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Background imageIdeal Collection: An Ideal Home No. II. The Folding Garden

An Ideal Home No. II. The Folding Garden
This folding garden for flat dwellers with a love of open-air life will appeal to all householders who enjoy rustic amenities in a urban setting. The second of the Ideal Home designs by W

Background imageIdeal Collection: An Ideal Home No. V. The Spare Room by William Heath Robinson

An Ideal Home No. V. The Spare Room by William Heath Robinson
This is W. Heath Robinsons solution of the spare room problem, a brilliant idea which renders it possible to entertain in the smallest flat without the slightest difficulty

Background imageIdeal Collection: The Sketch Ideal Home No. VI. Sports Without Broad Acres by

The Sketch Ideal Home No. VI. Sports Without Broad Acres by
The difficult problem of how to enjoy games and field sports when you live in a block of flats has triumphantly solved. The sixth in the series of Ideal Home designs by W. Heath Robinson

Background imageIdeal Collection: An Ideal Home No. I by William Heath Robinson

An Ideal Home No. I by William Heath Robinson
The first in the series of the Ideal Home designs by W. Heath Robinson. The illustrations from The Sketch depict ingenious space creating ideas for the spatially challenged home

Background imageIdeal Collection: An Ideal Home No. IV. Top-Floor Chicken Farm by William Heat

An Ideal Home No. IV. Top-Floor Chicken Farm by William Heat
The beauty and simplicity of this solution of the problem of how to keep chickens in the top floor of the bijou flat will appeal to readers who like to get as much as possible for their rent

Background imageIdeal Collection: An Ideal Home No. III. Space Economy At A Wedding Reception

An Ideal Home No. III. Space Economy At A Wedding Reception
The third of the Ideal Home designs by W. Heath Robinson. The illustrations from The Sketch depict ingenious space creating ideas for the spatially challenged home

Background imageIdeal Collection: Silver Cross advertisement

Silver Cross advertisement
Advertisement for Silver Cross prams (or baby coaches), featuring an immaculately turned out young 1950s mother wearing an off the shoulder pink dress with pearls, heels and long yellow gloves

Background imageIdeal Collection: Benzaiten or Benten

Benzaiten or Benten
Alternative names for the goddess of grace and beauty, the tutelary genius of the island of Enoshima, the type of ideal womanhood

Background imageIdeal Collection: Ransomes Lawnmowers Advertisement

Ransomes Lawnmowers Advertisement
An illustrated advertisement for an Ideal Homes Exhibition stand for Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies Ltd. promoting Ransomes Lawnmowers. The image shows a decorative green model on a tidy lawn

Background imageIdeal Collection: French poster, The Future Lies in Socialism

French poster, The Future Lies in Socialism
A French poster which declares that The Future Lies in Socialism, showing men who have fought in the First World War facing up to the octopus monster of commercialism, foreign gold

Background imageIdeal Collection: The Post Office and Library, Greendale Road, Port Sunlight

The Post Office and Library, Greendale Road, Port Sunlight. Date: circa 1910

Background imageIdeal Collection: Military spy - a camera carrying pigeon

Military spy - a camera carrying pigeon
A pigeon as a military spy. A camera small enough to be attached on a bird to capture ariel images, ideal for war time spying. The camera is automatic and takes a photograph at regular intervals

Background imageIdeal Collection: Ideal Scientist

Ideal Scientist
The ideal scientist - interested in the old as well as the new, anatomy as well as astronomy, the laws of chance and of mathematics, the skill of chess, the hues of a rose

Background imageIdeal Collection: Manchester, England - Piccadilly Gardens

Manchester, England - Piccadilly Gardens
Manchester, England - the busy Piccadilly Street and Piccadilly Gardens showing shop fronts, cars, and businesses. circa 1910s

Background imageIdeal Collection: Walter Raleigh lays his cloak at Queen Elizabeth Is feet

Walter Raleigh lays his cloak at Queen Elizabeth Is feet
Sir Walter Raleigh lays his cloak at Queen Elizabeth Is feet to prevent her from getting muddy feet. The fanciful, romantic tale of the cloak

Background imageIdeal Collection: Raphael Kirchner - Art Nouveau lady holding looking upward

Raphael Kirchner - Art Nouveau lady holding looking upward
Pretty Art Nouveau lady with a pink camelia in her hair and holding a frond looking upward - fine illustration by Raphael Kirchner. Date: circa 1903

Background imageIdeal Collection: Communist Factory Worker

Communist Factory Worker
A young man, the ideal of the heroic communist worker, working at a complicated piece of machinery in a cellulose paper factory in Balakhna, Russia

Background imageIdeal Collection: Suffrage Pilgrimage 1913

Suffrage Pilgrimage 1913
An advert for the Burberry coat, The Ideal Coat for the Pilgrimage. Date: 1913 July

Background imageIdeal Collection: Ideal Home Exhibition - Heath Robinson Home

Ideal Home Exhibition - Heath Robinson Home
William Heath Robinsons Ideal Home - " The Gadgets". Displayed at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition at London Olympia. Date: 1934

Background imageIdeal Collection: Advert for Ideal Central Heating

Advert for Ideal Central Heating
Advert illustrating the benefits of installing an Ideal central heating system. Date: 1939

Background imageIdeal Collection: Christian graces

Christian graces

Background imageIdeal Collection: Glass Perfume Bottle

Glass Perfume Bottle
A swinging scent spray: A scent spray which swings on a pivot is a useful and decorative novelty and an ideal last minute Christmas present. Date: 1936

Background imageIdeal Collection: Palais Ideal

Palais Ideal
Chevals palace - the architect and his dog, with a friend, stand in front of the South Facade

Background imageIdeal Collection: Japanese firemen

Japanese firemen with their hand-pulled fire appliances, ideal for negotiating the narrow alleyways typical of Japanese cities. Date: circa 1890

Background imageIdeal Collection: Client: Ideal Home - Roden Norman

Client: Ideal Home - Roden Norman
Client: Ideal Home - Shoot to promote the selling of advertising space - the Advertisement Manager was Roden Norman (pictured). Date: circa late 1960s

Background imageIdeal Collection: Ideal reconstruction of tomb of Pope Julius II

Ideal reconstruction of tomb of Pope Julius II
Ideal reconstruction of Michelangelos tomb of Pope Julius II installed in St Peters Basilica in the Vatican, with the figures of Michelangelo and Pope Julius looking

Background imageIdeal Collection: Aryan Types / Woman / Postcd

Aryan Types / Woman / Postcd
Deutscher Blutadel in aller Welt - German noble-blood throughout the world : the ideal German woman is blonde, blue-eyed, simply dressed without jewellery or cosmetics

Background imageIdeal Collection: WW2, Alphabet Valentines Card

WW2, Alphabet Valentines Card
A WW2 alphabet Valentines greetings card. To my Adorable, Beautiful, Charming, Darling, Exquisite, Fascinating, Glamorous, Heavenly, Ideal, Joyous, Kissable, Lovely, Marvellous, Neat, One-and-only

Background imageIdeal Collection: Ideal Home Exhibition stand for Danish food produce

Ideal Home Exhibition stand for Danish food produce. Date: circa 1960

Background imageIdeal Collection: A Harrods display for bedroom furniture

A Harrods display for bedroom furniture at an Ideal Home Exhibition. Date: circa 1960

Background imageIdeal Collection: Advert, Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition, Olympia

Advert, Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition, Olympia, London - Monopolis, the city of the future Date: 1931

Background imageIdeal Collection: New Ideal Homesteads Illustration

New Ideal Homesteads Illustration
A front cover illustration for a New Ideal Homesteads Ltd catalogue on the Marlborough and Montrose Park Estates, Sidcup. The 1931 Super Home, designed by a woman, for a woman. Date: circa 1931

Background imageIdeal Collection: University Of London Senate House & Library Senate Room

University Of London Senate House & Library Senate Room
A photograph which shows the spacious Senate Room, with tiered seating and wood panelling, at the University of London Senate House and Library, designed between 1932 and 1937

Background imageIdeal Collection: Wesleyan & General Advertisement

Wesleyan & General Advertisement
An illustrated advertisement for an Ideal Homes Exhibition stand for Wesleyan and General Assurance Society, promoting a safe way to buy houses. Date: circa 1936

Background imageIdeal Collection: Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein

Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein
A portrait photograph of Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. The Ideal Homes Exhibition of 1925, held at Olympia, was opened by her. Date: circa 1925

Background imageIdeal Collection: Goblin Electric Cleaners Advertisement

Goblin Electric Cleaners Advertisement
An illustrated advertisement for an Ideal Homes Exhibition stand promoting Goblin Electric Cleaners, the illustration portrays a company mascot using a vacuum cleaner

Background imageIdeal Collection: Boots Advertisement

Boots Advertisement
An illustrated advertisement for an Ideal Homes Exhibition stand for Boots the chemist, both images depict scenes in which a finely dressed lady is buying products from a Boots shopkeeper

Background imageIdeal Collection: Heinz Salad Cream Poster

Heinz Salad Cream Poster
An advertisement poster displayed in an Ideal Homes exhibition catalogue, promoting Heinz salad cream and mayonnaise. The products are displayed in bottles, amongst a cluster of fruit and vegetables

Background imageIdeal Collection: Good Travelling Companions

Good Travelling Companions
An illustrated page from a catalogue for the Ideal Homes Exhibition held at Olympia in 1936, the scene shows a young woman and a man sat in a train, reading magazines and newspapers

Background imageIdeal Collection: Triplex Grates Advertisement

Triplex Grates Advertisement
An advertisement for an Ideal Homes Exhibition stand for Triplex Foundry Ltd. promoting their fire place grates in a unique porcelain enamel finish, allowing for easy cleaning. Date: circa 1936

Background imageIdeal Collection: Easterns Ideal Home Furnishing Advertisement

Easterns Ideal Home Furnishing Advertisement
An advertisement for an Ideal Homes Exhibition stand for Easterns Ideal Home Furnishing. The illustration shows a procession of figures making their way to their stand

Background imageIdeal Collection: James Broderick Advertisement

James Broderick Advertisement
An advertisement for an Ideal Homes Exhibition stand for James Broderick, a furnishing company. The illustration shows a bedroom suite in figured walnut. Date: circa 1936

Background imageIdeal Collection: Howard Kingsley Wood

Howard Kingsley Wood
A portrait photograph of British Conservative politician, Howard Kingsley Wood, from a catalogue for the Ideal Homes Exhibition at Olympia, 1936, an event which he opened. Date: circa 1936

Background imageIdeal Collection: Bowmans Unit Furniture Advertisement

Bowmans Unit Furniture Advertisement
An advertisement for an Ideal Homes Exhibition stand for Bowmans, promoting their unit furniture, the illustration shows an office arrangement. Date: circa 1936

Background imageIdeal Collection: Daily Mail Ideal Homes Catalogue Cover

Daily Mail Ideal Homes Catalogue Cover
A front cover illustration for a catalogue of the Daily Mail Ideal Homes Exhibition held at Olympia between March 24 and April 18 1936

Background imageIdeal Collection: Theatre Villains, The Smuggler, Ideal and Real

Theatre Villains, The Smuggler, Ideal and Real Date: 1863

Background imageIdeal Collection: Chic but spartan interior decoration

Chic but spartan interior decoration
The ideal home: - a chic but spartan interior decoration styles from 1965 Date: 1965

Background imageIdeal Collection: Interior furniture design by Harrod's

Interior furniture design by Harrod's
Interior furniture design with chairs and table by Harrod's, possibly at the Ideal Home Exhibition. Date: circa 1955



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