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Background imageDevice 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 imageDevice Collection: Rejected by the inventions board

Rejected by the inventions board

Background imageDevice Collection: A Swimming Stroke of Genius

A Swimming Stroke of Genius
A simple device by which a cross channel swim may be rendered both easy and pleasant- not to mention luxurious. Please note

Background imageDevice Collection: Ufos / Reich Device

Ufos / Reich Device
One of Wilhelm Reichs weather-influencing devices which also affect UFOs, and could perhaps destroy them

Background imageDevice 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 imageDevice Collection: Permanent Hair-Waving machine, 1928

Permanent Hair-Waving machine, 1928
Curls are attached by the flex to the chandelier-like electrical machine. This device was exhibited at the Hairdressers Annual Exhibion at the White City, 1928

Background imageDevice Collection: A glamorous female model with her trusty Goblin Teasmade

A glamorous female model with her trusty Goblin Teasmade
A stylish female model wakes up fresh-faced and ready now to face the day thanks to a few sips from a hearty brew prepared by her faithful bedside Goblin Teasmade. How Delicious! Date: 1960s

Background imageDevice Collection: IRA bombing of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster

IRA bombing of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster
The fire started after the IRA planted an explosive device in Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament, 17 June 1974. The 20 lb explosive device caused extensive damage

Background imageDevice 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 imageDevice Collection: Electricity / Voltaic Pile

Electricity / Voltaic Pile
VOLTAIC PILE The first workable device for generating a consistent flow of electricity, invented in 1799 by Alessandro Volta

Background imageDevice Collection: Camera Obscura 1817

Camera Obscura 1817
CAMERA OBSCURA the various components of an observation hut or kiosk housing the device

Background imageDevice 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 imageDevice Collection: OUDS: The Tempest at Worcester College, 1949

OUDS: The Tempest at Worcester College, 1949
A midsummer diversion in an Oxford garden: the Oxford University Drama Societys production of Shakespeares The Tempest in the grounds of Worcester College, 1949

Background imageDevice 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 imageDevice 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 imageDevice Collection: World War II B25 bomber attacks Japanese ship

World War II B25 bomber attacks Japanese ship
World War II vintage photograph - B25 bomber attacks Japanese ship in China Sea

Background imageDevice Collection: Dr. Merryweathers Tempest Prognosticator

Dr. Merryweathers Tempest Prognosticator
Featured in the Great Exhibition of 1851, Dr. Merryweather of Whitbys Tempest Prognosticator was designed to warn of approaching storms

Background imageDevice Collection: Bus Conductor

Bus Conductor
The bus conductor punches the tickets of his passengers, using the ingenious device which issues the right ticket for the individual requirements of each and all

Background imageDevice Collection: Armoured bayonet curler by W H Robinson

Armoured bayonet curler by W H Robinson
For rendering useless the sentrys arme blanche. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary Evans 1915

Background imageDevice Collection: Kendal, Cumbria - Nether Bridge

Kendal, Cumbria - Nether Bridge over the River Kent. Date: 1910

Background imageDevice Collection: Advertisement for clothing and bedding disinfector

Advertisement for clothing and bedding disinfector
An 1880 trade advertisement for a disinfector by made by Nelson and Sons of Leeds. The device, used by workhouses, hospitals and prisons

Background imageDevice Collection: Dead Mans Handle

Dead Mans Handle
A dead mans handle is a switch that is automatically operated in case the human operator becomes incapacitated. Photograph by Heinz Zinram

Background imageDevice Collection: The method of linking up hands and feet of sitting mediums

The method of linking up hands and feet of sitting mediums
Undated photograph showing the method of linking up hands and feet of sitting mediums by means of electrical control. This is one of series of photographs documenting Harry Prices investigations into

Background imageDevice 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 imageDevice Collection: Early TV Remote Control

Early TV Remote Control
An early remote control, or an Armchair Programme Control. Manufactured by Ferranti, this device came with 15 feet of cord which enabled the TV to be operated from a distance

Background imageDevice Collection: Blitz in London -- burnt-out incendiary device, WW2

Blitz in London -- burnt-out incendiary device, WW2
Blitz in London -- incendiary device which burnt itself out on an asphalt roof. Date: 1940s

Background imageDevice Collection: Alec James of Arsenal in the gym

Alec James of Arsenal in the gym
Arsenal player Alec James tries out the Vita Gymno Frame in the Gym at Arsenals Highbury Football Ground

Background imageDevice Collection: Adjusting a tape storage device

Adjusting a tape storage device
A computer technician adjusts the large reels on a computer tape storage device. A promotional photograph for ICT. Photograph by Heinz Zinram

Background imageDevice Collection: Manufacture of circuit boards

Manufacture of circuit boards
A complicated multi-component electronic device for manufacturing circuit boards. It consists of a number of miniature soldering irons to attach the electrical components and a magnifying camera

Background imageDevice Collection: Sketches in the Bank of England. Machine for weighing coins

Sketches in the Bank of England. Machine for weighing coins
Engraving of complicated device for weighing gold sovereigns

Background imageDevice Collection: Mer-People and God

Mer-People and God
Merman and mermaid feature in the device of London printer John Rastell = a rare, maybe unique, instance of mer-people depicted as part of Gods creation

Background imageDevice Collection: Reynaud Praxinoscope 2

Reynaud Praxinoscope 2
Reynauds device with central lamp, drum holding the images, and a handle for turning it, giving the illusion of movement

Background imageDevice Collection: World War II battle for Senio River in Italy, a flamethrower

World War II battle for Senio River in Italy, a flamethrower
Vintage World War II photograph - 8th Army battle for the Senio River in Italy, a flamethrower in action

Background imageDevice Collection: WW II - range of bombs, ordnance dropped by RAF

WW II - range of bombs, ordnance dropped by RAF
Vintage World War II photograph - range of bombs ordnance dropped by bombers of the RAF

Background imageDevice Collection: Mushroom cloud Nagasaki Japan in 1945, atomic bomb

Mushroom cloud Nagasaki Japan in 1945, atomic bomb
Mushroom cloud following the expolsion of Nagaski atomic bomb, Japan, World War II

Background imageDevice Collection: Birth of a baby, Rochford General Hospital, Essex

Birth of a baby, Rochford General Hospital, Essex
Birth of a baby at Rochford General Hospital, Essex. When Janet Gisby was admitted, the chances were high that, after two miscarriages, she would lose her baby

Background imageDevice 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 imageDevice Collection: Japanese woman weaving cloth on a loom, Japan

Japanese woman weaving cloth on a loom, Japan
19th century vintage photograph: Japanese woman weaving cloth on a loom, Japan, c.1890 s

Background imageDevice Collection: Japanese archer with bow and arrow, Japan, c. 1880 s

Japanese archer with bow and arrow, Japan, c. 1880 s
Vintage 19th century photograph: Japanese archer with bow and arrow, Japan, c.1880 s

Background imageDevice Collection: World War II captured German U boat Tower Bridge London

World War II captured German U boat Tower Bridge London
World War II vintage photograph - captured German U boat U776 passes under Tower Bridge London

Background imageDevice Collection: World War II - fighting in the streets of Cologne Germany

World War II - fighting in the streets of Cologne Germany
Vintage photograph World War II - fighting in the streets of Cologne Germany, near the cathedral, American tank hit by a shell

Background imageDevice Collection: India Calcutta, Howrah pontoon bridge over Hooghly River

India Calcutta, Howrah pontoon bridge over Hooghly River
India Calcutta, Howrah pontoon bridge over the Hooghly River. Vintage 19th century photograph

Background imageDevice Collection: The petard, a medieval explosive device

The petard, a medieval explosive device in the form of a metal cone filled with gunpowder attached to a gate to blow it open. Invented in France in 1579 for Henri IV, King of Navarre

Background imageDevice Collection: Piper PA-11 Cub Special N4873M

Piper PA-11 Cub Special N4873M (msn 11-390), seen fitted with the Whittaker tandem-wheel landing gear system. This device, which consisted of dual main wheels fixed one behind the other

Background imageDevice Collection: Ufos / Holloman

Ufos / Holloman
UFO photographed near Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; never satisfactorily explained but a secret military device seems a possibility

Background imageDevice Collection: Incendiary devices, ARP training exercise during WW2

Incendiary devices, ARP training exercise during WW2

Background imageDevice Collection: Railway Mail Bag Collecting Device Victorian period

Railway Mail Bag Collecting Device Victorian period

Background imageDevice Collection: WW2 - How A Camera Gun Works

WW2 - How A Camera Gun Works
A photograph with educational illustrations added to show how a camera gun works, the device was used to help aid the Royal Air Force in practising war manoeuvres by automatically registering a hit



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