So this weekend, I saw a local home improvement store's advertisement on TV. I usually don't pay any attention to these things, bur for some reason I noted that Energizer had been manufacturing batteries since 1905 and that got me thinking...
How the heck long have batteries been around?
I did some very cursory research, and discovered that some scientist invented the lead acid battery (popularly used as car batteries today) in 1859. That got me thinking even MORE.
What would batteries have been used for in the late 1800's? Flashlights weren't invented until 1902. The first radio broadcast was 1900 or 1906 (I found conflicting sources). I find it hard to think it was just a scientist dabbling in the lab. Surely there were applications for batteries, but I'm at a loss to think what they would have been.
So, do any of you super-scholarly people have any suggestions?