Making the Modern World

     

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    Sinclair ZX80 microcomputer, 1980.

    The Sinclair ZX80 was the first computer made to appeal to the mass market. Sinclair Research Ltd of Cambridge developed it as a build-it-yourself programmable computer that was designed to connect to a television set or cassette recorder. It was sma

     
    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

     
    Mullard circuit blocks, 1965.

    Mullard 10 pin 100 kcs circuit block 2.1A B8 940 02 (yellow), 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 specific

     
    Apple I computer, 1976.

    Personal computer by Apple Computers, model Apple I, 1976-79. This was the first computer made by Apple Computers Inc, which became one of the fastest growing companies in history, launching a number of innovative and influential computer hardware an

     
    Avro Vulcan, experimental model, c 1950s.

    Silvered radar echo measurement model of the Vulcan aircraft built and used at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, UK. The model is chrome painted with a black stripe on the nose section. Built by A V Roe of Manchester between 1955 and 196

     
    Wind tunnel model of the Avro 730 supersonic bomber, c 1955.

    2 off wind tunnel models of the Avro 730 supersonic bomber, on plinth. The Avro 730 was designed to be a high-altitude supersonic (Mach 2) nuclear bomber and strategic reconnaissance aircraft. The project was cancelled as a result of the 1957 Defence

     
    Pewter sauce boat with unknown touchmark, English, 18th century.

    Pewter sauce boat, unknown touchmark, English, 18th century. Pewter is an alloy of tin which can contain small amounts of lead, copper, antimony and bismuth. Athough known to the Egyptians, pewter was not widely used until Roman times, when it was us

     
    Nier Feuerhand paraffin lantern, Germany, 1960s.

    Nier Fuerhand paraffin lantern (hurricane lamp) model Baby 275. Unused. Made in Germany. 1960s.