Making the Modern World

     

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    Enema syringes, 18th-19th century.

    Large ivory enema syringe, piston action, French, 18th century. Illustrated in the middle of the image with A606171 (19th century plastic enema syringe) on the right and A626202 (19th century brass enema syringe) on the left.

     

    2 metal containers, each containing 12x100mg of Distaval Forte tablets (thalidomide), by The Distillers Co. Ltd., 1958-1962

     

    3 metal containers, each containing 25 tablets of Tensival (contains thalidomide), by The Distillers Company Ltd., 1958-1962

     
    Analogue music synthesizer, 1970.

    V.C.S. 3 music synthesizer made by Electronic Music Studios, London Ltd.

     
    Stylophone, electronic mini organ, c 1968.

    Stylophone; a 6 1/2" x 3 3/4" electronic "mini organ".

     
    DNA synthesiser, c 1980.

    DNA synthesiser designed and built by Celltech, First generation c. 1980

     
    Holmes arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse, c 1860-1880.

    Holmes' arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse

     
    Early sewing machine by Elias Howe, c 1846.

    Elias Howe's lockstitch sewing machine, c. 1846. This was the first practical sewing machine to be brought to England from America by Amasa Howe, who sold it to William Thomas. Thomas took out a British patent for the design and founded the Thomas Co

     
    Mobile X-ray van, English, c 1955.

    Model of a mobile mass miniature x-ray unit, cutaway to reveal equipment, operators and patients, English. 1010 mm long.

     
    Sinclair Cambridge Memory electronic calculator, 1974.

    Sinclair Cambridge Memory Electronic Calculator, 1974. This was one of a series of pocket calculators introduced by Clive Sinclair in the early 1970s, beginning with the 'Executive' in 1972. Sinclair was able to make a calculator small and light enou