The Secret Life of the Home

     

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    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

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

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

     
    'Daisy' No 2 vacuum cleaner, c 1914.

    Daisy' no. 2 vacuum cleaner, c. 1914

     
    Syphon-action coffee infuser, c 1855.

    Balance-type siphon-action coffee making machine, comprising porcelain base, central brass pillar with spring-loaded bracket, glass coffee vase with copper lid, white fluted porcelain boiler and glass spirit lamp, European, probably French, c. 1855.

     
    Amana Radarange Touchmatic microwave oven, 1978.

    Amana Touchmatic Radarange Microwave Oven, model RR5-6, manufactured by Amana Refrigeration Inc., Amana, Iowa, USA, 1978, with micro-go-round plus clockwork pressure activated turntable by Nordic Ware, Mineapolis, Minnesota, USA, 1978

     
    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