Wednesday, 8 April 2015
Georgina Gramophone Goshwell . . . .
Georgina Gramophone Goshwell is the first woman to be included on the list of The A to Z of Completely Unknown Victorian Inventors and Explorers. Mainly because for many years there was great uncertainty about which sex she was, a result of her large false handle bar moustache and tall stovepipe hat.
And all would have been well had
Georgina (George) not agreed to do
the Victorian Gentleman Inventors naked Charity Calendar. Strangely most of the Victorian gentleman
inventors themselves were not worldly wise and did not notice that George ( Georgina) was a woman with a large false handlebar
moustache. But once they were informed they discredited her work and she was
told that women can’t be inventors so that the royalties for her invention must
be handed to a good cause. All the money was given to the Green Acres
Retirement Home for Naval Officers and Georgina
became a dancer at the Folie Bergere where she met Benjamin Braithwaite
Browning helping him to refine the Barometric Bellows.
In later life she was said to have moved to
Hong Kong where she worked on
tap dancing novelty clockwork toys that were able to escape from a locked toy
box tied into a sack and sealed in a tank full of water with an unnamed
associate of suspicious character.