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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

 
Sugar nippers, 19th century.

Black-painted metal sugar nippers for breaking up blocks of crystalline sugar, English (?), 1880-1900

 
'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

 
'Reporter' tape recorder, 1953.

Boosey & Hawkes "Reporter" tape recorder, 1953.

 
'Scene One' stereo music centre, 1976.

Bush "Scene One" A1006 Music Centre, Stereo

 
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

 
Early electric fire, 1900-1920.

Electric fire with two Dowsing incandescent sausage-shaped bulbs, with ornate art nouveau metal surround, copper reflector and wooden base with switch at front, by the General Electric Company, English, 1900-1920

 
GEC 'Magnet' electric cooker, model HO 920, 1927.

Magnet' electric cooker HO 920, cast iron with enamelled drip tray and nickel-plated hob, with three hotplates, grill, plate warming compartment and oven with enamelled linings and double glass door, with 2-pin socket for additional electrical applia