The Secret Life of the Home


    On Display

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

    HMV 'Ceramic' electric iron, c 1936.

    "Ceramic" electric iron, H.M.V., c. 1936

    '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

    Gramophone burglar alarm, c 1939.

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

    Cylindrical phonograph records, 1912 and 1914.

    Ten cylindrical phonograph records.

    White Mountain Freezer, ice cream maker, United States, 1923-1930.

    White Mountain Freezer' hand-operated ice cream maker, comprising wooden ice bucket and handle for rotating the metal canister and its paddle to stir the cream mixture, US patent in 1923, USA., 1923-1930

    Early electric fire, 1900-1920.

    Electric fire with two Dowsing incandescent sausage-shaped bulbs, with ornate art nouveau metal surround, copper reflector and wooden base with switch at front, by the General Electric Company, English, 1900-1920