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Artificial legs, Roehampton, England, 1949
First pair of lower limb prostheses supplied to a boy 2¼ years old. He was born with complete absence of both lower limbs. The sockets are made of certalmid and fitted with round peg ends. Made by Hanger on 25 April 1949. (Weight: 9 oz 255 gm).
Vial for Penicillin sodium salt
Vial for Penicillin sodium salt, by Commercial Solvents Corporation, Terre Haute, Vigo county, Indiana, United States, 1944
Matrix binocular optical depth testing instrument
Printing & Writing
Matrix binocular optical depth testing instrument, plant No.1882, made by The Monotype Corporation Ltd., Salford, Redhill, Surrey, England, 1953. Part of the equipment used in the production system for Monotype matrices
Pink polystyrene brooch, c. 1945.
Plastics and Modern Materials
Brooch of pearlised pink celluloid in form of a woman's head, with red flower in hair and red lips painted on, 1940's
16-ton mineral wagon
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway wagon, British Railways, 16T mineral wagon, No B227009, 1955.
Microptic transit theodolite, 1954
Microptic transit theodolite No 1, by Hilger & Watts Ltd, c. 1950 with box. (ex "Navigation Today" exhibition number: N.T.E. 122)
Ministry of Food bowls
Nutrition & Food Technology
Supply of bakelite bowls bearing the Ministry of Food logotype, in cardboard box, for emergency feeding purposes, manufactured 1945-1951
Detectives and police from Scotland Yard search the back garden of 10 Rillington Place
A photograph of police and detectives from Scotland Yard searching the back garden of 10 Rillington Place, taken in March 1953 by William Jones for the Daily Herald.
Paillard Bolex H16 16mm Cine Camera
Paillard-Bolex H16 cine camera with fitted case, instructions and pistol grip. It has a three lens turret; Kern Yvar F=16mm f/1:2.8, Serial No 154788; Kern Switar F=25mm f/1.4, Serial No 156462; Kern Yvar F=75mm f/1:2.8 lenses, Serial No 150601; all three lens by Kern-Paillard, Switzerland. Clockwork-driven camera for 16mm film on 100 foot spools; claw intermittent and two continuous sprockets. It can be run at 8, 16, 24, 32 and 64 frames per second. Single frame and over frame exposure facility and time and instantaneous exposures. The camera has a back-wind facility (for double exposures/fades, etc). The direct vision optical finder is mounted at the top of the camera, with a critical reflex focusser situated behind the top lens on the turret.
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
V2 rocket test kit, Germany, 1943.
Electrical ground test set used for checking the V2 rocket before launch.
The PIC camera, a circular plastic camera for 16 on 127 rollfilm 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches, c 1950. Fitted with a simple lens of fixed aperture and focus. T/I shutter with separate releases with a tubular viewfinder. Registered design no. 870468. PIC Distributors Limited. Manufactured in England by Pressure Sealed Plastics Ltd. Overall: 46 mm x 95 mm.
Square pavement brick from Babylonia (Southern Iraq), 2nd millennium BC.
Square pavement brick from Babylonia (Southern Iraq), 2nd millennium BC
35mm camera for 50 exposures 32 x 24mm. Wray unilite lens F:50mm f/2-22. Serial No 110095. With fabric focal plate shutter 2/5/10/25/50/100/250/500/1000/B. Automatic exposure counter, shutter cocked and film wound on by recess key in base. Reflex viewing via mirror giving laterally reversed image. Small magnifier in centre of ground glass screen. S-1906. Wray, 1951.
First sample of 100% spun 'terylene' yarn
Plastics and Modern Materials
First sample of 100% spun "Terylene" yarn, produced at the Shirley Institute, c. 1949
Ekco car radio receiver, 1951
Ekco car radio receiver, by EK Cole Limited, Southend on Sea, Essex, England, 1951. This radio was formally fitted in a Mark 1 Ford Consul.
Nikon M camera
Nikon M 35mm single lens reflex camera. Coupled rangefinder camera for 35mm film 24x36mm - number M6092559. Nikor-S C lens, F:5cm f/1.4-16, Serial No 50051096; fabric focal plane shutter, horizontal travel, 1/2/4/8/20/30/40/60/100/200/500/B/T. Coupled coincidence type rangefinder combined with direct vision viewfinder. Lenses interchangeable, three point bayonet fitting. Exposure counter in wind knob; accessory shoe. Two pin sockets for flash - F and S settings. Lens cap. In everready case, with screw in lens hood and filter holder with yellow filter, in Rollei case. Overall: 77 mm x 140 mm x 70 mm.
Arriflex llB 35mm Cine Camera with 200' Magazine
35mm Arriflex IIB cine camera body, Serial Number 3452, with synch-pulse adapter, camera motor, 28mm Schneider lens (Serial Number 3087691), 50mm Cooke lens (Serial Number 518420), 75mm Taylor-Hobson lens, (Serial number 500107), one 200' magazine on camera, one 400' magazine, swan neck, camera leads.
Case for Arriflex 16mm ST Cine Camera
Metal camera case for 16mm Arriflex ST cine camera. Made in Germany by Arri 1952.
Three women model dresses
A dye transfer print photograph of three women in a fashion photograph, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1950. The women wear dresses and accessories made from the same fabrics, a green woollen fabric and a spotted cotton.
Woman on the telephone
A dye transfer print photograph of a woman on the telephone, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1950.
Nelrod Liteflash camera
Nelrod Liteflash camera. Press camera with built-in electronic flash head (seperate power pack missing); Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar lens F:135 f/4.7 Serial No 2624976. Synchro-Compur shutter; 1-1/500 sec. Coupled longbase coincidence rangefinder. Frame finder; sockets for Liteflash triggers and flashbulbs. Flash unit fitted with Mullard LSD3 flashbulb. In fitted case with 34 single metal darkslides.
Bristol 'Centaurus' sleeve-valve aero engine, c 1940s.
Bristol ‘Centaurus’ sleeve-valve radial 18-cylinder aero engine, part-sectioned, by The Bristol Aeroplane Company Limited, Bristol, Somerset, England, 1942-1950
Ashbourne Shrovetide Football
A photograph entitled 'Ashbourne Shrovetide Football', taken in February 1947 by Bert Abell for the Daily Herald.
Reynaud's Praxinoscope Theatre
Reynaud's Praxinoscope Theatre, c.1879. Emile Reynauld, Paris. Box opening and errecting to carry mirror drum with twelve facets; black background picture bands fit around circumference. Image viewed through hole in upright lid, seen through glass plate in which is reflected interchangeable background and foreground scene; the galss set in theatre style proscenium. Instructions pasted on lower proscenium panel. Candle holder and shade missing. With four bands; girl blowing bubbles (fitted in drum); leapfrog; girl skipping; boy foot-juggling. Background/foreground cards; circus; country house; background only; snow scene. Three advertising cards for - Praxinoscope, Projection Praxinoscope, Praxinoscope Theatre. Reproduction candle shade, made by Science Museum from original in BFI, in 1956.
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.
Man and woman in an office
Colour negative of a man and his secretary in an office, taken by Photographic Advertising Limited, c. 1950. The man dictates whilst the woman is seated and takes notes.
Margaret Taylor and her mother standing in the doorway of a gypsy caravan
A photograph showing Margaret Taylor and her mother Phyllis standing in the doorway of a gypsy caravan, taken in July 1956 by Ralph for the Daily Herald. The photograph accompanied a report on the fight by Phyllis Taylor to get her daughter into a local school in Banks, near Southport.
Kodak Brownie Turret movie camera
For doublerun 8mm film, 25' reels; Kodak Cine Ektanon lens F:13mm f/1.9, with converters for telephoto and wide angle. Clockwork drive; folding optical frame finder, parallax compensated. H 10207.
Rescuing the ball after Shrove Tuesday football in Alnwick
A photograph entitled 'Rescuing the ball after Shrove Tuesday football in Alnwick', taken in February 1953 by Kenneth Lauder for the Daily Herald. The photograph shows 22 year old miner John McKinley rescuing the ball from the River Aln after the football match in Alnwick, Northumberland. McKinley earned £1 and the football.
Duke of Sutherland's train at Golspie during her last journey
A photograph of the Duke of Sutherland's train at Golspie, Scotland, during her last journey, taken in March 1950 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
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.
Man and woman with curtains
Colour negative of a man and woman looking at a pair of curtains, taken by Photographic Advertising Limited, c. 1955. The curtains are props hung in a studio, resulting in a simple image that could be easily manipulated by advertisers.
Cinema audience watching a three dimensional film
A photograph entitled 'An audience of cinemagoers watch a three dimensional film', taken in March 1953 by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald.
World champion Joe Davis tries 'Apollo', his new metal snooker cue
A photograph of Joe Davis (1901-1978), snooker world champion, in London, taken in November 1954 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Woman and child prepare tea
Colour negative of woman and child in knitwear, waken by Photographic Advertising Limited, c. 1955. The pair stand behind a table with teacups and cake, the girl holds a toy monkey. Behind the woman a child is a dresser with herbs and spices on.
Little girl with bananas
A photograph of a little girl standing on a bollard at Avonmouth Dock holding a bunch of bananas, taken by Smith for the Daily Herald newspaper on 30 December, 1945.
Town pass for psychiatric patients, Suffolk, England, 1953
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Town pass for patient St. Audry's Hospital, previously the Suffolk County Asylum for Pauper Lunatics, Melton, Suffolk
Connector for radio equipment, 1942-1946
Connector, 6 point, for use with Wireless Set No. 19, unknown maker, British, 1942-1946
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
Shaw psychological test, United Kingdom, 1948
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Shaw Test material, comprises: 1 hexagon block (marked "A" on one end and "LAMB" on the other), 1 cuboid block (marked "B" on one end and "RAT" on the other), 1 pentagon block (marked "C" on one end and "OX" on the other), 1 triangle block (marked "D" on one end and "WHALE" on the other), and 2 sets of instructions with envelopes, no maker marked, 1948.
Custom built iron lung, Cardiff, Wales, 1941-1950
Custom built iron lung consisting of wooden chamber fixed to iron bedstead, and ventilated by means of hand-cranked leather forge bellows mounted on top
aerial base, 1942-1946
Aerial base for use with Wireless Set No. 19, unknown maker, British, 1942-1946
Oil jar, Egypt, 1580-1350BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Earthenware oil jar, Egyptian, probably New Kingdom, 1580-1350BC
Wireless set no. 38 Mk. II serial no. 6319, 1942-1945
Wireless set no. 38 Mk. II serial no. 6319, unknown maker, British, 1942-1945. Complete with ancillaries: Junction box no.2, headphones, throat microphone, 150/3 V dry battery, webbing harness, 16 foot aerial (in four sections with webbing case), and webbing signal satchel, with strap
Wireless set no. 19 with ancillary equipment, 1942-1946
Wireless set no. 19 Mark III, together with ancillary equipment, developed by Pye Limited and the Signals Research and Development Establishment, unknown maker, British, 1942-1946
Delivery table, Europe, 1945-1955
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Delivery table, fully adjustable with padded mattress. The main body of the bed sits on four wheels with an extendable section at the foot. This can be slid underneath when not in use.