The Secret Life of the Home


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    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.

    Lily portable oil (paraffin) heater, c 1890.

    Lily' portable oil (paraffin) heater with 2 flat wicks, with pale blue enamelled cast iron casing with removeable lid to permit cooking operations, with unusual neo-gothic windows, by John Harper and Co., Willenhall, 1880-1900

    Belling Rotadine oven/hotplate, 1965.

    Belling Rotadine Oven, 1965

    Sony Compact Cassette Recorder, c 1969.

    Sony TC50 Compact Cassette Recorder, c. 1969

    'Daisy' No 2 vacuum cleaner, c 1914.

    Daisy' no. 2 vacuum cleaner, c. 1914

    Gas cooker, of Alfred King's design, 1859.

    Gas cooker manufactured to a design of Alfred King of Liverpool for installation in Lionel Nathan Rothschild's house at 148 Piccadilly, with hotplate comprising three concentric aerated drilled-tube burners and a false oven, English, 1859

    Automatic electric 'pop-up' toaster, c 1960.

    Automatic electric toaster with two slots so that each bread slice is simultaneously toasted on both sides, with timer dial, encased in chrome-plated steel with pale blue panels, by Morphy-Richards, English, 1956-1966.

    Rubbing stone, c 1850.

    Glass Gnidestein (rubbing stone), Viking style for cold smoothing of cloth

    Hoover 'Junior' vacuum cleaner, 1936.