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Cut-away model of the T.S. 'Olympic', 1910-1937
Cut-away model, scale 1:144, of the triple-screw passenger liner, the T.S. 'Olympic' (1910), with painted panel showing the inner compartments with passengers, made by Bassett-Lowke Limited, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, 1910-1937
Improved Patent Magneto Electric Machine for nervous diseases
Improved Patent Magneto Electric Machine for nervous diseases, dynamo with steel magnet and brass and ebony terminals to apply to patient, all in polished wood case dated, unsigned, Europe, 1862
Principal varieties of mankind', 3 May 1850.
Geographical Diagram. The Principal Varieties of Mankind. Published by James Reynolds 174 Strand, London. 3 May 1850. Drawn and engraved by John Emslie.
National Telephone Company directory, 1898-1899
National Telephone Company UK telephone directory for 1898-9, published by the National Telephone Company, British, 1898-1899
Chart of the Atlantic showing proposed couRse of the Atlantic Cable, 1856-1857
Framed and glazed chart of the Atlantic Ocean showing the proposed course of the Atlantic Cable, plus section marked 1857 showing the depth of the ocean bed at points along the course, made by the Atlantic Telegraph Company, London, England, 1856-1857.
Magnetic compass and sundial by Henry Sutton
Folding pocket compass and sundial in boxwood case made by Henry Sutton, Threadneedle Street, London, 1650-1665.
Hand painted Indian cotton fabric
Hand painted cotton fabric sample known as a palampore, made in India around 1700-1800, for export to Europe.
'Radio Celebrities Second Series' cigarette card album, 1934-1940
'Radio Celebrities Second Series' cigarette card album, manufactured by Imperial Tobacco and distributed under the brand name W D and H O Wills and Company, probably Bristol, England, 1934-1940
The Atlantic Telegraph, broadsheet, 1866
Broadsheet, printed, hand-coloured engravings, 'The Atlantic Telegraph', describing the laying of the first successful transatlantic telegraph cables, published by Bacon & Co, 48 Paternoster Row, London, England, 1866. In glazed frame, 91 x 65.7 cm.
'Radio Celebrities' cigarette card album, 1934-1940
"Radio Celebrities" cigarette card album, manufactured by Imperial Tobacco and distributed under the brand name W D and H O Wills and Company, probably Bristol, England, 1934-1940
Set of 7 square brass grain weights and two folded pieces of paper: one of which is inscribed with ‘Alicante’, for the Mark of Alicante from the Castlereagh Collection
Weighing & Measuring
Set of 7 square brass grain weights: 12 gn, 9 gn, 6 gn, 4 gn, 2 gn, 1 gn, and two folded pieces of paper: one of which is inscribed with ‘Alicante’, from the Castlereagh Collection for Alicante, Spain, unsigned, Alicante, Valencia, Spain, 1815-1818
'Radio Celebrities' cigarette card albums, 1934-1940
Two albums of cigarette cards showing early British radio performers, "Radio Celebrities" and "Radio Celebrities Second Series", manufactured by Imperial Tobacco and distributed under the brand name W D and H O Wills and Company, probably Bristol, 1934-1940
Letter from George Washington to his dentist, United States, 1795
Letter from George Washington to his dentist, Mr I. Greenwood, dated 20 February 1795.
Photographic contact strip showing location filming for 'The Constant Husband'
Photograph contact strip by Tanner titled 'Welsh features'. Caption on back reads: 'A film company (British Lion) are filming the new film "The Constant Husband" in Aberayron with the aid of the local inhabitants and their animals. P.S. General view Rex Harrison in action.'
Aneurin Bevan visits first NHS patient
05 July 1948
Daily Herald photograph by White showing Aneurin Bevan visiting Silvia Beckenham, the first NHS patient. With him is Matron Mary Nolan at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, Manchester.
Photograph showing a snow leopard at the London Zoo
Photograph titled 'Greeting from Snowy'. Caption on back reads: 'Snowy' sounds rather a friendly name but its owner, the snow leopard at the London Zoo is anything but friendly. The slightest gesture of friendliness is greeted with a snarl and when our photographer visited his cage 'Snowy' put on his best snarl and warned him not to come too close.
Daily Herald contact strip showing teen girl holding wolf pups
Photograph contact strip titled 'Teen-age girls will tame the wolves'. Caption on back reads: Two 17-year-old hostesses at Whipsnade Children's Zoo have been given the job of taming to three-month-old wolf cubs. It is the first time Whipsnade has tried to tame wolves. The hostesses, 17-year-old Adrienne Wheeler, and 17-year-old blonde Joyce Shury, have to cuddle and pet them so that in time they will be tame enough for visiting children to handle. A Zoo official said "They are still very wild. We hope they will respond to affection from the girls." To catch the cubs, which were running wild in an enclosure with a pack of Canadian wolves, keepers had to make a surprise raid by van and grab the two cubs. But, it is feared that when they show their teeth, the girls may be a little shy of them'. Images by A. Tanner for the Daily Herald.
Travelling on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, 1831
print. coloured. "Travelling on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, 1831". (Reduced copy of the four Ackermann long prints of 1831. Printed in Leipzig 1894). Unmounted. Overall size 12 5/8"x10"
Barbara Hepworth's Surgery Sketchbook
Sketchbook, depicting stages of an operation inscribed on the title page with: “fenestration of the ear by Surgeon Garnett Passe at the London Clinic, 1948”, by Barbara Hepworth, London, England, 1948. Comprises 31 pages of drawings in pencil, some in ink. Signed and dated by the artist on the title page. Some pages have been removed.
African American soldiers court martialled at Paignton
15 october 1943
Silver gelatin print by Jack Esten for the Daily Herald. 'U.S. Court Martial at Paignton'. Image shows 14 African American soldiers leaving the court at Paignton, Devon, after the adjournment. They were accused of mutiny, riot and intent to murder.
Star Strider Robot with box packaging
Star Strider Robot with box packaging, manufactured by Horikawa, Japan, 1980's
Behind the scenes photograph from filming of 'A Matter of Life and Death'
Behind the scenes photograph from 'A Matter of Life and Death' (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1946). Image shows the construction of the escalator (named Ethel) used in the famous scene where David Niven's character is called up to Heaven but fights to stay on Earth. Caption on back reads: 'Ethel from beneath - it took over eight days to erect her on a studio floor under-pinned to support her eighty-five tons'.
Imperial ELE electric typewriter, about 1965
Printing & Writing
Imperial ELE electric typewriter with 170 character width platen, serial number ELE 1397, c. 1965
Betty Loakes wins 800 metres heat
22 August 1958
Associated Press wirephoto, titled "Betty Loakes wins 800 metres heat". Image shows British runner Betty Loakes winning the 800 metre heat at the European Games in Stockholm, Sweden, on 22 August 1958. Pictured L-R: Edith Schiller of Germany, Betty Laokes of Britain, Gul Ciray of Turkey, and Vera Mukhanova of the Soviet Union.
Clarke's-type electromagnetic machine, in rectangu
Clarke's-type electromagnetic machine, in rectangular box, with horseshoe magnet, 2 rotating bobbins and pulley wheels, patented by Davis and Kidder, made by W. H. Burnap, Lowell, U.S.A., 1854-1860s
Photograph contact sheet showing an elephant in a hotel pub
Photograph contact sheet titled 'Elephant goes drinking'. Caption on back reads: 'Frances the six year old elephant goes in the Bath Hotel, Great Yarmouth, for a pint of bitter'.
Daily Herald photograph showing Blitz survivors Arthur and Jimmy Baldwin
Daily Herald photograph titled 'London Blitz Scenes.' This image by Jack Esten is captioned 'The only fatality at [redacted], 10-year-old Joey the canary rescued by Arthur (13-year-old left) and Jimmy Baldwin aged 15.'
Behind the scenes photograph from filming of 'Blanche Fury'
Behind the scenes photograph taken during the filming of 'Blanche Fury' (Marc Allegret, 1948). Caption on back reads: 'The Cineguild Unit prepare to take a shot of Valerie Hobson, who plays the name part in the Technicolor production 'Blanche Fury'. The director, Marc Allegret, stands at the foot of the steps, with his back to the camera. 'Blanche Fury' co-stars Stewart Granger and Valerie Hobson, with Walter Fitzgerald. The film is produced by Anthony Havelock-Allan and directed by Marc Allegret'.
33 of 35 Cards illustrating Diseases and their Prevention, produced in association with UNICEF, 1980-83
Public Health & Hygiene
Cards illustrated with coloured cartoons, 33 of 35, from a series concerning various diseases and their prevention by childhood vaccination, for use in public health campaigns in Colombia, produced in Colombia in association with UNICEF, 1980-1983. This particular card depicts two cartoon bacterium that have been tied up with rope with a gag over their mouths. There is a yellow border to the card along the top and bottom edge. There are four lines of script written in black text along the bottom edge of the card.
Photograph showing a Tasmanian wolf (thylacine)
Photograph titled ''Tasmanian wolf'. Portrait of a thylacine, also known as a Tasmanian wolf or Tasmanian tiger. The species is believe to have become extinct in the 20th century.
Indenture of apprenticeship to the firm of Maudslay Sons and Field
Indenture of apprenticeship of Charles Clarke to the firm of Maudslay Sons and Field, Lambeth, signed by Thomas Henry Maudslay, Joseph Maudslay and Joshua Field, dated 5 December 1836.
Astronomia playing cards
J and G Pickett
Astronomia. Set of 52 cards in original slip case. Designed and published by F.G. Moon, London 1829; steel engravings by J & G Pickett.
Official UK copy of the Bonn GSM mobile phone agreement, 1987
Official UK copy of the Bonn political declaration between the Ministers of France, Germany, Italy and the UK to support the GSM mobile phone specification in their respective countries and calling for the drawing up of the GSM MoU, signed by Geoffrey Pattie (UK), R Panella (Italy), Marcel Roulet (France) and Christian Schwarz-Schilling (Germany), in Bonn, Germany, 1987
35 of 35 Cards illustrating Diseases and their Prevention, produced in association with UNICEF, 1980-83
Public Health & Hygiene
Cards illustrated with coloured cartoons, 35 of 35, from a series concerning various diseases and their prevention by childhood vaccination, for use in public health campaigns in Colombia, produced in Colombia in association with UNICEF, 1980-1983. This particular card depicts a brown horse that appears to have defecated two stools to the right of the card. There is an orange border to the card along the top and bottom edge. There are four lines of script written in black text along the bottom edge of the card.
21 of 35 Cards illustrating Diseases and their Prevention, produced in association with UNICEF, 1980-83
Public Health & Hygiene
Cards illustrated with coloured cartoons, 21 of 35, from a series concerning various diseases and their prevention by childhood vaccination, for use in public health campaigns in Colombia, produced in Colombia in association with UNICEF, 1980-1983. This particular card shows a boy wearing white pants holding onto his throat with both hands, whilst sticking out his tongue. There are a group of upside down exclamation marks coming out of his mouth up into the air. There is a pink border to the card along the top and bottom edge. There are four lines of script written in black text along the bottom edge of the card.
Magic lantern pose slide
Magic lantern pose slide showing a figure dressed in a red and blue suit. 'Russie' written on small label.
Magic lantern pose slide
Magic lantern pose slide showing a woman in a classical garden with two men seated to her right.
Photoglyphic engraving of fern 'Adiantum capillus-veneris'
Photoglyphic engraving from a copper plate made by William Henry Fox Talbot of a fern 'Adiantum capillus-veneris'
Ranger Robot with box packaging
Ranger Robot with box packaging, manufactured by Horikawa, Japan, 1979.
Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier at Roehampton
31 May 1949
Daily Herald contact sheet print by Jones titled 'Theatrical Garden Party at Roehampton', dated 31 May 1949. Image shows Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier at the Theatrical Garden Party in aid of The Actors' Orphanage.
Behind the scenes photograph from filming of 'A Matter of Life and Death'
Behind the scenes photograph from 'A Matter of Life and Death' (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1946). Pictured on steps: Kathleen Byron, Robert Coote, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring, David Niven, Kim Hunter.
Music hall poster for 5th Annual Tour B A Bamber's Great Dime Show
A music hall poster for '5th Annual Tour B A Bamber's Great Dime Show' including Grand Stereoptical Dissolving Views, Scenes in Many Lands, The Planetarium, Natural Scenery, The Ill-Fated Ship, The Highland Lover's Courtship for Marriage and Statuary, undated.
Time and motion study cartoon
Illustration of a hand using a stop watch. Drawn to illustrate time and motion studies.
CCTV cameras installed at Wormwood Scrubs Prison
12 December 1966
Press Association photograph titled 'TV at the Scrubs'. Caption on back reads: Television cameras are in position today (Monday) on the forbidding outer walls of Wormwood Scrubs, but authorities at the London prison hope there'll be no thrillers in which escaping prisoners play the leading role. The cameras, which can scan both sides of the perimeter wall, have been placed in position as a precaution against jailbreaks. Other precautions include arc lights, observation towers at vantage poinhts, and concrete posts at the outisde foot of the walls to prevend parking of vehicles which might be used in an escape bid.
Design for a Road Perch, L Spring Landau carriage
Pen and ink, watercolour and carriage oils on board (yellow, black), [design for a] Road Perch, L Spring Landau carriage (flap missing) / Barker & Co., London], [ca 1800], scale 3/4":1' (1:16)
Letter, W J Curtis to Stockton & Darlington Railway, 29 October 1839
Autograph letter from Mr W J Curtis to the Secretary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, 29 October 1839. The letter comments on the recent death of a "lad" killed by a locomotive on the railway and suggests that it adopts a braking system devised by Curtis.