Blandin Phonograph - for Gadgets and Geeks 6-2019
Gadgets & Geeks

Frederick Blandin and the phonograph

A Racine letter carrier’s interest in woodworking became a lifelong career that played a role in the early days of the auto industry and what is now home entertainment. Frederick Blandin (1862-1927) started a part-time Read More

von Schrader exterior 2019
Gadgets & Geeks

Rench, von Schrader and clean carpets

A pair of Racine entrepreneurs turned an unwanted business into a global success that lives on today. Back in 1935, Francis von Schrader (1904-1992) and Harry D. (H.D.) Rench (1901-1980) worked at electric appliance maker Read More

LCVP - landing craft photo
Gadgets & Geeks

Twin Disc and its role in D-Day

June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day – a key event in World War II. Starting that day, wave after wave of Allied troops (approximately 156,000) invaded the Axis-held beaches of Normandy, France. A Read More

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Gadgets & Geeks

Arthur B. Modine and heat transfer

If you’ve ever ridden in an air-conditioned car, thank Arthur B. Modine – one of Racine’s most prolific inventors, who was awarded 122 U.S. patents during his lifetime and built an international manufacturing business. Modine Read More

Gadgets and Geeks series Albert Dremel
Gadgets & Geeks

Albert Dremel and the rotary tool

Few inventors are fortunate enough to have their invention become known by their name. Racine’s Albert J. Dremel is one of those inventors. Dremel (1887-1968) emigrated to the U.S. from Austria in the early 1900s Read More