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Prototype Terylene Nightdress
Prototype Terylene nightdress, made by ICI, Manchester, 1948-1950.
Model, scale 1:12, of stationary steam boiler, c.1948
Scale 1:12 model of Paxman Economic boiler, as built by Davey, Paxman & Co. Ltd, Colchester, England, c.1910. Model built by John B. Thorp of London, and mounted in display case.
Imperial 66 typewriter, 1960-1961
Printing & Writing
Imperial 66 typewriter serial no. 6F33013, 1960-1961. The spools on the sides are for typing onto a tape. Serial number 6F33013 dates this typewriter to 1960-1961.
Kodak Brownie 8 movie camera model f/2.7
Cinecamera for double run 8mm film; f/2.7 lens; clockwork motor; DV optical finder; No. 22696. Manufactured from both Eastman Kodak and Kodak Ltd parts.
Nikon M camera
Nikon M 35mm single lens reflex camera. Coupled rangefinder camera for 35mm film 24x36mm - number M6092559. Nikor-S C lens, F:5cm f/1.4-16, Serial No 50051096; fabric focal plane shutter, horizontal travel, 1/2/4/8/20/30/40/60/100/200/500/B/T. Coupled coincidence type rangefinder combined with direct vision viewfinder. Lenses interchangeable, three point bayonet fitting. Exposure counter in wind knob; accessory shoe. Two pin sockets for flash - F and S settings. Lens cap. In everready case, with screw in lens hood and filter holder with yellow filter, in Rollei case. Overall: 77 mm x 140 mm x 70 mm.
Oil jar, Egypt, 1580-1350BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Earthenware oil jar, Egyptian, probably New Kingdom, 1580-1350BC
Dux Kino Model 44 toy projector
Dux Kino projector, Model 44. Projector for 35mm film strip carrying two horizontal rows of cartoon pictures with alternate phases of motion. Projected alternately by oscillating shutter operated behind two projection lenses. Serial No 568 on base, trade mark in gold on top of projector body. With a paired condenser lens, two 3.5v bulbs powered by 4 1/2 volt battery. Clockwork drive. Dux-Fabrik Markes and Co, about 1957. With one film strip, Mickey and Pluto (1990-5036/2659/1).
Transverse Axial Tomographic Unit, Italy, 1957
Transverse Axial Tomographic Unit by Zuder of Turin, 1957
Pye Mark III television camera head
Pye Mark III television camera head, c 1952. Image orthicon camera type 2028, used by Associated TeleVision (ATV). Moulded cream plastic letters 'ATV' attached to side of camera.
British Rail firing shovel
Tools of the Trade & Personal Accessories
Fireman's shovel, British Rail, 'Bulldog', by English Tools Ltd., 1963.
Gramophone record turntable transcription unit, 1956
Model 4T200 gramophone record turntable transcription unit, by Collaro Limited, England, 1956. Used for Hi Fi apparatus.
'Jason' nuclear reactor control panel, from Royal Naval College
Control panel for the Jason nuclear reactor installed in Royal Naval College, Greenwich, made by Elliott-Automation Limited, Borehamwood, England, 1961-1962. The control panel was used to train nuclear submarine officers. Jason was an Argonaut type reactor of 10kW maximum power enriched-uranium fuel, water moderated and cooled, graphite reflected system and was second hand when installed at RNC in 1962. The control desk was last used in July 1995 when the reactor was shut down for the last time. It was powered by 3-Phase at 415 volts.
Electricity and Magnetism
'Grassot' fluxmeter, pivoted coil type, made by Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company Limited, England, 1948. Scale range 60-0-60, 1 division = 5,000 Maxwell turns, Serial No. C489731.
Semflex Twin-Lens Camera
Twin-lens reflex camera by Semflex. Includes leather case and additional lens or filter (without glass).
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, British Railways (North Eastern Region), Yorkshire Dales by Frank Sherwin, 1952. Coloured lithograph depicting the scene looking across a river valley to a church and a small village, with hills beyond. Accompanying text reads "A land of narrow valleys and attractive villages, of heather-covered hills and moors, of ancient abbeys and castles, the principal dales are readily accessible by rail and form a holiday paradise for walkers, anglers and all who prefer the quieter place. Train services and fares from British Railways stations, offices and agencies". Format double royal. Printed by Chorley & Pickersgill.
British Railways Locomotives
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, British Railways, British Railways Locomotives by A N Wolstenholme, about 1956. Coloured lithograph depicting the view looking down on 21 different types of British Railways locomotive lined up on tracks outside a motive power depot. They include the standard class steam locomotives, two electric locomotives, the Fell diesel and gas turbine locomotives, and the 0-6-0 diesel shunter later known as the Class 08. Each class is identified by a number, with the legend below. Text beneath reads "15" x 20" copies of this poster can be obtained price 5/- (including Purchase Tax) from the Publicity Officer, British Transport Commission 222 Marylebone Road, London, N.W.1." Format quad royal. Text in bottom margin reads "Published by the British Transport Commission. Printed in Great Britain by J Weiner. Ltd., London, W.3."
Leaflet relating to flies and health, London, England, 1958
Public Health & Hygiene
Fold out paper leaflet entitled 'Kill Flies', containing information about flies, their perceived threats to health and the need to kill them with insecticides, produced by the Central Council for Health Education, London, England, 1958.
Duke of Sutherland's train at Golspie during her last journey
A photograph of the Duke of Sutherland's train at Golspie, Scotland, during her last journey, taken in March 1950 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Model of Lima Excavator type 1201.
Mining & Ore Dressing
Model of Lima Excavator type 1201.
Ferrograph tape recorder, c 1960.
Unit from Ferrograph tape recorder model 4A/N, c. 1960.
Philips 19TG 142 A television receiver
Philips television receiver, 19" table model, 19TG 142A, serial no.BA23836, 1961110 degree deflection, Band I/III table top television fitted with vision AGC (automatic gain control) and sound AVC (automatic volume control).
Kolff artificial kidney, Netherlands, 1955-1956
Prototype twin coil dialyser in an apricot tin with lid, by Willem Johann Kolff, Netherlands, 1955-1956
Badge for a State Certified Midwife
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Metal pendent badge with blue silk cord for an S.C.M. (State Certified Midwife), presented to B.J.M. Glencross in 1947, badge made by Thomas Fattorini, Birmingham, 1947
Heart-lung machine from Royal Postgraduate Hospital Hammersmith c.1958, by New Electronic Products Ltd., English. Designed by D.G Melrose and used in the first open heart operations at that hospital. The blood flows over the rotating discs whilst a current of oxygen is blown across it.
Philips battery powered portable tape recorder EL3302, 1956-1963
Philips battery powered portable tape recorder model EL3302, 1956-63. The EL-3302 (EL3302) was a mono compact cassette recorder made by the Philips Company in 1967. Manufactured to a mass volume and produced in many countries, the majority of the earlier units came from Austria. This was a player and recorder, with built in erase bias for a separate erase head providing high quality audio reproduction from compact cassettes. It has a full range of tape control features including fast-forward, rewind, and play. The pause function was a switch on the microphone, which simply cut the power to the motor. The DIN sockets provide audio input / output facility, external microphone connection, and mains adapter facility. The internal speaker was very small and the manufactures thoughtfully provided a 2-pin socket to connect a better external 8 Ω speaker. The unit is only 20 cm × 11.5 cm × 5.5 cm in size and packed with electronic and mechanical engineering. Removing the plastic shell reveals a metal die-cast chassis. The tape transport mechanism, and control linkages are metal and reliable. All the pulleys, and drive wheels, including the capstan flywheel are metal. The internal circuitry, built on a copper clad printed circuit board, has a rich assortment of components. The component density is high, which is why the resistors are in an upright position. The circuit uses ten metal-tube germanium transistors, which are AC12x series. There are two transistors in a "Class A" arrangement form the audio power output circuit, whilst five transistors form the record / playback circuitry. The unit also houses a small separate PCB consisting of a two-transistor circuit, which forms the voltage and speed regulator circuit of the capstan motor. The earlier models of this tape recorder did not have the speed regulator, and this appears as a later addition. Five "C" sized dry cells, or an external 7.5 V adapter powers the unit.
National Panasonic Super Sensitive 10 Transistor R-307, by Panasonic, Japan, c.1963
National Panasonic Super Sensitive 10 Transistor R-307, by Panasonic, Japan, c.1963 This is a rare short-wave radio receiver with a leather case, made by Panasonic in Japan in the early 1960s. Made and sold in the Far East, this three-band radio was one of the earliest such short-wave receiver to bring affordable long-distance listening to the public in an easily portable form. Developed for the Far Eastern market where radio broadcasting and listening were often strictly controlled and hence demand for long-distance reception was high, there were no comparable devices available in Britain in the early 1960s.
Perdio Portorama portable television receiver
Perdio 'Portorama' portable television receiver, 1962.
Clothes dryer, model C100, made by Cotto (Scunthorpe) Ltd, c.1955.
Grundig 3040M Radio with 49m Europa Band, LW/MW/FM
Grundig 3040M Radio with 49m Europa Band, LW/MW/FM German, c. 1962/63
Aneurin Bevan Visits the First NHS Patient
05 July 1948
Daily Herald photograph by White showing Aneurin Bevan visiting Silvia Beckenham, the first National Health Service (NHS) patient. With him is Matron Mary Nolan at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, Manchester.
Cambridge portable potentiometer, workshop pattern
Electricity and Magnetism
Cambridge portable potentiometer, workshop pattern, type 44226 serial no.L336165, made by the Cambridge Instrument Co Ltd in 1957
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Medal commemorating the launch of USS Nautilus, January 21, 1954 with box. Bronze; diameter 39mm. rim legend: Medallic Art Co. New York. obverse legend: U.S.S. Nautilus / World's First Nuclear Powered Vessel. obverse design: relief submarine over atomic symbol. reverse legend: Electric Boat Division / General Dynamics Corporation. Launched January 21, 1954 sponsored by Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower. relief design: motifs of submarine above pin, GD logo below pin
J H Naylor Ltd Spiralarm miner
J H Naylor Ltd Spiralarm miners safety lamp and methane detector, c. 1960
'Sitesquare' optical square, British, 1959
'Sitesquare' optical square for laying out right angles, by Hilger & Watts Ltd, Debden, London, Essex, England,1959
can opener by Rudman Darlington & Co. Ltd., Wednesfield, England, 1950-55.
Wall mounted can opener by Rudman Darlington & Co. Ltd., Wednesfield, England, 1950-55.
EMI midget tape recorder, c.1950
EMI midget tape recorder, c. 1950. Serial no. 1253.
Analytical balance, single-pan, made by Sartorius-
Analytical balance, single-pan, made by Sartorius-Werke Göttingen, model Selecta Rapid serial no. 95175, capacity 200gms, made 1957, circular cream glazed metal and plastic case with black glass base.
Gastric suction tube, United Kingdom, 1950-1960
Intestinal suction tube, rubber, British (?), 1950-1960
Model of Mass Radiography Unit, England, 1948-1955
Wooden model of Mass Radiography Unit x-ray apparatus, scale approx 1:12, with 7 figures, English, 1948-1955
Patchwork quilt made from S&J Watts fabric samples
Patchwork quilt, made from S&J Watts fabric samples, Manchester, around 1950.
Avro Vulcan B C.G. Computer Mk 2
Cased slide rule calculator for working out changes in the centre of gravity to regulate fuel flow from the tanks of an Avro Vulcan B2 bomber.
Hematest reagent tablets
Hematest reagent tablets test for blood in faeces, part of clinitest urine testing kit by Ames, Nuffield House, Piccadilly, London, W1, England, 1957-1963.
Nizo 8 AK 8mm cine camera
Nizo 8 AK cine camera. Cine camera for 8mm film, single run in charger. Steinhall Cassar lens F:1.25cm f/2.5-16; interchangeable screw mount (see 1990-5036/4448). Clockwork drive; button for lock, run, continuous run. Direct vision optical finder and seperate eyelevel reflecting finder. Moveable mask for telephoto lens covers both. Large rotary counter. No 60614.
Deep-Sea Reversing Mercury Thermometer, 1950-1955
Pressure-protected deep-sea reversing thermometer by Negretti & Zambra, London, 1950-55. Tested by the National Physical Laboratory, 1955-66.
BBC radio microphone type XFM/4, 1955
BBC radio microphone type XFM/4, 1955, in wooden transit case. Serial No. 157.
Detectives and police from Scotland Yard search the back garden of 10 Rillington Place
A photograph of police and detectives from Scotland Yard searching the back garden of 10 Rillington Place, taken in March 1953 by William Jones for the Daily Herald.
Victor Bulkhead Roadway electric lamp
Electric lamp, Victor Bulkhead Roadway, coal mining.
EM2 Electric Locomotive
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
BR Class 77 EM2 electric locomotive no. 27001, named 'Ariadne', made by London & North Eastern Railway Works, Manchester, 1954, with associated archive material.
Achievement Then and Now. Original Lilienthal Glider and de Havilland Comet
`Achievement then and now. Original Lilienthal Glider and de Havilland Comet' / by Abram Games (1914-1996). One of a set of six printed in full colour after paintings commissioned by the British Aluminium Company in 1952 and reproduced as advertisements in 1952/53. Subjects contrast early aeroplanes with designs of 1952. Mounted 47x36cm, image 24x21cm.
35mm camera for 24 x 36mm pictures. Coated Lumar X lens. F:50mm f/3.5-16. Front cell focusing. Fabric focal plane shutter 30/60/125/250/500/1000/B. Preiscopic reflex focusing aid. Small mirror on spring loaded column can be pushed into lens path for critical focusing. Push on adaptor with mirror for eyelevel use, parked, on rewind knob when not required. Optical direct vision finder fitted in accessory shoe. Coaxial flash socket. Interlocked shutter release. Corfield Ltd. c.1954. Overall: 84 mm x 140 mm x 78 mm.