contraption Contraptions Convoluted Germans Invention Inventions Tent Tents Waking


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This intriguing image showcases the Bring the Batman, a patented invention by the renowned British illustrator William Heath Robinson, which was first registered in Germany during the year 1917. The Bring the Batman was not a commercial product, but rather a simple yet convoluted contraption designed for use by military officers to awaken their servants during the chaos and uncertainty of the First World War. The scene depicts a camp setting, with several tents and soldiers in the background, while the focus is on the Bring the Batman itself. The device consists of a long wooden pole with a bat-shaped figurehead at the top, attached to a series of pulleys, ropes, and counterweights. The bat-shaped figurehead is designed to swing down from the pole, releasing a loud clapper that strikes a gong or bell, thus serving as an alarm clock for the servants. Heath Robinson's Bring the Batman is a testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the human spirit during times of adversity. The convoluted design, with its intricate pulley system and swinging bat, adds a touch of humor and amusement to an otherwise mundane task. This historical image offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, providing a window into the daily life of soldiers during the First World War and the inventive solutions they devised to cope with the challenges of camp life. The Bring the Batman is a reminder of the rich history of inventions and contraptions that have shaped our world, and the simple pleasures that can be found even in the most unexpected places. This image is a must-have for history buffs, military enthusiasts, and anyone with an appreciation for the quirks and quirks of the past.

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