Making the Modern World


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    Folding joiner's workbench, c 1969.

    Folding joiner's bench, the fore runner of the 'workmate' bench.

    Remington Arms lock-stitch sewing machine, 'Empire' model, 1870.

    Original Remington Arms lock-stitch sewing machine head: the 'Empire' model of 1870. The Empire Sewing Machine Company made this model from about 1860. In 1870, the United States Remington Small Arms Company took over the company but continued to ma

    Motorola StarTAC mobile phone, 1997.

    STAR TAC mobile telephone by Motorola, Alencon Link, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 1997.

    Excell M2 Pocketphone, 1987.

    Excell M2 Pocketphone, cellular mobile phone made by Excell Communications, 1987

    Kundo 'Space Timer' radio-controlled desk clock, 1988.

    The Space Timer was one of the first mass-produced radio-controlled clocks. It is synchronised by time signals transmitted from Frankfurt in Germany and indicates Mid-Euopean time, which is one hour fast of Greenwich. It automaticlly resets itself fo

    Toothbrushes with ivoride handles, c 1870-1920.

    Two horsehair toothbrushes with ivoride handles produced by Savory and Moore in London. The Chinese are credited with inventing the use of toothbrushes and toothpastes, although the ancient Egyptians used branches with frayed ends to clean their teet

    Con Edison's 'Plan Your Kitchen Kit', c 1958.

    Con Edison's Plan Your Kitchen Kit, a kitchen planning aid supplied free to customers by the Consolidated Edison Company, New York, ca. 1958.

    Whitworth's self-acting screw feed reversing tool box planing machine, 1842.

    Whitworth's self-acting screw feed reversing tool box planing machine, 1842. The planing machine cuts flat surfaces in metal components. This power-driven planing machine drives a cutting tool over the workpiece, removing a small amount of metal in a

    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