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Fire bucket made by British Small Arms Co. Ltd, Birmingham, 1961.
'Dominion' badminton racket
'Dominion' badminton racket by Lillywhite Frowd Ltd., c. 1950.
Three traditionally made shuttlecocks of cork and
Three traditionally made shuttlecocks of cork and goosefeathers. 1950 - 1960.
'Electric Eye' camera
'Electric Eye' camera model 850 with case and accessories made by Polaroid of Cambridge, Massachusetts in the USA in around 1963.
Model 255 valve radio receiver made by Ferranti Ltd, c. 1955.
Coil spring spectacles
Coil spring spectacles, gilt metal with plastic coating, probably National Health Service issue, English, 1948-1960
Insulin 8.25, Festival Pattern Group Rexine
Sample of 'REXINE' wallcovering, Insulin 8.25, nitrcellulose-coated fabric, stencil-printed. Nested hexagonal motif pattern surrounded by circles, designed from the basic structure of insulin, from Dorothy Hodgkin's crystallography, designer Charles C. Garnier, manufactured by ICI Leathercloth Division, Hyde, Cheshire, England, 1950-1951, 183 x 155 mm. Material used for the entrance to the 'Stop Press' section of the Science Exhibition at the Science Museum. Part of a collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain, based on X-ray crystallographic pattern.
Telephone Exchange Ringer Rack
Telephone exchange ringer rack made by British L. M. Ericsson, London, 1957.
Model 312 table telephone
Model 312 table telephone, made by Siemens Brothers & Co. Ltd, London, 1953 and installed for the Lord Mayor of Manchester, being the 250,000th telephone to be connected by the Post Office in the Manchester area.
Portable transistor radio
Portable transistor radio with car-aerial socket, made by Bush Radio Ltd, c.1959.
Dictating machine, made by Grundig, Federal Republic of Germany, c.1960.
RST Model D motorcycle
RST Model D motorcycle, made by DOT Motors Ltd, Hulme, Manchester, 1951.
8mm cine camera
Zoomatic Director Series 8-mm cine camera in leather case made by Bell and Howell Co. of Chicago, USA in around 1960.
LP original soundtrack recording `Lawrence of Arab
LP original soundtrack recording `Lawrence of Arabia', music composed and conducted by Maurice Jarre, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Colpix Records (Pye International), NPL 28023. First published 1963.
'Six-Five Special !"
LP 'Six-Five Special !' based on the successful BBC TV series. Parlophone (EMI) label PMC 1047. First issue 1957
Avro Vulcan model
1:20 scale Avro Vulcan B2 aircraft wind tunnel model made by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd, Manchester, c.1957
Modern chair. Beech and plywood 'Jason' chair by D
Modern chair. Beech and plywood 'Jason' chair by Danish architect Carl Jacobs for the London firm, Kandya Limited. c. 1953.
Bild Lilli doll. Made of all-rigid plastic with jo
Bild Lilli doll. Made of all-rigid plastic with jointd limbs, blond hair in ponytail with front curl, painted black earrings and heels, wearing a blue and white polka dot dress. 1955.
Box of 'Kudos' pure soap flakes, unopened, with co
Box of 'Kudos' pure soap flakes, unopened, with contents, by Boots Pure Drug Co. Ltd. c. 1950.
Hopper, lady's bicycle, 21 1/2" frame, 1948.
Hopper, lady's bicycle, 21 1/2" frame, 1948.
British Railways and London Transport pocket map,
British Railways and London Transport pocket map, 'Welcome to London' for the Festival of Britain, 1951. Printed in Great Britain by Greycaines, Watford, 1950.
lineman's pole-climbing iron
Telephone lineman's pole-climbing iron, c1950.
Bryant & May's book matches 'Over 100 Years of Goo
Bryant & May's book matches 'Over 100 Years of Good Matches', Bryant & May Ltd., London E3. c. 1960.
Model aircraft engine
Scale model of proposed Redrup 2000 horse power aeroengine, 1952.
Fuel Injection Section of Bristol Siddeley ' Thor ' Ramjet, 1958.
Rest spectacle frames, plastic "Novarama" type
Rest spectacle frames, plastic "Novarama" type, pink and white frames, English, 1950-1960
Thales manual barrel calculating machine, model DE
Thales manual barrel calculating machine, model DER, serial no. 160527 , capacity 12x10x18, made in Germany and sold in Britain under the name of Muldivo
Gibbon-Mayo pump oxygenator heart-lung machine
Gibbon-Mayo pump oxygenator (screen type) heart-lung machine, made for the Middlesex Hospital by Custom Engineering & Development Co, St Louis, MO, USA, in 1958; with replica oxygenator cover made by Science Museum Workshops, c.2000.
Picnic set, cased, by Sirram, comprising two therm
Picnic set, cased, by Sirram, comprising two thermos flasks, sandwich tin, storage jar, four cups, four saucers and four spoons. 1950s
Booklet. 'Family Guide to the National Insurance S
Booklet. 'Family Guide to the National Insurance Scheme', 1948. Some annotations, underlining. Prepared by the COI for the Ministry of National Insurance and published by His Majesty's Stationery Office.
Bottle of compound quinine liquid
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Bottle of compound quinine liquid, by Fletcher, Fletcher and Co. Ltd., Holloway, London, N7, England, 1948-1958.
De Havilland Comet 4B Airliner
De Havilland Comet 4B airliner, G-APYD, serial no. 6438, built at Hatfield 1960
British Rail Mark II model, sectioned
Model railway carriage section, British Rail, approx 1/12 scale, BR MK II sleeping car, probably BR apprentice built, c.1963.
Model locomotive, Electra
Model electric locomotive, British Railways, 'Electra', Class EM2, No. 27000, 1958.
"Agfalux" Flash Gun
"Agfalux" Type 6076 electronic pocket flash gun made by Agfa.
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.
Passengers inside double decker train at Charing Cross, London
A photograph of passengers inside a double-decker train at Charing Cross station, London, taken in November 1949 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Early child’s car safety seat, Europe, 1958-1963
Public Health & Hygiene
Early child’s car seat, intended as a restraint rather than a safety device, unknown maker, European, c.1958-1963
Brunsviga model 18 RK calculating machine
Brunsviga model 18 RK calculating machine, by Brunsviga Maschinenwerke AG, Braunschweig, Germany. (Originally supplied through Block & Anderson Limited, London).
Vitamin B12 crystal structure model, 1957-1959.
Two models showing crystal structures of:- (1) Vitamin B12 wet crystals; (2) Vitamin B12 hexacarbocylic acid fragment, unsigned, England, 1957-1959
16-ton mineral wagon
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway wagon, British Railways, 16T mineral wagon, No B227009, 1955.
Both-type iron lung
Both-type iron lung c.1950 presented by Viscount Nuffield to the Memorial Hospital Darlington (see also part records)
Pye V4 12 " television receiver
Pye V4 12 " monochrome television receiver, tabletop model, single channel, Serial Number 985035, known as 'washboard' set.
Model railway wagon, 1/24 scale, BR 10-ton `Carflat'
Model railway wagon, 1/24 scale, BR 10-ton `Carflat', c.1960, model contemporary
Model guard, North Staffordshire Railway
Model figure, male, approx 1/4 scale, North Staffordshire Railway Guard c.1910-1913, by Helen McKie, London, c.1957.
Stockton & Darlington Railway Guard
Model figure, male, approx 1/4 scale, Stockton & Darlington Railway Guard, c.1860, by Helen McKie, London, c.1957.