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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.
For the perfect holiday... Southsea and Portsmouth
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, British Railways (Southern Region), For the perfect holiday... Southsea and Portsmouth, Travel by Train, by David Lewis, 1953. Depicts an anchor on a beach, given human form by wearing a trilby or sunhat, and appearing to smoke a pipe and wear a belt and trousers. Two semaphore railway signals wrap around the anchor like scarves. In the background is the sea and a liner or ferry. Printed in Great Britain by Jordison and Company Ltd, 1953.
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.
Shadowgraph for Punch Cutting Machine
Printing & Writing
Floor-standing shadowgraph, Plant No. 1777, made by The Monotype Corporation Ltd., Salford, Redhill, Surrey, England, 1948. Used to magnify (x 200 times) outlines of matrix punch cutting tools. Part of the equipment used in the production system for Monotype matrices.
Siemens-Hell-Schreiber stop-start facsimile telegraph, model T, 1956.
Stop-start facsimile telegraph, Siemens-Hell-Schreiber GL, model T type 72c, 1956
Woman with flowers
A dye transfer print photograph of a woman standing next to an azalea bush, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1950.
Sputnik 1 satellite, 1957.
Replica Sputnik 1, the world's first artificial satellite, 1957
Pilot TV-37 television receiver
Pilot TV-37 Candid 3" portable television receiver, 1947-1949.
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, British Railways, Progress, by Terence Cuneo, 1957. Coloured lithograph depicting the interior of British Railways Swindon Works, and the construction of a Warship class diesel hydraulic locomotive. The illustration depicts the engine being lowered into the locomotive from an overhead gantry. Alongside is another diesel locomotive under construction, and a steam locomotive being overhauled. In the background on a raised platform is the 1837 Great Western Railway 2-2-2 locomotive 'North Star'. Text reads "Progress, Every week British Railways Modernisation Plan goes further ahead". Text beneath the illustration reads "Painted by Terence Cuneo for the cover of the Unilever magazine 'Progress', Winter issue 1957 - 8". Printed by Waterlow and Sons Limited. Format quad royal, 1016 x 1270 mm.
Black Knight test vehicle, c. 1957.
Two 1:8 scale model of Black Knight rocket (includes 2 launch platforms, base, umbilical tower and various nose cones)
Haemoglobin 8.26, Festival Pattern Group red fabric, 1950-1951
Sample of jacquard-woven cotton and yarn-dyed visose rayon furnishing fabric, red colourway, based on Max Perutz's crystallography, haemoglobin 8.26, nested hexagonal motif surrounded by circles, made by Barlow & Jones Ltd., Manchester, England, 1950-1951. Based on the X-ray crystallographic pattern of the haemoglobin molecule. From a collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Cambridge electrite direct-writing electrocardiograph machine
Cambridge electrite direct-writing electrocardiograph machine, by Cambridge Instrument Co. Ltd., Cambridge, 1950
Yves Saint Laurent draws fashion designs on blackboard
A photograph showing Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008) drawing fashion designs on a blackboard, taken in November 1957 by A Tanner for the Daily Herald.
Perspex model of a house, showing electrical ring main system
Perspex model of a house, showing ring main system of domestic electric power distribution, by Workshops of the Science Museum, London, England, 1957
Molecular modelling kit, 1955.
Set of Catalin molecular models of the space-filling Stuart type together with rubber connecting pegs and special pliers in a partitioned case. An engineering drawing showing dimensions and facial angles is included, c.1955
St. Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay
A photograph of St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, Northumberland, taken in 1949.
Scene after a stampede for tickets to see Manchester United
A photograph showing the scene after a stampede for tickets to watch Manchester United, taken in February 1950 by Roland Hicklin for the Daily Herald.
Polish seamen toast their freedom
A photograph entitled 'Polish seamen toast their freedom', taken by R Powell in around 1953 for. Daily Herald.
Couple posing with fishing props
Colour negative of a man and woman in matching jumpers, taken by Photographic Advertising Limited, c. 1957. The couple pose with fishing float, basket and rope. Photographic Advertising took many photographs to illustrate knitting patterns, many of which had a harbour or sea-side setting.
Woman with a tiara
Colour transparency of a woman modelling a tiara, necklace and earrings, taken by Photographic Advertising Limited, c. 1955.
Couch for X-ray and electron therapy machine, England, 1955
Part of the 15MeV Linear Accelerator: couch, by Newton/Victor
Colour transparency of a woman in profile, seated on the floor, taken by Photographic Advertising Limited, c. 1957. The woman wears an orange knitted jacket and skirt.
copy of The Cinema Studio magazine
copy of magazine 'The Cinema Studio', February 1951 including an article relating to the Rank Travelling Matte process (pages 34-35).
Workshop micrometer for the blind (no. 412/62)
Workshop micrometer for the blind (no. 412/62), by Moore and Wright, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, 1950-1952. The Workshop micrometer for the blind (no. 412/62) is a standard micrometer, modified by the addition of an aluminium drum of geared serrated discs with braille characters: developed in 1951, in conjunction with the National Institute for the Blind.
Rothesay, Isle of Bute
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, British Railways, 'Rothesay, Isle of Bute', by Frank Sherwin, 1950. Coloured lithograph depicting Rothesay harbour, with a pleasure steamer approaching the pier. Beyond is the beach and town. Accompanying text below reads "Illustrated Guide free from Secretary, Advertising Association, Rothesay. Services and Fares from British Railways stations and agencies." Ref E.R.O.53350. Printed by McCorquodale & Company Limited. Format double royal.
Haemoglobin 8.26, Festival Pattern Group green fabric, 1950-1951
Sample of jacquard-woven cotton and yarn-dyed visose rayon furnishing fabric, green colourway, based on Max Perutz's crystallography, haemoglobin 8.26, nested hexagonal motif surrounded by circles, made by Barlow & Jones Ltd., Manchester, England, 1950-1951. Based on the X-ray crystallographic pattern of the haemaglobin molecule. From a collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Refractor head used in spectacles prescription, United Kingdom, 1945-1955
Refractor head, used for quick diagnosis of ophthalmic prescription without using trial lenses and trial frame, c.1950
Ishihara colour blindness test, London, England, 1948
Ishihara colour test with instructions, published by H.K. Lewis and Co. Ltd., English, 1948
Debrie H 35mm high speed cine camera
Debrie High Speed Cine camera, Series H. Serial No 221 by Andre Debire, France, 1950. High speed cine camera for 35mm film in 400 foot external magazine. No lens. With double claw intermittent with double registration pin device. Single continuous sprocket. Critical focusing system on front of film. Rotary footage counter. Speed indicator, calibrated 48-240fps. Electric motor drive 1/8Hp, 24v DC, 1000 rpm 7 amps, motor fited by Arthur Kingston. On off switch and speed control (replacing original hand drive). Used by Arthur Kingston to film Grand National.
A Dufaycolor colour transparency of Trafalgar Square in London, taken by an unknown photographer in 1945.
Newman and Sinclair Autokine Model E 35mm Cine Camera
Newman and Sinclair Autokine Model E 35mm cine camera. With two magazines. Serial No 423. Cine camera for 35mm film in internal 200 foot reel magazine. Sliding plate with fittings for two lenses which are missing. With double spring clockwork motor, adjustable speed. Direct vision optical viewfinder with spirit level and footage indicator visible, parallax compensated rear sight.
Diorama of the Lister Ward at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, made in London, England, 1945-1950
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Diorama of the Lister Ward at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, c.1865, made by the Wellcome Institute, 1945-1950
The Palm House, Kew Gardens
A Dufaycolor colour transparency of The Palm House in Kew Gardens, London taken by an unknown photographer in about 1945.
Pictorial Collection (Railway)
Carriage print, British Railways (Eastern Region), Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire, by Kenneth Steel.
Bakelite pin tray, 1950.
Plastics and Modern Materials
One bakelite pin tray with hinged lid in the company's trefoil shape, c.1950
Acmade high speed rotating prism camera
Acmade high speed rotating prism camera made for the ARDE (Armament Research and Development Establishment), Fort Halstead, West Kent, and RAE (Royal Aircraft Establishment), Farnborough, for rocket, missiles and aircraft trials, British, c. 1950.
First ever prepared crystal of serotonin creatinine sulphate, United States, 1948
Single crystal of serotonin creatinine sulphate, the first ever prepared by Maurice Rapport
A de Havilland 'Vampire' aircraft
A photograph of a de Havilland Vampire aircraft, taken by Bert Abell for the Daily Herald newspaper in 1951. The Vampire taxis along a new runway at Ringway Airport, Manchester, after a display given by the RAF 613 (City of Manchester) Auxiliary Squadron.
Television Fare, Mrs Jones and her pet ewe
Photograph entitled 'Television Fare, Mrs Jones and her pet ewe', taken by James Jarché for the Daily Herald in 1946. Showing Mrs Jones being interviewed in front of television cameras with sixteen year-old Nanny, her pet ewe.
Automatic electromechanical calculating machine, m
Automatic electromechanical calculating machine, model DW by Friden Calculating Machine Company, California, USA, c. 1955.
A pair of articulated lower limb prostheses for a child
A pair of articulated lower limb prostheses supplied to a boy when he was 10 years old. He was born with complete absence of both lower limbs. Certalmid sockets (joined back and front) by straps and buckles. Wooden thighs and legs, felt feet, rigid ankles. Hip locks and rod operated knee locks on both sides. Elastic pick-ups. Made by Hanger in 1957.
Avro Vulcan wind tunnel model
Avro Vulcan wind tunnel model made by A.V. Roe Co. Ltd, Woodford, c.1956
locomotive nameplate - great eastern
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Locomotive Nameplate, British Railways, "Great Eastern", ex Peppercorn A1 Class, No. 60157, built November 1949, named November 1951, Doncaster Works No. 2051, withdrawn January 1965.
Sievert blow lamp, 1/2 pint, 0.33 litres paraffin
Sievert blow lamp, 1/2 pint, 0.33 litres paraffin tank, type 538. Made by Max Sievert, Stockholm, Sweden. c. 1950
Four Photographs of American Atomic Bomb Test
Four 12 x 10 inch prints, showing the test underwater of an atomic bomb explosion at Bikini Atoll on 24th July 1946. (prints by Science Museum Photographer from negatives lent by the Photographic Library, US Bureau of Information, American Embassy, 33 Davies Street, W.1.)