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

     
    Power loom, 1851.

    Power loom manufactured by J. Harrison and Son and fitted with the loose reed emergency stop mechanism of 1842. Exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 ina part of the displays entitled 'Machinery in Motion', and subsequently modified by the maker

     
    Thalomid (thalidomide) capsules, 1999.

    THALOMID (thalidomide) in blister pack marketed for use in treating leprosy, HIV infection and some cancers under strictly controlled conditions