Making the Modern World

     

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    Picador Roto-saw electric drill attachment, 1956-1966.

    4" Picador Roto-saw attachment for Cub and Cubmaster electric drills. 1956 - 1966.

     
    Master football game, 1945-1960.

    Table-top coin-operated football goal-scoring machine, with approximately 50 old pennies in a canvas bag, entitled 'Master Football Game', 1930-69.

     
    Babbage's Difference Engine No. 1 (Trial Portion), 1832

    Trial portion of the Difference Engine, the first known automatic calculator.

     
    'The Activity' paint roller in metal paint tray, 1954-1964.

    `The Activity' paint roller with metal paint tray and card storage box. A Wallpaper Stores Product. 1954-1964.

     
    Candle making machine, English, c 1888.

    Working model, scale 1:2, of a candle making machine. Made by Price's Patent Candle Company Ltd., Battersea, London.

     
    Arkwright's water frame, c 1775.

    Improved spinning machine (water frame), Richard Arkwright, 1775. These spinning machines were driven by water power at Arkwright's Cromford mill, hence the name of Water Frame. This is an improvement on 1860-4, having an arrangement for guiding the

     
    'Smoothwell' electric iron, 1935.

    "Smoothwell" electric iron by Premier Electric Co. of Birmingham, c.1935

     
    Ballooning scenes on a fan, late 18th century.

    One fan, 10' x 19', light tortoiseshell covered sticks incorporating balloon. 3 painted panels. Ascension de Blanchard a Paris 1784. Experience de mm. Charles et Robert, 1783. Ascension des Freres Robert, 27 Aout 1783.

     
    Ballooning scenes on china, late 18th century.

    One shallow bowl in Bristol Delft china, blue and white, 9', showing aeronaut with flags.The scene on the plate in French blue and white faience shows a hydrogen balloon over a village. The bowl in blue and white Bristol Delft china shows a balloon w

     
    Mullard circuit blocks, 1965.

    Mullard 10 pin 100 kcs circuit block 2.2N1 B8 930 01 (orange), with plastic pin cover, 1965. Made by the British company Mullard Ltd., these devices are complete electronic circuits, consisting of components sealed into boxes, which carry out specifi