The Secret Life of the Home


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    'Stimex' combination gas cooking range, fire and water circulator, c 1922.

    Stimex' combination gas range no. 8706, of cast iron construction with 7-radiant gas fire, Stimson's patent. The University hot water circulator, lagged oven, grill, three boiling burners and enamel drip tray, by Stimex Gas Stove Co. Ltd., Balham, Lo

    Creda New Series electric cooker fitted with Credastat thermostat, 1933.

    Creda electric cooker with oven, cast metal hotplate-griller, red-ring hotplate (a later addition); one of the early electric cookers to be fitted with a Credastat automatic oven thermostat patented by the Credenda Conduit Co. Ltd. of Birmingham, wh

    Crompton electric curling tong heater, 1891.

    Two Crompton electric curling tong heaters (brass) 1891-1897 element missing from one.


    The invention of the vacuum cleaner is generally credited to Hubert Cecil Booth.

    Sugar nippers, 19th century.

    Black-painted metal sugar nippers for breaking up blocks of crystalline sugar, English (?), 1880-1900

    'Reporter' tape recorder, 1953.

    Boosey & Hawkes "Reporter" tape recorder, 1953.

    'Scene One' stereo music centre, 1976.

    Bush "Scene One" A1006 Music Centre, Stereo


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

    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.