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'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

 
'Auto-Thermos' pressure cooker, 1929.

Auto-Thermos' pressure cooker of insulated cast aluminium, with lid secured by removeable yoke, with spring-loaded piston acting as pressure regulating and warning device, and with Easiwork pressure gauge, UK patent 291364 in 1929 by Camille Hautier

 
'Shelvador' electric compression domestic refrigerator, 1934-1935.

Fridge with streamlined design made by Crosley between 1930 and 1940. An example of the first model to be equipped with internal shelves inside the door. Domestic refrigerator design was largely developed in the US in the early 20th century partly be

 
Micro Perophone radiogramophone, 1932.

Micro Perophone radiogramophone, 1932, restored 1968. 5-valve receiver with 10 inch 78 rpm turntable mounted vertically where speaker would normally be; hinges down for use. Basically a Regentone RG670 radio with Simpson's direct-drive synchronous tu

 
'Reporter' tape recorder, 1953.

Boosey & Hawkes "Reporter" tape recorder, 1953.

 
'Scene One' stereo music centre, 1976.

Bush "Scene One" A1006 Music Centre, Stereo

 
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

 
Hoover 'Junior' vacuum cleaner, 1936.