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Polythene pill box
Plastics and Modern Materials
Pill box made from the first pound of polyethylene by Imperial Chemical Industries Research Department, Wallerscote, Northwich, Cheshire, England, 1936. Presented to Mr Frank Bebbington, one of the research team.
Dipole Unit associated with the H2S Mk.IIC installation unit
Dipole Unit associated with H2S Mk.IIc airborne ground-scanning radar installation (c.1943), unmarked. Type 13 + DIR (Lucero)
Kenwood 'Chef' food mixer and
Accessory for Kenwood 'Chef' food c.1957, dough hook.
A photograph of a man carrying a model aeroplane, taken in September 1935 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald. The photograph shows Mr D Russell, an exhibitor at the Model Engineers Exhibition held in London's Horticultural Hall, with his model monoplane 'Ladybird'.
Woman wearing a fur coat
A photograph of a woman wearing a snow leopard fur hat and coat ensemble, taken by Malindine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 7 September, 1938.
Earthenware drug jar, Middle East, before 1932
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Earthenware drug jar, glazed, Islamic
Medical examination before boxing match
A photograph of a competitor being examined by the doctor before the police boxing championships held at Harringay, London, taken in February 1938 by George W Roper for the Daily Herald.
Tipsters at Epsom
A photograph of two exotically-dressed men reading out horse racing tips at Epsom racecourse, Surrey, taken by Malindine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 5 June, 1935.
Baker at work
A photograph of a baker, taken by George Roper for the Daily Herald newspaper on 15 January, 1940. Harry Smith, rolling pin at the ready, is pictured at work - possibly in a 'one-up-one-down' worker's house. A mixing bowl and a cooked loaf of bread rest on the table before him. This photograph is one of a series taken to illustrate a Dudley Barker feature story on workers in wartime.
McVitie Weston valve collection, Mazda valve, type Pen 220
Mazda valve, type Pen 220, envelope marked TEST REJECT GTX, pinch marked AF/A/267, (RMW/Y267 - McVitie Weston number), by British Thomson-Houston Company Limited, 1931.
McVitie Weston valve collection, BSA Standard valve, type P425
BSA Standard valve, type P425, top electrode brace marked 956A, (RMW/D87 - McVitie Weston number), by BSA Radio Limited, 1926.
Night sky camera by Casella, London, MO 1/39, date
Night sky camera by Casella, London, MO 1/39, date 1939.
Oscillator, R.C., type D-330-B no. 163004, by Muir
Oscillator, R.C., type D-330-B no. 163004, by Muirhead and Co. Ltd., January 1949, patents 489849 and 497148
McVitie Weston valve collection, Raytheon valve, type 79
Raytheon valve, type 79, red, white and blue label printed -4-pillar radio tube, 94, glass envelope cracked, (RMW/Y137 - McVitie Weston number), by Raytheon Manufacturing Company, c. 1934.
Clock, 7 day, by English Electric, serial No. 4207
Clock, 7 day, by English Electric, serial No. 42077.
"Limpet" vaccination pads
Public Health & Hygiene
Five children's "Limpet" vaccination pads in packets and wrapped in paper and string, made by SB Ltd. of London, English, 1930-1950
Mullard Transmitting Valve
Large transmitting valve made by Mullard in wooden crate. Glass - or possibly silica - valve with plaited copper wire at both top and bottom. The top of the valve is marked TYS5 3000 395. Material include copper, tungsten and nickel, see note below, and possibly lead.
Bronze medal commemorating George Stephenson
Liverpool & Manchester Railway
Bronze medal commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of George Stephenson, 1931.
Monkey Brand Soap
Public Health & Hygiene
Two bars of Monkey Brand soap. Soap contained in red paper packaging, with a small illustration of a monkey looking in a handheld mirror.
RCA Sound Camera
RCA Sound cinecamera. Cinecamera for 16mm film, 100 foot reels. Wollensak Velostigmat lens f/3.5-16, in three-lens turret, screw mount. Clockwork motor drive, 16-24 feet per second. Single sprocket and claw mechanism. Sound recording head, 4 volt 0.75 amp lamp lit from three dry cells. Level adjusting screw. Critical focusing device (under red rubber cap). Direct vision optical finder with frames for three lenses. Paralax compensated rear lens. Footage indicator working on feed spool. Light from lamp falls on recording slit via mirror fitted on 'microphone' diaphragm. Serial No 1341. RCA Victor Co Inc, Camden, NJ.
Glass ampoule of penicillin powder, United States, 1942-1943
Ampoule of penicillin, by Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, 5000 Florey Units
Minox camera. Subminiature camera for 9.5mm film in cassettes. Fixed aperture lens, guillotine shutter 2/5/10/20/50/100/200/500/1000/B-T. Focusing to 0.2 metres. Rotary frame counter. Orange and green filters. Direct vision optical brightline finder. No 54 787. In leather slip case, with chain calibrated for close-up photographs.
Bartholomew's Railway Map of the British Isles
Railway Maps & Plans
Bartholomew's Railway Map of the British Isles, c. 1939.
Rock salt prism used in pioneering work on the infra-red spectrum, 1920-1940
Rock salt prism used by Sutherland and Sheppard in infra-red research
Twin lens reflex camera for 117 rollfilm 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch. Taking lens is a Zeiss Tessar F:7.5cm f/4.5-32 No 1099367.Viewing lens, Heidoscope anastigmat F:7.5cm f/3.1 No53244. Compur shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/300/B/T. Rack and pinion focusing, to 3 feet. Full sized ground glass focusing screen with spirit level, magnifier in hood. Mirror in hood for eye level use. No 53720 with lens cap. Franke and Heidecke.
Locomotive' electric washing machine and mangle, 1929.
Locomotive washing machine and mangle, by Brantford Washing Machine Co. Ontario, 1929
Boxer Sandy Manuel as Father Christmas
A photograph from the Daily Herald Archive showing Nigerian boxer Sandy Manuel as Father Christmas with a small child holding a doll, 4 December 1958.
Component associated with the ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer, by Unicam
Component associated with the ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer, by Unicam Instruments, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, 1949
Portable electrocardiograph, Cambridge, England, 1946
Portable electrocardiograph in leather carrying case by the Cambridge Instrument Co., Cambridge, England, 1946
No 2 Portrait Brownie Model F camera
Box camera for 120 rollfilm 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches. Fitted with a meniscus lens, sliding plate with three apertures, rotary shutter T/I, portrait lens on spring loaded lever with two brilliant reflecting finder. In brown leatherette. 1929-1935.
No 2 Portrait Brownie camera
Box camera for 120 rollfilm 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches. Fitted with a meniscus lens, sliding plate with three apertures, rotary shutter T/I, portrait lens on spring loaded lever with two brilliant reflecting finder. In blue leatherette. 1929-1935.
apsley station seat
Station seat from the waiting room at Apsley station on the London, MIdland & Scottish Railway, about 1938. The seat is painted in British Rail's 1980s Network SouthEast livery, white with two oblique stripes, one red and one blue.
London Midland & Scottish Railways, Karrier "Cob" mechanical horse 1929
Road Vehicles (Railway)
Mechanical horse, Karrier "Cob", London Midland & Scottish Railways, built 1929, Reg No UR 9869. Overall measurements: 1290 mm x 3660. mm.
Wind tunnel model of the Scimitar aircraft.
Wind tunnel model of the Scimitar aircraft. Made in the Royal Aircraft Establishment workshops.
Dashboard of a BMW car
A photograph of the interior of a BMW car at the Berlin Automobile Exhibition, taken by Zoltan Glass in 1936.
The Late Hon Marchese Marconi
A Vivex colour photograph entitled 'The Late Hon. Marchese Marconi', taken by Dr Douglas A Spencer in 1934.
Hanns Geier during a pit stop
A photograph showing Hanns Geier's (1902-1986) Mercedes-Benz W25 GP racing car on a pit stop, taken at the Nürburgring by Zoltan Glass in 1934.
Picnic on Stanmore Common
A Colorsnap colour photograph of members of the newly-formed Kodak Research Laboratory enjoying a picnic on Stanmore Common, Greater London, taken by R E Owen on 20 May, 1929.
Sir Malcolm Campbell's Sunbeam Tiger racing car lorry
A photograph of the truck which transported Sir Malcolm Campbell's Sunbeam Tiger, taken by Zoltan Glass in Berlin in 1933. The sign on the lorry reads 'En route London to Berlin for the AVUS race via Harwich. Zeebrugge. Brussels. Cologne'. The driver of lorry, owned by Commercial Roadways Limited, London, sits in the cab.
Hans J von Morgen with a Bugatti Type 35 racing car
A photograph of Hans Joachim von Morgen with a Bugatti Type 35 racing car, taken by Zoltan Glass in 1931. The photograph was taken at the Nurburgring race track in Germany. .
Girl eating breakfast
A Vivex colour photograph of a young girl eating her breakfast, taken by Dr Douglas A Spencer in 1939.
Certalmid hand with a moveable thumb
Certalmid hand with a moveable two-way (sliding) thumb which is tipped with leather. All the fingers are rigid in a moderately flexed position. Made by Blatchford c. 1930.
Anscoflex II camera
Anscoflex II camera. Ansco Binghampton USA. Twin lens refelx style box camera for 620 roll film, 2 ¼ x 2 ¼". Large brilliant finder. Close-up lens and filter. With Ansco flashgun for capped flasbulbs; screw and pin fitting. ERC. The camera has a close-up lens, built-in yellow filter and is fitted with an Ansco flashgun.
Imperial Typewriter Model 50, 1940
Printing & Writing
Imperial Standard Model 50 typewriter, 1940 (serial no. Z164476). Serial number Z164476 can be dated to 1940.
Surveyor's level, German, 1926-1929
Surveying Level Model No. IV, Serial No.No. 17328, by Carl Zeiss Jena, Germany (supplied by Carl Zeiss (London) Ltd.), 1926-1929.
Hand Burring Device
Printing & Writing
Matrix pendulum de-burring machine, Plant No.2084, made by The Monotype Corporation Ltd., Salford, Redhill, Surrey, 1955. Equipped for the automatic feed of matrices from input to output galleys, part of the production system for 0.2 x 0.2-inch Monotype matrices, for the hand-finishing the character face and for the counter-sinking of the cone. Mounted on bench with machines Nos. 1134 and 2958.
Neon sign reading 'neon', together with operating equipment, 1930s.
Panel containing H.V. neon sign reading "neon", together with operating gear
Punch Side-wall Grinder
Printing & Writing
Matrix punch side-wall grinding machine, Plant No.1887, made by The Monotype Corporation Ltd., Salford, Redhill, Surrey, England, 1953. Part of the equipment used in the production system for Monotype matrices.
0.4" Stamping Machine
Printing & Writing
Bliss type matrix OB punch and stamp press, Plant No.1168, made by the Lanston Monotype Corporation, Salford, Redhill, Surrey, England, 1930. Part of the equipment used in the production system for Monotype matrices.