Making the Modern World


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    Short SC 1 VTOL aircraft XG900, 1957.

    Short S.C.1 VTOL Aircraft XG900. The Short SC 1 was the first British fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. It was designed as a test aircraft for the Rolls-Royce RB 108 vertical lift turbojet. The SC 1 did achieve vertical take-o

    Motorola MicroTAC cellular telephone, 1993.

    MICROTAC Cellular Telephone Model No F09UTD8924AA, Serial No 745DPU0206. by Motorola Inc. USA, 1993, complete with nickel cadmium battery

    A scientific lecture, 1802.

    Coloured etching, `Scientific Researches! - New Discoveries in Pneumaticks! - or, an Experimental Lecture on the Powers of Air' a print by James Gillray (1757-1815). A demonstration involving the breaking of wind! Scene shows a discourse at the R

    'The Thames Tunnel' peepshow, c 1851.

    A peepshow, entitled, "The Thames Tunnel", in 5 lithographed sections and front, hand coloured, with 2 peepholes in cover, the cover scene of Tunnel staircase with vignettes including Crystal Palace and Parliament buildings; in original box. Publishe

    Parsons' steam turbine-generator, 1884.

    Parsons' original Steam Turbine generator with spare guide ring and fan 1884. Made by Clarke, Chapman, Parsons & Co. This machine is the forerunner of the turbo-generators that today provide most of the world's electricity. It is the first experiment

    Crookes radiometer, 1877.

    Radiometer on stand; etched on glass "No 1327 Dec. 1877 Ag. Vanes"

    Crookes radiometer, 1877.

    One of William Crooke's original radiometers.

    Raleigh Chopper bicycle MK 2, 1978

    The 'Chopper' children's bicycle.

    'Electric Build-it Set', c 1956-1960.

    Model E-1 'Electric Build-it Set' by Electric Games Co., Inc Holyoak, MA, USA

    Mechanical cash register, c 1910.

    Cash register, National model 422X, mechanical with paper receipt printer, serial no. 1520476. by the National Cash Register Company, c.1910. The National Cash Register Company, so named after it was sold by the inventor in 1884, dominated the saleso