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Gas-powered fan heater, 1909-1920.

Ventilating fan with gas-powered hot air engine and tilting fan designed to compete with electrically driven fans, of cast iron construction painted Lincoln green, patent no. 16,043 in 1909, by Brockway and Phillips, Lincolnshire, 1909-1920

'Clem' universal travelling iron, c 1954.

Clem' universal travelling iron, electric, patent no. 604081, variable voltage, with flex and light socket adaptor, and iron stand, in original box (with instructions), 1948-1960

Original Singer sewing machine, 1853.

Example of original pattern Singer sewing machine of 1851, made c. 1853. This lock-stitch machine is one of the first built by Isaac Merritt Singer (1811-1875) in accordance with his patent of 1851. This machine was originally called the 'Jenny Lind'

Cylindrical phonograph records, 1912 and 1914.

Ten cylindrical phonograph records.

Morphy Richards electric toaster, 1962.

Morphy Richards Electric Toaster model TOS, 1962

Goblin 'Teasmade', c 1945.

Goblin 'Teasmade' model D26, 200-250V, pat. no. 571849, serial no. 26786, by the British Vacuum Cleaner & Engineering Company Ltd., c. 1945

Gramophone burglar alarm, c 1939.

Burglar alarm by Burgot Alarms Ltd., c. 1939, dials telephone number and plays message from gramophone record

Child's china teaplate, c 1922.

Child's china teaplate, with cartoon bearing the legend "2ZY Manchester calling"; 1922-1923

Bush television receiver, type TV22, c 1950.

At the end of the 1940s / early 1950s, a number of large regional television transmitters were built to extend the BBC's television service across the UK. As each region used a different frequency, receiver manufacturers produced a different version

Sony Walkman with headphones, c 1980.

Sony 'Stowaway' stereo cassette-recorder, 1980, model TCS-300. This was one of the earliest cassette players intended to be used while on the move. The small size was made possible by omitting a loudspeaker, listening being via headphones. The equipm