The Secret Life of the Home


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    Sunbeam 'Mixmaster' food mixer, c 1953.

    Sunbeam 'Mixmaster' food mixer, by Sunbeam Corporation, Chicago, c.1953.

    'Atomic' espresso coffee maker, c 1950.

    Atomic' espresso coffee maker, by A. & M.G. Sassoon, London, England. Brit. Pat. 633988/47, c. 1950.

    Sharp music centre, c 1980.

    Vertical-Disc and Audio Cassette Stereo Music Centre Model VZ-3500, Serial No. 20912552, by Sharp Corporation, Japan, c. 1980, with twin 4 Ohm speakers Model CP-350HP

    'Clem' universal travelling iron, c 1954.

    Clem' universal travelling iron, electric, patent no. 604081, variable voltage, with flex and light socket adaptor, and iron stand, in original box (with instructions), 1948-1960

    Child's china teaplate, c 1922.

    Child's china teaplate, with cartoon bearing the legend "2ZY Manchester calling"; 1922-1923

    Bush television receiver, type TV22, c 1950.

    At the end of the 1940s / early 1950s, a number of large regional television transmitters were built to extend the BBC's television service across the UK. As each region used a different frequency, receiver manufacturers produced a different version

    Micro Perophone radiogramophone, 1932.

    Micro Perophone radiogramophone, 1932, restored 1968. 5-valve receiver with 10 inch 78 rpm turntable mounted vertically where speaker would normally be; hinges down for use. Basically a Regentone RG670 radio with Simpson's direct-drive synchronous tu

    Primax moving iron loudspeaker, c 1924.

    Primax loud speaker (sectioned)

    Sony Walkman with headphones, c 1980.

    Sony 'Stowaway' stereo cassette-recorder, 1980, model TCS-300. This was one of the earliest cassette players intended to be used while on the move. The small size was made possible by omitting a loudspeaker, listening being via headphones. The equipm


    The merits of short-wave radio communication only emerged during the 1920s.