The Secret Life of the Home

     

    On Display

    Gas-powered fan heater, 1909-1920.

    Ventilating fan with gas-powered hot air engine and tilting fan designed to compete with electrically driven fans, of cast iron construction painted Lincoln green, patent no. 16,043 in 1909, by Brockway and Phillips, Lincolnshire, 1909-1920

     
    '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

     
    Original Singer sewing machine, 1853.

    Example of original pattern Singer sewing machine of 1851, made c. 1853. This lock-stitch machine is one of the first built by Isaac Merritt Singer (1811-1875) in accordance with his patent of 1851. This machine was originally called the 'Jenny Lind'

     
    Gramophone burglar alarm, c 1939.

    Burglar alarm by Burgot Alarms Ltd., c. 1939, dials telephone number and plays message from gramophone record

     
    Wooden electrically-driven domestic washing machine, c 1920.

    Wooden domestic washing machine, electrically driven, with mangle, made by Beatty Bros. of Canada, c. 1920

     
    'Monitor Top', electric compression domestic refrigerator, 1934.

    "Monitor Top" electric compression domestic refrigerator, with compressor mounted in circular unit on top of fridge, by B.T.H. (General Electric), supplied by the International Refrigerator Co. of London, made in the USA, 1934

     
    'Universal' electric food mixer and beater, 1918.

    `Universal' electric food mixer with double-rotary beaters, featuring an open electric motor, hinge to adjust position of mixer, and ability to fit attachments, all metal, by Landers Frary and Clark, USA, 1915-1920

     
    Belling electric fire, 1913.

    Standard' portable electric fire with 6 wire-wound fireclay elements, 2 rotary switches and blue-enamelled cast iron surround with hinged trivet at the top to support a kettle or pan, elements patented by C. R. Belling (patent no. 19,054) in 1912, t

     
    The Belling 'Modernette' electric cooker, 1919.

    One of the first Belling 'Modernette' electric cookers with oven, plate warmer, hotplate and griller-boiler, all with exposed coiled-wire heating elements, of compact mild sheet steel construction specifically designed for use in a small house or fla

     
    The 'Vowel Y' washing machine and wringer, 1897.

    Hand-operated 'Vowel Y' washing machine and mangle, by Thomas Bradford, 1897