Snow globes were accidentally invented by a medical tool repair man. He was trying to make a brighter light bulb for operating rooms, so he tried using a water filled glass with reflective particles to do this. The effect looked like snow to him which is how he got the idea for snow globes.

World Stories | The Austrian Who Invented the Snow Globe

Every family has its share of interesting characters. For the Perzy family in Vienna, Austria, that family member was Erwin Perzy I. In 1900, the innovative Austrian created a whimsical item that would touch the world and kick off a family business that spanned generations.

In 1900, you see, Erwin Perzy I invented the snow globe.

The story of how he accidentally invented this delightful creation is the stuff of family lore. According to Erwin Perzy III, the grandson of Mr. Perzy I, it all came about with a request for better lighting.

The Invention of the Snow Globe in Vienna

In 1900, the first Mr. Perzy, only 24 years old at the time, specialized in designing and repairing medical tools. He liked experimenting and trying ne… Continue Reading (4 minute read)

9 thoughts on “Snow globes were accidentally invented by a medical tool repair man. He was trying to make a brighter light bulb for operating rooms, so he tried using a water filled glass with reflective particles to do this. The effect looked like snow to him which is how he got the idea for snow globes.”

  1. MrSuckyVids

    Good for that guy, because his original concept sounds like a terrible idea. “I want it brighter. What’s bright? I know! Glitter! Just add more glitter… and water.”

  2. Youwillbe_Youwillbe

    How does he explain the **little castle** he added to the **defibrillator prototype** he was working on?

  3. bolanrox

    was the next evolution shopping carts I wonder?

  4. _suspect_zero_

    Quick, get me a bright light!

    Uh, here you go, sir. Try this.

    How nice and festive.

    Oh, no. We lost him.

  5. BMLortz

    If he had just kept going we would of had Lava Lamps 60 years early.

  6. enterthedragynn

    Thats real cute Kevin, but we hired you as an electrician, so….. if you can work on that light bulb we talked about. That would be great

  7. tara8

    As Bob Ross would say, ‘We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.’

  8. angela4design

    And the souvenir trend ended when we couldn’t bring them back home on planes anymore.

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