The Secret Life of the Home

     

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    '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

     
    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

     
    Gramophone burglar alarm, c 1939.

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

     
    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

     
    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

     
    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