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Pneumatic dispatch tube switch, c early 20th century.

Pneumatic dispatch switch for an intermediate station

 
Coolidge X-ray tube, 1913-1923.
 
Early X-ray tube, c 1896.

Large pear shaped x-ray tube of form originally used by Prof. Rontgen, manufactured in Germany about 1896. Inside of glass at end of tube eroded by bringing cathode rays to a focus with a magnet; on stand

 
Raleigh Chopper bicycle MK 2, 1978

The 'Chopper' children's bicycle.

 
Flymo Super Professional 47 rotary air cushion mower, 1979-1980.

This mower is an example of the now famous Hover mower made by Flymo Ltd, of Darlington, Co Durham. It was Flymo who made the air-cushion mower into a practical proposition, and into an everyday sight on the lawns of Great Britain.

 
Ammoniaphone, 'for voice cultivation by chemical means', English, 1871-1900.

Metal ammoniaphone, for voice cultivation, in box, invented by Dr. Carter Moffat, manufactured by Medical Battery Co., London

 
Bowl from Hiroshima, Japan, 1945.

Porcelain bowl, retrieved from Hiroshima after the atomic bomb explosion, August 1945

 
Ceramic paperweight of the contraceptive pill, c 1970.

This paperweight was made to represent a contraceptive pill. The contraceptive pill became available in 1960. It uses female hormones to control fertility and became commercially viable when it was discovered that the Mexican yam was a cheap natural

 
Thalomid (thalidomide) capsules, 1999.

THALOMID (thalidomide) in blister pack marketed for use in treating leprosy, HIV infection and some cancers under strictly controlled conditions

 
Holmes' lighthouse generator, 1867.

Electric generator, one of two later installed in Souter Point lighthouse, by Frederick Hale Homes, 1867.