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Special Isle of Mann TT 125cc Motorcycle
Special Isle of Mann TT 125cc motorcycle, made by John Anelay, Blackburn, 1952.
1909 Roe I Triplane
Replica of the 1909 Roe I Triplane, made by A.V. Roe Ltd apprentices, Chadderton, c.1952.
Automaton 'Dan Dare' pocket watch.
Automaton 'Dan Dare' pocket watch with pin-pallet lever escapement by Ingersoll Ltd., Great Britain, 1953. The dial shows a helmeted Dan Dare holding a ray gun, with a monster approaching. The emblem of the 'Eagle' children's comic is impressed in the back of case.
Working scale model of the 1827 Goldsworthy Gurney steam coach
Working scale 1/8":1ft model of the 1827 Goldsworthy Gurney steam coach, by S.T. Harris, British and finished and painted by Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1958. S.T. Harris constructed the model from the original Patent drawings.
Watson Bactil binocular microscope
Scientific Instruments & Research
Watson Bactil binocular microscope, c.1950, used by Dr Kathleen Drew-Baker for her research on nori seaweed.
Oertling Release-o matic, model 128, balance, capa
Oertling Release-o matic, model 128, balance, capacity 200gms Serial No. 43065, made 1955. It has glazed mahogany case with black glass base, the beam and pillar are brass and it has cylindrical dampers.
Scientific Instruments & Research
pH meter, made by A. M. Lock & Co. Ltd; accompanied by leather case.
Aircraft radio Trans-receiver Type TR 1934 10d/21
Aircraft radio Trans-receiver Type TR 1934 10d/21544. Serial No. 19848/PL Type No. 13046.
Festival of Britain glass samples
Card box containing glass sample made by George Farmiloe & Sons Ltd., London, and fabric sample made by Barlow & Sons Ltd., Manchester, 1951. The design on each item reflects x-ray diffraction patterns and was produced by the Festival Pattern Group: designers associated with the Festival of Britain. Patterns were inspired by the work of Kathleen Lonsdale.
4-draw "Target" telescope, with coated lenses and
4-draw "Target" telescope, with coated lenses and pancratic eyepiece, engraved "Dollond London", and fitted with leather covered body and lens caps. [o.g. 2 1/8 inches diameter]
Leak "point one" sound pre-amplifier, 1956
Leak "point one" sound pre-amplifier, by H. J. Leak & Co. Limited, London, England, 1956. Used for Hi Fi apparatus.
Hercules 264 Radial Engine
Hercules 264 Radial engine made by Bristol Aircraft Co. Ltd, Bristol, 1953
Festival Pattern Group Fabric, 1951
Sample of jacquard-woven warp tapestry, made from wool, cotton and continuous filament rayon, afwillite 8.44 pattern furnishing fabric, lime green colourway, crystallography by Helen Megaw. Issued as 'Surrey' pattern, designed by Marianne Straub, manufactured by Warner & Sons, Braintree, Essex, England. Part of a collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain, based on X-ray crystallographic pattern. Width 127 cm in four colorways.
View over Durham from the cab of Dominion of Canada, 1957
Photographic Collections (Railway)
Print, black & white photograph, paper, View over Durham from the cab of Dominion of Canada, 1957, by Arthur Wolstenholme. Evocative shot of Durham Cathedral taken from the cab of the A4 Pacific Dominion of Canada. In the foreground are Locomotive Inspector W. Connell and the driver Harry Willers (spelt Willerd when the image was published in 'Profile of the A4s').
EMI Electronics contamination monitor
Contamination monitor made by EMI Electronics Ltd, Hayes, c.1950
Press view of the Festival of Britain Telecinema
30 April 1951
Keystone Press agency photograph titled 'Press view of the Festival of Britain Telecinema'. Caption on back reads: A press view was held at the South Bank Festival of Britain site this morning of the Telecinema - the first theatre in the world in which big screen television, 3-dimensional pictures and tereophonic sound took its place on par with the cinema...Photo shows - Spectators wearing the special stereoscopic spectacles - as they witness a showing of the Telecinema this morning.
Compound monocular microscope by W. Watson and Son
Compound monocular microscope by W. Watson and Son Ltd., serial No.103088 dated 1952, in case
'Jiggs' the orangutan enjoys a frog-march
'Jiggs' the orangutan enjoys a frog-march. Photo shows: A favourite visitor from the London Zoo to the Children's Corner at Battersea Park Pleasure Gardens, is 'Jiggs' the orangutan who enjoys nothing more than romping with the kiddies. Here he is seen in a lazy mood being carried by two keepers assisted by Victor Moss (8) on right of Ashtead, Surrey, and David Grange (8) of Ilford Essex. 9 August 1951.
The Cinque Port of Sandwich, Kent
Pictorial Collection (Railway)
British Railways Southern Region carriage print, The Cinque Port of Sandwich, Kent, by Jack Merriott. Depicts the view over the River Stour at Sandwich towards the Barbican and bridge, with a sailing boat on the river.
Track laying by night
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, British Railways, 'Track Laying by Night', by Terence Cuneo, 1950. Coloured lithograph depicting a permanent way gang working with a track laying train, hauled by a steam locomotive, laying new rails and sleepers at Wandsworth Common station. The British Railways totem logo is at bottom left and right. Format quad royal, 40 x 50 ins, 1016 x 1270 mm.
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."
Surface water sampler with thermometer, by Friedri
Surface water sampler with thermometer, by Friedrichs & Co, Hamburg-Schnelsen. Numbered 4649, circa 1954. NIO number S85
Wind tunnel model of the Scimitar aircraft.
Wind tunnel model of the Scimitar aircraft. Made in the Royal Aircraft Establishment workshops.
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.
Torsion balance to weigh up to 100 mg made by Whit
Torsion balance to weigh up to 100 mg made by White Electical Instrument Co, supplied by Baird & Tatlock, mid 20th century.
Baird tape recorder Mark II
Baird tape recorder Mark II by Scophony-Baird Ltd., 1952.
NCB Mines rescue service medal
NCB Mines rescue service medal, 5 year service, 1955. Awarded to J. Farley Boothstown.
A pair of articulated lower limb prostheses for a child
A pair of articulated lower limb prostheses supplied to a boy when he was 10 years old. He was born with complete absence of both lower limbs. Certalmid sockets (joined back and front) by straps and buckles. Wooden thighs and legs, felt feet, rigid ankles. Hip locks and rod operated knee locks on both sides. Elastic pick-ups. Made by Hanger in 1957.
Sievert blow lamp, 1/2 pint, 0.33 litres paraffin
Sievert blow lamp, 1/2 pint, 0.33 litres paraffin tank, type 538. Made by Max Sievert, Stockholm, Sweden. c. 1950
Point Tool Cutter Grinding Machine
Printing & Writing
Point tool cutter, grinding machine, Plant No.1934, made by The Monotype Corporation Ltd., Salford, Redhill, Surrey, England, 1954. Part of the equipment used in the production system for Monotype matrices.
Print advertisement for Kodak cameras and film
Print advertisment for Kodak cameras and film with the headline 'No snapshot chance knocks twice', showing a man photographing a woman, girl and boy standing next to a snowman, 1953.
35mm camera for 50 exposures 32 x 24mm. Wray unilite lens F:50mm f/2-22. Serial No 110095. With fabric focal plate shutter 2/5/10/25/50/100/250/500/1000/B. Automatic exposure counter, shutter cocked and film wound on by recess key in base. Reflex viewing via mirror giving laterally reversed image. Small magnifier in centre of ground glass screen. S-1906. Wray, 1951.
"Eddystone" 680/2A communications receiver, Birmingham, 1955
"Eddystone" 680/2A communications receiver; Stratton and Co, Birmingham, 1955
Theratron model B radiotherapy machine
Theratron model B cobalt 60 moving beam radiotherapy machine, the first of its type to be installed in Europe, from Mount Vernon Hospital, made by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (A.E.C.L.), P.O. Box 6300, Ottawa, Canada, K2A 3W3, 1953 (see note).
Tape recorder deck used on Antarctic Expedition of 1956
Tape Recorder Deck used on Antarctic Expedition of 1956
'Fialka' Cipher machine (10 rotor) with Cyrillic (Russian) characters
Cipher machine 'Fialka', with 10 rotors marked with Cyrillic (Russian) characters, and with spare set of rotors in metal drum, c. 1958 or later.
Machine for solving cubic equations
Prototype model of a machine invented by Professor F. Soddy for solving cubic equations, Mark III.
Star finder and identifier: 10 transparent templat
Star finder and identifier: 10 transparent templates plus opaque base in vinyl container ( instructions missing) published 1958 by U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office
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.
Nuclear emulsion photograph
Nuclear emulsion photograph showing a nuclear disintegration produced by a proton from the Birmingham proton synchrotron
Test tubes used at the Common Cold Research Unit, England, c. 1956
Public Health & Hygiene
Rack of test tubes, unsigned, Europe, 1956. Used in tissue culture at the Common Cold Research Unit, Harvard Hospital, Harnham Down, Wiltshire, England, from c. 1956
Crystal box containing metal components associated with the "Cintel" twin-lens flying-spot telecine
Crystal box containing metal components associated with the "Cintel" twin-lens flying-spot telecine, unsigned [very probably Cintel], c.1957
Williams Tube, c. 1950.
Computing & Data Processing
Electrostatic Memory tube (Williams Tube) from an IBM 701 computer, c.1953
Animation cel and background from 'Animal Farm'
Animation cel and background from the film Animal Farm. Man and goose. Made by Halas and Batchelor.
Midget circular slide rule by Dietzgen with instru
Midget circular slide rule by Dietzgen with instruction leaflet and case