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Cumbersome Collection

Background imageCumbersome Collection: The R101 before Flight

The R101 before Flight
THE R.101 : hundreds of men are required to manoeuvre the cumbersome airship on the ground, preparatory to its disastrous first (and last) flight

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Tobacco farm in Norfolk

Tobacco farm in Norfolk
Tobacco workers at Major J. F. Whitmores farm at Methwold in Norfolk, loading leaves onto a specially constructed cart. The female workers can be seen wearing a more practical alternative to

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Hands-Free Telephone Set

Hands-Free Telephone Set
A telephone receptionist (possibly working for the emergency services) uses a rather cumbersome hands-free telephone, worn around the neck

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Original Artwork - Railway porter with laden trolley

Original Artwork - Railway porter with laden trolley
Original Artwork - Collage design for a stationery company to promote their Varnished Leather paper - a railway porter struggling to wheel a large amount of luggage on a trolley. Date: circa 1937

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Tourists on Mer de Glace, France

Tourists on Mer de Glace, France
Tourists on a Thomas Cook Tour, many of them women in cumbersome hooped dresses, on the Mer de Glace, near Chamonix, French Alps, France. Date: 1865

Background imageCumbersome Collection: German face shield helmet, WW1

German face shield helmet, WW1
A studded German face shield helmet, nicknamed by the French La Plaque Elephant, used during the First World War. Seen here on display, probably in a museum

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Merryweather Fire King steam pump and crew

Merryweather Fire King steam pump and crew, Southwark HQ. In 1899 Merryweather modified its steamer pumps to also propel the vehicle, and thus Londons first non-horse-drawn fire engines arrived

Background imageCumbersome Collection: London Fire Brigade Fire King appliance with crew

London Fire Brigade Fire King appliance with crew
A London Fire Brigade Fire King appliance with crew. In 1899 Merryweather of Greenwich modified its steamer pumps to also propel the vehicle

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Girl Using Computer 1974

Girl Using Computer 1974
A young woman office worker using what now looks like a rather cumbersome computer

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Blackburn TB two-man biplane

Blackburn TB two-man biplane, which first appeared in August 1915. It was found to be too cumbersome, with an unreliable engine, so that it never entered production. Date: circa 1915

Background imageCumbersome Collection: LCC-LFB Motorised Fire King fire engine

LCC-LFB Motorised Fire King fire engine
The Fire King was manufactured by Merryweather of Greenwich. The London Fire Brigade purchased the Fire King, one of the first going to Whitefriars fire station

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Dark Room Equipment

Dark Room Equipment
Cameras and lenses in a dar room. Sophisticated in their day, no doubt, but looking rather dated and cumbersome today! Date: 1960s

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Chair and Table

Chair and Table
A cumbersome chair and table from a period not famed for the grace and elegance of its furniture

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Cumbersome Camera

Cumbersome Camera
A smart gent in a suit adjusts the lense of his huge camera, with its enormous flash bulb!

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Videophone Predicted

Videophone Predicted
Cumbersome it may be, but this videophone enables you not only to speak with and see your correspondent, but shake hands as well ! Date: 1905

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Maxim Project 1890

Maxim Project 1890
Hiram Maxims improved multiplane flying machine - less cumbersome than its predecessors, but still a monstrous concoction of wings, wires and huge propellers

Background imageCumbersome Collection: Art Deco Style Room

Art Deco Style Room
A fine example of how some interiors missed the Art Deco mark! A cumbersome mirror and unattractive pouffe, plus a dreadful drinks trolley which looks like an old pram!


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