Everytime we manage a file on our computers by clicking on that filing cabinet icon, we are validating Mr. Seibels ground braking invention that freed record keepers up for greater productivity.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) December 04, 2012
Histowiki.com has teamed up with Clint Evans to curate the history of something homeowners take for granted every day, Cabinets. The history of the cabinet reveals the broad acceptance of this space saver in 1850 in the United Kingdom.
"Technological advances can spoil us, such that we take for granted this tool that helps us manage our space in our homes. It's quite an amazing thing to think that of the simple household items we use the most everyday, they have origins, and stories behind them as well," says curator Clint Evans.
The arts and craft movement, which started in the United Kingdom in the middle of the 19th century, spurred a market for traditional cabinet making. It rapidly spread to the United States and to all the countries in the British Empire, where private property rights lead to the home ownership boom.
The Cabinets Timeline includes such obscure data points as the soundproof testing done by the film industry in 1955, as well as a name for an actual inventor. Yes, there is a name that is central to the ubiquitous vertical filing cabinet. Edwin G. Seibels created the vertical filing cabinet to fill the need of the mounting problem of entire walls storing and filling up with of paper documents rolled into tubes.
"In a way, everytime we manage a file on our computers by clicking on that filing cabinet icon, we are validating Mr. Seibels ground braking invention that freed up record keepers for greater productivity. Today, the digital file cabinet, frees up even more space that was once taken up by paper, microfiche, and cabinets. Technology marches on, but it's so rewarding to keep in mind every important step of the way towards progress and innovation," said Mr. Evans.
HistoWiki.com is a site dedicated to curating ongoing histories in the traditional form of timelines. They are currently in Beta testing, and accepting new enthusiastic curators who have a passion for the historical significance of their favorite topics. Anyone can also add to the curated timelines by simply suggesting new data or sources in the comment section, and anyone doing so gets a contributing citation as a reward. To date there have been timelines on everything from the chronological listing of Joe Biden's Gaffes to a timeline about the Curiosity Mars Project.