The Secret Life of the Home


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    Cannon charcoal heated flat-iron and bellows, c 1850.

    Cannon' charcoal heated flat-iron, c. 1850.

    Cast iron pressure cooker, 1850-1870.

    Cast iron pressure cooker of four quart capacity, with latches to secure the lid and steam release safety valve in centre of lid, by E. Pugh and Co., Wednesbury, West Midlands, 1850-1870

    Seeger dry-air siphon refrigerator c 1900.

    Insulated wooden ice box (dry air siphon refrigerator), in which food is chilled by the insertion of ice blocks into an adjoining compartment from which cold air circulates, by the Seeger Refrigerator Co., St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, 1880-1920

    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


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

    Cylindrical phonograph records, 1912 and 1914.

    Ten cylindrical phonograph records.

    Sony Compact Cassette Recorder, c 1969.

    Sony TC50 Compact Cassette Recorder, c. 1969

    Morphy Richards electric toaster, 1962.

    Morphy Richards Electric Toaster model TOS, 1962

    Goblin 'Teasmade', c 1945.

    Goblin 'Teasmade' model D26, 200-250V, pat. no. 571849, serial no. 26786, by the British Vacuum Cleaner & Engineering Company Ltd., c. 1945

    Cona coffee maker, c 1950.

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