Making the Modern World

     

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    '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

     
    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

     
    Mullard circuit blocks, 1965.

    Mullard 100 kcs circuit block, FF1 B8 920 00 (red) x 4 on printed circuit board, 1965. Made by the British company Mullard Ltd., these devices are complete electronic circuits, consisting of components sealed into boxes, which carry out specific logi

     
    Mullard circuit blocks, 1965.

    Mullard 10 pin 100 kcs circuit block OS1 B8 950 01 (green), 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 l

     
    Henry Maudslay's original screw-cutting lathe, c 1800.

    Henry Maudslay's original screw-cutting lathe, c.1800. This is the machine that Maudslay used to pioneer the manufacture of highly accurate screw threads. Before Maudslay's invention, screw threads were crudely manufactured by hand. The lathe is buil

     
    Early submarine cables and grapnel, 1858-1866.

    Glazed case containing specimens of submarine cables etc:- viz: (a) two specimens of shore end and two specimens of main cable of each of Atlantic cables, 1858, 1865 and 1866; (b) two specimens of grapnel rope used in recovery of 1865 cable; (c) two