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Contraption Collection

Background imageContraption Collection: Heath Robinson automated Dining Room without servants 1 of 4

Heath Robinson automated Dining Room without servants 1 of 4
Heath Robinson Does Away with Servants - Patent Applied for by " The Sketch" in the Dining-Room. A family at their dining table, which is a typically Heath Robinson design

Background imageContraption Collection: Ultra-Marine by William Heath Robinson

Ultra-Marine by William Heath Robinson
One of Margates new " Neversink" pleasure boats for keeping an even keel inthe roughest seas. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger

Background imageContraption Collection: Pea Apparatus by William Heath Robinson

Pea Apparatus by William Heath Robinson
An interesting and elegant apparatus designed to overcome once for all the difficulties of conveying green peas to the mouth

Background imageContraption Collection: A Decided Catch by William Heath Robinson

A Decided Catch by William Heath Robinson
The Whitebait cycle, an ingenious contraption necessitated by the exorbitant charges for hire of boats at the seaside this season

Background imageContraption Collection: Bound to Draw by William Heath Robinson

Bound to Draw by William Heath Robinson
Another well-thought-out experiment in dentistry from Heath Robinson, the Gadget King and mastermind behind endless convoluted contraptions and silly ideas. Date: 1927

Background imageContraption Collection: Sixth Column Strategy

Sixth Column Strategy
Stout patriots dislodge an enemy machine gun post from the dome of St. Pauls using the usual Heath Robinson cunning! Please note

Background imageContraption Collection: Rejected by the Inventions Board IX - Heath Robinson

Rejected by the Inventions Board IX - Heath Robinson
The Pilsener Pump for tapping the enemys beer; another hilariously convoluted contraption to foil the enemy during World War I from William Heath Robinson

Background imageContraption Collection: Illustration, Railway Ribaldry by W Heath Robinson

Illustration, Railway Ribaldry by W Heath Robinson -- The building of Saltash Bridge. Date: 1935

Background imageContraption Collection: A cunning stroke by William Heath Robinson

A cunning stroke by William Heath Robinson
A clever but unsportsmanlike contrivance to increase buoyance and prevent fatigue among Channel swimmers. A useful inflatable idea to help long-distance swimmers by the gadget king

Background imageContraption Collection: The Subzeppmarinellin by Heath Robinson, WW1 cartoon

The Subzeppmarinellin by Heath Robinson, WW1 cartoon
The subzeppmarinellin for making sure of your enemy. All bases covered with this combined submarine and zeppelin from the imagination of William Heath Robinson during the First World War. Date: c.1916

Background imageContraption Collection: Royal Wedding 1923 - Heath Robinson humour

Royal Wedding 1923 - Heath Robinson humour
A Great Grand Stand. A comfortable suggestion for viewing future Royal Weddings by William Heath Robinson. An onlooker manages to balance a cosy armchair on top of a lamp post complete with rice

Background imageContraption Collection: Ending in Smoke by Heath Robinson

Ending in Smoke by Heath Robinson
An ingenious smoke screen spreader for preventing embarrassing situations when the bathroom lock is out of order. Hilarious invention by the inimitable Heath Robinson allowing complete discretion for

Background imageContraption Collection: Heath Robinson - Lancing-Wheel

Heath Robinson - Lancing-Wheel
RECOMMENDED TO THE WAR OFFICE (REPLY AWAITED) Patent Applied For: The New Lancing-Wheel for Teaching Young Lancers to Lance. A typically convoluted contraption created by William Heath Robinson

Background imageContraption Collection: Jersey Airways Poster

Jersey Airways Poster
Poster, I d prefer Jersey Airways. A cartoon of animals powering and piloting a flying machine above a rough sea, with a Jersey Airways biplane high above them

Background imageContraption Collection: A simple device for removing a wart

A simple device for removing a wart
Contrary to the title of this picture, a complicated and convoluted machine to help a sufferer remove a wart from his head

Background imageContraption Collection: Long Drawn Out! by William Heath Robinson

Long Drawn Out! by William Heath Robinson
A simple home cure for warts. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evans

Background imageContraption Collection: Drawing the cork, illustration by William Heath Robinson

Drawing the cork, illustration by William Heath Robinson
How to draw the cork when you can t find the corkscrew, illustration by William Heath Robinson. Credit must appear as: Courtesy of Mrs J. C

Background imageContraption Collection: W Heath Robinson - At the At Home

W Heath Robinson - At the At Home

Background imageContraption Collection: Lessons by Post by William Heath Robinson

Lessons by Post by William Heath Robinson
The new Heath Robinson Swimming Post, which is acquiring such popularity at our most fashionable resorts. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger

Background imageContraption Collection: Cold Comfort by W. Heath Robinson

Cold Comfort by W. Heath Robinson
An elegant device now in use in many seaside boarding houses to obviate the rather indelicate act of blowing on ones food to cool it

Background imageContraption Collection: New Banting Bed for Reducing the Figure

New Banting Bed for Reducing the Figure
The New Banting Bed for Reducing the Figure. Cartoon by William Heath Robinson

Background imageContraption Collection: Too Fishy

Too Fishy
Unsportsmanlike tactics of a competitor at a recent fishing tournament at Hampstead Ponds. Humorous illustration by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944)

Background imageContraption Collection: Kaisers Campaigning Car

Kaisers Campaigning Car
The Kaiser enjoying a morning tub in his new campaigning car during World War One. A typically convoluted method of transportation from W.Heath Robinson

Background imageContraption Collection: W Heath Robinson - Opening the Wine Bottle

W Heath Robinson - Opening the Wine Bottle

Background imageContraption Collection: WW2 defence, illustration by William Heath Robinson

WW2 defence, illustration by William Heath Robinson
Defence during WW2 -- Stout members of the sixth column dislodge an enemy machine gun post on the dome of St Paul s, illustration by William Heath Robinson. Credit must appear as: Courtesy of Mrs J

Background imageContraption Collection: A very early type of railway signal by W Heath Robinson

A very early type of railway signal by W Heath Robinson
A very early type of railway signal now rarely to be seen - an example from Railway Ribaldry, drawn by William Heath Robinson and commissioned by the Great Western Railway to mark their centenary

Background imageContraption Collection: Good Egg by William Heath Robinson

Good Egg by William Heath Robinson
Straight from the Hen! The Fresh-Egger, a handsome apparatus for ensuring the new-laidness of eggs for the breakfast-table. A typically convoluted invention from the mind of William Heath Robinson

Background imageContraption Collection: When the Hot Water Tap Runs Cold

When the Hot Water Tap Runs Cold
Ingenious invention for improving the level of bath water, especially when hot water runs out, whereby the occupant inflates a large balloon to order to displace water and raise the level

Background imageContraption Collection: Hurray for the Robinson Ray! by W. Heath Robinson

Hurray for the Robinson Ray! by W. Heath Robinson
We are privileged to publish the first illustration of a Death Ray at its dirty work. the top secret experiment was entirely successful, and as our picture shows

Background imageContraption Collection: W Heath Robinson - Peeling Potatoes by Gramophone

W Heath Robinson - Peeling Potatoes by Gramophone

Background imageContraption Collection: Electric Permanent Waving Machine 1928

Electric Permanent Waving Machine 1928
A permanent electric waving machine, medusa, Serpents, exhibited at the Hairdressers Annual Exhibition. Date: 1928

Background imageContraption Collection: W Heath Robinson - The Lullaby Bed

W Heath Robinson - The Lullaby Bed, to save getting out of bed to rock baby when he is troublesome at night

Background imageContraption Collection: Turner's Asbestos Cement Advertisement

Turner's Asbestos Cement Advertisement
A humorous advertisement illustration for Turner's Asbestos Cement Co. showing a quarry scene both above and below ground

Background imageContraption Collection: Heath Robinson Hill-Side Clutch

Heath Robinson Hill-Side Clutch
An illustration which comically depicts a motor vehicle traversing an abnormally steep slope, with an inventive contraption of extended back wheels. Date: circa 1919

Background imageContraption Collection: Colour illustration of skier in snow, with contraption heating kettle

Colour illustration of skier in snow, with contraption heating kettle and ice to make a trail of snow. Captioned, A Bit of a Frost - a simple device for making your own snow as you go along'

Background imageContraption Collection: Successful campaign in the Libyan desert. Italian soldiers about to trigger an underground device

Successful campaign in the Libyan desert. Italian soldiers about to trigger an underground device. Date: 1941

Background imageContraption Collection: Frustrating an Attempt to Disorganise London

Frustrating an Attempt to Disorganise London
Sixth column strategy: Disguised as Gothic pinnacles the famous clock, Big Ben is being altered by an odd contraption, to confuse the general public. Date: 1940

Background imageContraption Collection: How to Make it Hard for the Invader!

How to Make it Hard for the Invader!
British Home Front are using a makeshift contraption to pinch a screwdriver making it impossible for the Germans to assemble an air-borne tank. Date: 1940

Background imageContraption Collection: Dental or Mental? by William Heath Robinson

Dental or Mental? by William Heath Robinson
A suggested method of tooth-extraction with a primitive contraption. Date: 1924

Background imageContraption Collection: Uncrossing the Crosses on a Hot + Bun

Uncrossing the Crosses on a Hot + Bun
A contraption for removing the cross on a hot cross bun left over from Easter. Date: 1922

Background imageContraption Collection: For the convenience of bathers, a neat appliance for pouring oil on troubled waters. Date: 1921

For the convenience of bathers, a neat appliance for pouring oil on troubled waters. Date: 1921

Background imageContraption Collection: Woman Having her Hair Dried 1928

Woman Having her Hair Dried 1928
A woman sits under a chrome-plated hair dryer, exhibited at the Hairdressers Annual Exhibition. Date: 1928

Background imageContraption Collection: Woman Indulging a Vapour Face-Bath 1928

Woman Indulging a Vapour Face-Bath 1928
Strangely masked by metal: A client indulging in a vapour face-bath, exhibited at the Hairdressers Annual Exhibition. Date: 1928

Background imageContraption Collection: Ray-Lamp Treatments 1928

Ray-Lamp Treatments 1928
Strange metal Blinkers to achieve beauty: A client taking a Ray-Lamp treatment, exhibited at the Hairdressers Annual Exhibition. Date: 1928

Background imageContraption Collection: The Evolution of the Cycle -- tricycle and two bicycles

The Evolution of the Cycle -- tricycle and two bicycles
The Evolution of the Cycle -- the first crank-driven tricycle, Dalzells Machine (circa 1840), Landiss Machine (1861). (4 of 8) Date: 1892

Background imageContraption Collection: The Evolution of the Cycle -- three cycling machines

The Evolution of the Cycle -- three cycling machines
The Evolution of the Cycle -- Bramley and Parkers Machine (1830), Juliens Machine (1830), Cochranes Machine (1831). (3 of 8) Date: 1892

Background imageContraption Collection: The Evolution of the Cycle -- Dandy-Horse

The Evolution of the Cycle -- Dandy-Horse
The Evolution of the Cycle -- Duke of Marlboroughs Dandy-Horse, Johnsons Dandy-Horse, Cruikshank drawing At Full Speed ( all early 1800s). (2 of 8) Date: 1892

Background imageContraption Collection: The Evolution of the Cycle -- Ovenden and Bolton

The Evolution of the Cycle -- Ovenden and Bolton
The Evolution of the Cycle -- Ovendens Machine (1761) and Boltons Machine (1804). (1 of 8) Date: 1892



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