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Silver gelatin copy print made ca.1970s. Photograph by Sir Cecil Beaton of an Indian soldier.
Lucas motor car dynamo, type C418A, with distribut
Lucas motor car dynamo, type C418A, with distributor drive mounting and attached voltage regulator. 12 volt capacity. Chain sprocket drive, c.1945.
Fused earth sample from first atomic bomb explosion
Sample of "fused earth" from first atomic bomb explosion at Alamogordo, N.M., on July 16th 1945, contained in a metal and glass holder, diameter 102mm, height 33mm
Square pavement brick from Babylonia (Southern Iraq), 2nd millennium BC.
Square pavement brick from Babylonia (Southern Iraq), 2nd millennium BC
V2 rocket test kit, Germany, 1943.
Electrical ground test set used for checking the V2 rocket before launch.
A machine to Read Askania Kinetheodolite film trac
A machine to Read Askania Kinetheodolite film traces. Askania Werke A.G., Bambergwerk Berlin - FR Edenau Germany.
Print advertisment for Kodachrome Film
Print advertisment for Kodachrome Film with the taglines 'Give a Cine-Kodak... give Kodachrome Film' and 'Gift beyond price... the ability to bring it home in full-color movies', with an image of a woman waving from a ski lift, 1941.
A dye transfer print photograph of a woman modelling a coat, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1940. The woman stands between two gate posts wearing thick woollen coat, skirt and jumper.
Artificial leg made by British prisoner-of-war, Germany, 1940
Artificial leg, wood, leather and steel, reputedly made by a British prisoner-of-war in 1940
Polyethylene terephthalate filaments spool, 1943-1944
Plastics and Modern Materials
One of three spools of polyethylene terephthalate filaments produced at the Chemical Research Laboratory, Teddington (D.S.I.R) in 1943-44 Label reads: poly-ethylene terephthalate filament (B) I.V., 0.24
McVitie Weston valve collection, MOV/GEC valve, type NR51
MOV/GEC valve, type NR51, (RMW/Y627 - McVitie Weston number), by M-O Valve Co. Limited; General Electric Company Limited, 1939.
McVitie Weston valve collection, Ediswan valve, type V.T. No.95
Ediswan valve, type V.T. No.95, serial No. 10, pinch marked V.T. 95 and 45, filament broken, (RMW/E176 - McVitie Weston number), by Royal Ediswan.-1940
Boating on the Adi Ganga near Kalighat
Silver gelatin copy print made ca.1970s. Photograph by Sir Cecil Beaton showing children boating on the Adi Ganga near Kalighat, West Bengal, India.
Street scene, China
Silver gelatin copy print made ca.1970s. Photograph by Sir Cecil Beaton of a street scene in an unidentified Chinese city during the Second World War.
Desk pen set
Desk calendar and pen set belonging to a former employee of the Baird Television Company, bearing the signature of John Logie Baird and members of his staff, 1930-1950.
Aerial for 'S-phone' transceiver, 1942-1945
Aerial for "S-phone" type 13/Mk IV personal portable UHF transmitter/receiver, designed by Charles Bovill, unknown maker, British, 1942-1945
A Dufaycolor colour transparency of the view up The Mall from Buckingham Palace, London, taken by an unknown photographer in 1945.
Christmas at the Hospital for Sick Children
A photograph from the Daily Herald Archive showing a child in bed at the Hospital for Sick Children, holding a teddy bear, with a nurse standing alongside, 20 December 1943.
Copy of model of a sheep's liver. Original Babylonian, c. 2050-1750 BC.
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Resin replica of a clay model of a sheep's liver used for divination, original Babylonian, original 2050BC to 1750BC
The Ostermilk Book - Before Baby Comes/ The First Year/ The Toddler
Nutrition & Food Technology
Book, 'The Ostermilk Book - Before Baby Comes/ The First Year/ The Toddler', issued by Glaxo Laboratories Ltd, London, 1944. First edition.
Open scale barograph by Short & Mason Ltd., London. MO 2278/-/41 in glazed carrying case, dated 1941
Dorothy Ward in the BBC radio show 'Happidrome'
A photograph of Dorothy Ward in the BBC radio show 'Happidrome', taken in April 1943 by D H Calcraft for the Daily Herald.
Leather flying helmet
Leather flying helmet, with zipped ear pockets, and fittings for oxygen mask, Air Ministry, England, 1940-1942
Flying helmet with oxygen mask and headphones
Aertex fabric flying helmet, with fittings for electric headphones and oxygen mask. Air Ministry type 22C/747, 1939-1945
Used ration book and two ration book supplements, England, 1939-1941
Nutrition & Food Technology
Used Ration Book, and two partly used Ration Book Supplements, issued by the Ministry of Food during the second World War, to allow the limited purchasing of Meat, Bacon, Cooking Fats, Butter & Margarine and Sugar, all issued from Hornsey, North London, England, on July 7th 1941
Pilot's appliance for holding the joy-stick, England, 1942-1943
Aviator's appliance for holding the 'joy-stick' (This was owned by the late Air Vice-Marshal Sir Augustus Walker who flew Vulcans). Made by Steeper c.1942.
Leather flying helmet, Air Ministry, c 1944.
Leather flying helmet, with fittings for electric headphones and oxygen mask. Air Ministry, c. 1944
A photograph of workers in the Swan Hunter Shipyard on Tyneside, taken by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald newspaper on 8 January, 1940. Harry Hinson, an iron shipwright, stands with a co-worker amongst a framework of ship's girders. He is shouting directions up to colleagues in the scaffolding. This photograph is one of a series taken to illustrate a Dudley Barker feature story on workers in wartime.
A tipster performing tricks at Epsom
A photograph of Abdul Gaffoor performing conjuring tricks at Epsom on Derby Day, taken by George Roper for the Daily Herald newspaper on 21 May, 1939.
An audience of children at a Punch and Judy show
A photograph of an audience of children watching a Punch and Judy show at Christmas, taken in 1944 by Jack Esten for the Daily Herald.
Kiddies walk through wreckage of their homes at Liverpool
A photograph entitled 'Kiddies walk through wreckage of their homes at Liverpool', taken in 1941 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
War Declared on Germany - England's First Air Raid
A photograph of people hurrying into trenches in a London park on 3 September 1939.
Roller skating hockey league
A photograph of a roller skating hockey league, taken in February 1939 by Sayers for the Daily Herald. The photograph shows the Milner Tigers, a roller skating hockey team set up by school boys from Brighton.
Painting scenery for use in a film set at Ealing Studios
A photograph of a man painting scenery for use in a film set at Ealing Studios, taken in 1939 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald. The scenery is for 'Young Man's Fancy' (1939), a film produced by Michael Balcon (1896-1977), starring Griffith Jones, Anna Lee and Seymour Hicks.
Mill worker eating lunch
A photograph of a mill worker eating his lunch, taken by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald newspaper on 21 January, 1940.
Opening of Children's Zoo
A photograph of a crowd of people at the opening of the Children's Zoo at London Zoo, taken by Edward Malindine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 22 May 1939.
Radio set containing original printed circuit boards
Radio set containing original printed circuit boards, by Paul Eisler, Europe, 1942
Volt test meter
Dual - Testoscope made by Runbaken, Manchester,in cardboard box with instructions and detachable flex.
British soldier in the Western Desert
Silver gelatin copy print made ca.1970s. A British soldier stands in front of a bloth backdrop in the Western Desert during the second world war. Photograph by Sir Cecil Beaton.
George Medal Awarded to G F Keen
Coins and Medals
Medal, silver, with blue and red striped ribbon, The George Medal, depicting King George VI on obverse, George and the Dragon on reverse, awarded to George Frederick Keen.
McVitie Weston valve collection, RCA Cunningham Radiotron valve, type 6J7
RCA Cunningham Radiotron valve, type 6J7, all metal, (RMW/Y126 - McVitie Weston number), by RCA Corporation.-1940
H2S Mk.IIc airborne ground-scanning radar installation, c.1943
H2S Mk.IIc airborne ground-scanning radar installation, c.1943
Artificial arm with knife accessory for eating
Artificial arm with knife accessory for eating, made by Desoutter Brothers Ltd, 1940, with original ‘care and upkeep’ signed letter from Desoutter. Cream metal left (below elbow) prosthetic arm with leather upper-arm band for suspension. Articulated fingers and tenon thumb, with palm-box fitting for optional knife attachment. Knife comes with leather pouch. Original letter from Desoutter and envelope containing 7 photographs of wearer.
A Dufaycolor colour transparency of houses destroyed by bombing, taken by an unknown photographer during the second world war. The location of the bombed buildings is unknown.
Woman in hat
A dye transfer print photograph of a woman wearing black hat and gloves, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1940.
Wind Tunnel Model of Spitfire Mark I
Wind tunnel model of the Spitfire Mk. I, by RAE [Royal Aircraft Establishment], Farnborough, Hampshire, England, 1941
Beckman model G pH Meter, serial number 7059, buil
Beckman model G pH Meter, serial number 7059, built c.1945, used by Nobel Prizewinner Max Delbruck for work on molecular biology at California Institute of Technology c.1967