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Large multichrome mottled bowl on a plinth, Bakelite plastic
Plastics and Modern Materials
Large multichrome mottled bowl on a plinth, Bakelite plastic, 'Elo ware' by Birkby's Limited, Liversedge, England, 1940-1949.
Photograph of model of the Kodak factory
A dye transfer print photograph of a model of the Kodak factory in Harrow, Middlesex, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1940. The model was on display at the Kodak museum.
King George VI and President Truman
A three-colour carbon print of King George VI (1895-1952) and President Truman (1884-1972) on board a ship, taken by an unknown photographer in 1945. The men are on the warship HMS 'Renown', moored in Plymouth Sound.
Working model Ferguson tractor, c. 1945
Working model Ferguson tractor, c. 1945 with single - furrow wheeled plough, and single - furrow mounted plough, Scale approx 1:10 complete with black wooden container.
Meccano differential analyser, 1947
Working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, by Prof. Douglas Rayner Hartree and Arthur Porter at University of Manchester, England, 1934, and reconstructed by Prof. Douglas Rayner Hartree at University of Cambridge, England, 1947
The 'Home' first aid case, England, 1939-1941
The "Home" first aid case, with contents, prepared by Boots Pure Drug Co. Ltd., Nottingham, 1939-1941
Hospital warning notice, England, 1948
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Framed notice by Bromley Group Hospital Committee, relating to Farnborough Hospital, Kent, concerning petty theft by staff, dated 20 October, 1948
USAAF Aircraft camera, type K20, 1940-1945
USAAF Aircraft camera, type K20 Serial No. AC-45-552, designed by Fairchild and manufactured by Folmer Graflex Corporation, Rochester, New York, United States, 1940-1945. With fitted case and instruction manual. Also known as the Fairchild K20
'ESO' chloroform apparatus, Oxford, England, 1945
"E.S.O." chloroform apparatus with steel case and khaki satchel, designed by Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics for parachute troops in World War Two, made by Longworth Scientific Instrument Co., 1945
Royal Liver Building
A Dufaycolor colour transparency of the entrance to the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1945.
Tube of 'Penicillin Snuff', Liverpool, England, 1942-1943
phial, labelled Penicillin Snuff, calcium salt in sterilised sulphathiazole, 5000 units, manufactured by Clay & Abraham Ltd.
A photograph of a driver in the cab of a steam locomotive, taken by Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 30 January, 1940. Driver Mr Bailey is photographed in the cab of a London Midland Scottish express train. This photograph is one of a series taken to illustrate a Dudley Barker feature story on workers in wartime.
A photograph of William, a South Wales miner, taken by Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 28 January, 1940. William is pictured in his home - still wearing a flat cap and overcoat - reading a newspaper in front of the fire. This photograph is one of a series taken to illustrate a Dudley Barker feature story on workers in wartime.
A photograph of the driver of a steam locomotive leaning out of his cab, taken by Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 30 January, 1940. Driver Mr Bailey stands in the cab of a London Midland Scottish express train.This photograph is one of a series taken to illustrate a Dudley Barker feature story on workers in wartime.
Collecting aluminium pots and pans to make aeroplanes
A photograph of men working on a huge mound of aluminium pots, pans and other domestic items, given by the public in response to an appeal by the Ministry for Aircraft Production in July 1940.
St Paul's Cathedral
A Dufaycolor colour transparency of St Paul's Cathedral in London, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1943.
Box and accessories for 'Bactil' research microscope
Mahogany case containing accessories for 'Bactil' research microscope, by W. Watson and Sons Ltd., 313 High Holborn, London, England, 1948.
Silver gelatin copy print made ca.1970s. Eileen Dunne, child injured during the Blitz,sits in a hospital bed with a bandage around her head. She is holding a doll. Photograph by Sir Cecil Beaton.
Register of restraint and seclusion, London, England, 1948
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Uncompleted mechanical restraint register
Making coins at the Royal Mint
A photograph of a worker at the Royal Mint checking new coins, taken by Saidman for the Daily Herald newspaper on 10 January, 1939.
London taxi driver
A photograph of J W Simmons, a London taxi driver, taken by George Roper for the Daily Herald newspaper on 8 January, 1940.
Women on stage
A photograph of women on stage in their underwear at the Comedy Theatre in London, taken by Saidman for the Daily Herald newspaper on 5 January, 1940.
A photograph of signalman Bob Webster, taken by George Roper for the Daily Herald newspaper on 19 December, 1939.
Theatre live television broadcast
A photograph of a theatre production being filmed by the BBC for a live television broadcast, taken by James Jarché for the Daily Herald in 1939. The photograph shows the camera being operated from the stage box.
Cap from an American Red Cross uniform, United States, 1939-1945
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
cap from American Red Cross uniform, blue serge, USA, 1939-1945
Surgical instrument set, United States, 1939-1945
Surgical instrument set for fractures and amputations in canvas roll, by Zimmer Manufacturing Co. and others, USA., 1939-1945
Sample of serotonin creatinine sulphate, United States, 1948
Serotonin creatinine sulphate I sample prepared by Maurice Rapport, 1947-1948
Suturing machine, United States, 1943
Singer U.S.A. suturing machine, boxed and in leatherette case with leaflet. Made in 1943.
American airborne radar detector, type RT34/APS-13
American airborne radar detector type RT34/ASP-13, 1939-45. The equipment used a directional aerial in the rear fin for both transmission and reception, the main lobe of transmission being such that there was half field strength at plus or minus 45 degrees vertically and 30 degrees horizontally. This cone of coverage was tilted slightly upwards, to provide warning of aircraft diving from steep angles. When an aircraft came within this cone of coverage, pulses sent out from the transmitter were received back in the receiver section of the equipment, and used to operate two warning devices, a red lamp and a bell, situated in the pilot's cockpit. The complete equipment consisted of a transmitter-receiver unit, control box, aerial assembly, associated cabling, and the two warning indicators. The only units which need be accessible during flight are the two warning devices and the control unit, the transmitter-receiver adjustments being pre-set before flight. Leading particulars were as follows :—Frequency: 415 Mc /s. Range: 200 to 800 yards (limited by gate) Power supply: 27 .5volts (25-284), 3.5amps. Receiver IF: 30 Mc /s. Transmitter prf: 300-450 p.p.s Pulse width: 0.4 microsecond Peak pulse power: 200 watts Aerial system: Comprises a folded dipole with one director and one reflector Altitude limits: 2,600 feet. to 50,000 feet approx. Angular coverage: -I- or — 45 degrees vertical + or 30 degrees horizontal (for half field strength)
Dynomotor unit type PE-73-C, 1939-45
Dynomotor unit type PE-73-C, serial number S-1869, complete with connecting cables to join with BC-375-E transmitter, made by General Electric Corp, 1939-45
A photograph of workers in the Swan Hunter shipyard on Tyneside, taken by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald newspaper on 8 January, 1940.
Factory worker laying out flags
A photograph of a woman drying flags in a factory, taken by Nixon for the Daily Herald newspaper on 6 April, 1945.
Designer with clothing dolls
A photograph of a French designer with a number of dolls dressed in the latest fashions, taken by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald newspaper on 11 September, 1945.
Sailor with a bunch of bananas
A photograph of a sailor with a bunch of bananas, taken by Smith for the Daily Herald newspaper on 12 December, 1945.
Civil Defense Protective Helmet
1916 Pattern shrapnel helmet, as issued to Civil Defence volunteers during WW2.
A photograph of a mill worker, taken by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald newspaper on 21 January, 1940. This mill worker, dressed in overalls, stands barefoot at a large loom. This photograph is one of a series taken to illustrate a Daily Herald feature story by Dudley Barker on workers in wartime.
Women sewing flags
A photograph of women sewing flags, taken by Greaves for the Daily Herald newspaper on 3 April, 1945. These women are at work in a South London factory.
Dog amongst men's legs
Colour transparency of a terrier sat at the feet of three men, taken by Photographic Advertising Limited, c. 1945. One man stands whilst to men are seated, all showing their patterned socks.
Specimen of Baird's 2-colour cathode ray tube for colour television (telechrome tube), 1944.
headset and tannoy microphone, 1942-1946
Headset and tannoy microphone for use with Wireless Set No. 19, unknown maker, British, 1942-1946
battery pack and vibrator pack for "S-phone" transceiver, 1942-1945
Battery pack and vibrator pack for "S-phone" type 13/Mk IV personal portable UHF transmitter/receiver, designed by Charles Bovill, unknown maker, British, 1942-1945
Wireless set no. 38 Mk. II serial no. 6319, 1939-1945
Wireless set no. 38 Mk. II serial no. 6319, unknown maker, British, 1939-1945
Connector for radio equipment, 1942-1946
Connector, 6 point, for use with Wireless Set No. 19, unknown maker, British, 1942-1946
Moulded acrylic and plastic bon-bon tray
Plastics and Modern Materials
Moulded bon-bon tray of acrylic, green square base with wavy edges, rounded corners and two roughly triangular indentations for bon-bons, perspex handle, arranged diagonally across, unsigned, European, 1940-1949
Surgical instrument set and canvas bag, Europe, 1941
Canvas bag containing Government approved surgical instrument pouches numbers 1-3, supplied by Ministry of Health Emergency Hospital Service, October 1941
Penicillin powder, England, 1942
Penicillin powder, 1942, used in early clinical trials
Baird Townsman television receiver
Baird Townsman console television receiver, serial number T2925, with instruction manual, 1949
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 (A) I.V., 0.245
Insecticide powder for delousing, United States, 1939-1945
Public Health & Hygiene
Tin of insecticide louse powder by Lucky Heart Laboratories Inc., Memphis, Tennessee, USA, war time issue