Making the Modern World

     

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    A scientific lecture, 1802.

    Coloured etching, `Scientific Researches! - New Discoveries in Pneumaticks! - or, an Experimental Lecture on the Powers of Air' a print by James Gillray (1757-1815). A demonstration involving the breaking of wind! Scene shows a discourse at the R

     
    'The Thames Tunnel' peepshow, c 1851.

    A peepshow, entitled, "The Thames Tunnel", in 5 lithographed sections and front, hand coloured, with 2 peepholes in cover, the cover scene of Tunnel staircase with vignettes including Crystal Palace and Parliament buildings; in original box. Publishe

     
    Parsons' steam turbine-generator, 1884.

    Parsons' original Steam Turbine generator with spare guide ring and fan 1884. Made by Clarke, Chapman, Parsons & Co. This machine is the forerunner of the turbo-generators that today provide most of the world's electricity. It is the first experiment

     
    Raingo orrery clock, French, 1830-1832.

    Dated 1830--2, this ornate planetary model was made by the Parisian clock makers, Raingo Frères. Called an orrery or more correctly a tellurium, it is a demonstration device to show the motions of the Earth and Moon around the Sun. It consists of a

     
    Sample of Bessemer steel, 1860.

    Sample of Bessemer steel, one slice cut from the muzzle of a gun section, bent cold under the steam hammer. Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898) was an English inventor and engineer who invented a cheap process for manufacturing steel. He patented a proces

     
    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.

     
    'Royal' all transistor tape recorder, c 1958-1965.

    `Royal' all transistor tape recorder Model IM-501, with microphone and earphone, and original packaging. Serial No. 04114. Made in Japan c1958-1965.

     
    Sunbeam Ironmaster iron, c 1955.

    Sunbeam Ironmaster Model X21 electric dry iron, 225-250V, 780-970W, AC only, with maroon plastic body, chromed soleplate. Made by Sunbeam Electric Limited, East Kilbride, Glasgow c1955

     
    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

     
    Crookes radiometer, 1877.

    Radiometer on stand; etched on glass "No 1327 Dec. 1877 Ag. Vanes"