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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

 
Cona coffee maker, c 1950.

Cona' coffee maker, table model no. III, c.1950

 
'Kingsway' New World gas cooker, c 1935.

Kingsway' New World all-enamelled gas cooker in fashion colours of cream and royal blue, with thermostatically controlled oven, grill, four burners and plate rack, by Fletcher, Russell and Co. Ltd., Warrington, 1933-1937.

 
White Mountain Freezer, ice cream maker, United States, 1923-1930.

White Mountain Freezer' hand-operated ice cream maker, comprising wooden ice bucket and handle for rotating the metal canister and its paddle to stir the cream mixture, US patent in 1923, USA., 1923-1930

 
'Sol' hairdryer, Germany, c 1925.

This early electric fan-driven hairdryer is simple in design and has two heat settings. It was generally used by middle class households in the 1920s. The first purpose-made hairdryers were boxes that stood on the table, hand-held dryers were introdu