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Kundo 'Space Timer' radio-controlled desk clock, 1988.

The Space Timer was one of the first mass-produced radio-controlled clocks. It is synchronised by time signals transmitted from Frankfurt in Germany and indicates Mid-Euopean time, which is one hour fast of Greenwich. It automaticlly resets itself fo

Toothbrushes with ivoride handles, c 1870-1920.

Two horsehair toothbrushes with ivoride handles produced by Savory and Moore in London. The Chinese are credited with inventing the use of toothbrushes and toothpastes, although the ancient Egyptians used branches with frayed ends to clean their teet

Con Edison's 'Plan Your Kitchen Kit', c 1958.

Con Edison's Plan Your Kitchen Kit, a kitchen planning aid supplied free to customers by the Consolidated Edison Company, New York, ca. 1958.

The Rolls-Royce vertical take-off-thrust measuring rig, 1954.

Rolls-Royce V.T.O. Test Bed, XJ 314, (Flying Bedstead), 1954

Avro 504K biplane D7560 with 130hp Clerget engine, c 1917.

Avro 504K biplane D7560 with 130hp Clerget engine no. 52090; The Avro 504 first appeared in 1913 and was in service with the Royal Flying Corps during WWI. As early as November 1914, three 504s carried out a 'mass' bombing raid on German airship cons

Sinclair Cambridge Memory electronic calculator, 1974.

Sinclair Cambridge Memory Electronic Calculator, 1974. This was one of a series of pocket calculators introduced by Clive Sinclair in the early 1970s, beginning with the 'Executive' in 1972. Sinclair was able to make a calculator small and light enou

Sinclair ZX80 microcomputer, 1980.

The Sinclair ZX80 was the first computer made to appeal to the mass market. Sinclair Research Ltd of Cambridge developed it as a build-it-yourself programmable computer that was designed to connect to a television set or cassette recorder. It was sma

Whitworth's self-acting screw feed reversing tool box planing machine, 1842.

Whitworth's self-acting screw feed reversing tool box planing machine, 1842. The planing machine cuts flat surfaces in metal components. This power-driven planing machine drives a cutting tool over the workpiece, removing a small amount of metal in a

Power loom, 1851.

Power loom manufactured by J. Harrison and Son and fitted with the loose reed emergency stop mechanism of 1842. Exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 ina part of the displays entitled 'Machinery in Motion', and subsequently modified by the maker

Equipment for spinning viscose rayon, 1901.

Godet of early spinning machine for viscose silk, designed by Charles. F. Topham Esq. in 1901 plus two spindles.