The Secret Life of the Home

 

On Display

'Sol' hairdryer, Germany, c 1925.

This early electric fan-driven hairdryer is simple in design and has two heat settings. It was generally used by middle class households in the 1920s. The first purpose-made hairdryers were boxes that stood on the table, hand-held dryers were introdu

 
'Auto-Thermos' pressure cooker, 1929.

Auto-Thermos' pressure cooker of insulated cast aluminium, with lid secured by removeable yoke, with spring-loaded piston acting as pressure regulating and warning device, and with Easiwork pressure gauge, UK patent 291364 in 1929 by Camille Hautier

 
'Shelvador' electric compression domestic refrigerator, 1934-1935.

Fridge with streamlined design made by Crosley between 1930 and 1940. An example of the first model to be equipped with internal shelves inside the door. Domestic refrigerator design was largely developed in the US in the early 20th century partly be

 
Cona coffee maker, c 1950.

Cona' coffee maker, table model no. III, c.1950

 
'Kingsway' New World gas cooker, c 1935.

Kingsway' New World all-enamelled gas cooker in fashion colours of cream and royal blue, with thermostatically controlled oven, grill, four burners and plate rack, by Fletcher, Russell and Co. Ltd., Warrington, 1933-1937.

 
Veritas-Atmos paraffin cooker, c 1930.

NB. The portable metal oven box is not shown in this image. The inventory number 1973-47 describes the whole. Then Pt 1 should be the cooker, (at the moment it appears to be the oven box) then Pt 2 (does not currently exist) should be the oven box.

 
Bendix DRS washing machine c 1961.

Bendix DRS washing machine c. 1961, with various spares

 
Hoover 'Junior' vacuum cleaner, 1936.
 
Hoover washing machine with wringer, 1948.

Hoover washing machine, model 0307, with wringer, 1948

 
Hoover 'Keymatic' washing machine, 1963.

Hoover 'Keymatic' washing machine, 1963.