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Hoover 'Keymatic' washing machine, 1963.

Hoover 'Keymatic' washing machine, 1963.

 
Bendix DRS washing machine c 1961.

Bendix DRS washing machine c. 1961, with various spares

 
Electric iron, c 1880.

Early electric iron of unusual construction. The soleplate is heated by passing a current across carbon arc electrodes. The hazards of fire and injury to the user made this method dangerous and short-lived.

 
Belling Compact Super Four electric cooker, c 1970.

Belling Compact Super Four Electric Cooker, c. 1970

 

The invention of the vacuum cleaner is generally credited to Hubert Cecil Booth.

 
Wooden electrically-driven domestic washing machine, c 1920.

Wooden domestic washing machine, electrically driven, with mangle, made by Beatty Bros. of Canada, c. 1920

 
Cast iron pressure cooker, 1850-1870.

Cast iron pressure cooker of four quart capacity, with latches to secure the lid and steam release safety valve in centre of lid, by E. Pugh and Co., Wednesbury, West Midlands, 1850-1870

 
Electric copper kettle, with immersed element, sectioned, c 1921.

Sectioned electric copper kettle, the first type of kettle to be fitted with a totally immersed heating element, thereby doubling its efficiency, provisional patent no. 33221/ 21, by Bulpitt and Sons Ltd., Birmingham, 1921-1922

 
An automatic tea-making machine, c 1902.

Automatic tea-making machine patented by Frank Clarke of Birmingham, in 1902.

 
Dutch oven, with basting spoon and cylindrical clockwork jack, 1850-1900.

Dutch oven, a device for speeding up the roasting of small meats in front of an open fire, with basting spoon and with brass spring-driven bottle jack by Mather and Armstrong of Newcastle, English, 1850-1900