Making the Modern World

     

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    Nier Feuerhand paraffin lantern, Germany, 1960s.

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

     
    Tracy, a transgenic sheep, 1999.

    Tracy, a transgenic ewe. Genetically modified to produce a human protein (alpha antitrypsin) in her milk, 1990-97.

     
    Clocking-in machine, 1930.

    This time recorder, made by the National Time Recording Co. Ltd., of London, was used at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Hampshire up to 1976 to record the times of arrival and departure of workmen so that their wages could be calculat

     
    Wind tunnel models of Concorde, 1955-1965.

    Wind tunnel Models of Delta shaped Merged fuselage , elongated Narrow Delta , and hollowed out undersurface models in Concorde wing shape developement. In 1959 the Supersonic Transport Aircraft Committee recommended the construction of a fleet of lon

     
    Watt's separate condenser, second model, 1765.

    Second model separate condenser, formerly described as the "original" model. Made by James Watt (1736-1819), 1765. Early Newcomen engines were inefficient as their working cycle entailed continual heating and cooling of the cylinder, which wasted fue

     
    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.

     
    Red Cross fund-raising brooch made from Zeppelin wire, 1917.

    Brooch made of wire from the first Zeppelin brought-down in England, mounted on card by the British Red Cross, presumably for fund-rising purposes, c.1917

     
    Cooke and Wheatstone five-needle telegraph, 1837.

    Cooke and Wheatstone's earliest (five-needle) telegraph, 1837

     
    Arkwright's carding machine, 1775.

    Carding machine by Arkwright, 1775, believed to be from Cromford Mill. This machine is similar to the cylindrical carding machine patented by Daniel Bourne in 1748. The cotton was first ginned and beaten, then fed on to the feed roller, called a "li