1939 – Superman Dennis the Robot – Charles Lawson (British)
Charles Lawson with his 2nd robot.
Robot invented by Charles Lawson, a radio engineer of Kettering, England. Little is known of this Robot. Earliest known date of 1939 is from the above Popular Science advert on Webster's Dictionary.
7ft. tall, its claimed that this robot can control traffic, sing, light and smoke a cigarette and sit or stand.
Charles Lawson getting his cigarette lit.
Above 2 photos from grandson Tim Fischer. See flickr here.
There was an earlier verson of this robot that wasn't as refined nor detailed such as the separate articulate fingers. See here.