Bizarre & Outlandish Gadgets & Doohickeys: Used in Everyday Life-1851 to 1951

Author(s): Maurice Collins


Hundreds of 19th- and 20th-century curiosities and contraptions are catalogued in this amusing assembly of more than 1,000 images. The days from the first Great Industrial Exhibition of 1851 to the post-WWII Festival of Britain saw rapid technological advancement throughout the United Kingdom and elsewhere, and countless numbers of products, from the ingenious to the idiotic, appeared on the market. Twenty-two sections divided into time- and money-saving devices, kitchen utensils, gadgets for ladies and gentlemen, trains, bikes, autos, and many more, recall these bygone products. Some, like the moustache spoon, clearly served a need amid polite Victorian society. However, less scrupulous merchants also hawked gizmos like the nose shaper and the asthma-curing necklace. Marvel at the multitude of devices humankind has conceived, some of which could be considered forerunners of modern-day conveniences like smartphones and computers.


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Maurice Collins has been collecting gadgets, contraptions, and doohickeys from bygone eras for more than 40 years. Born in London's East End in the mid-1930s, he served in the British Royal Air Force and later started his own printing company specializing in boxed games and cartons.

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  • : 9780764351327
  • : Schiffer Publishing Ltd
  • : Schiffer Publishing Ltd
  • : November 2016
  • : 279mm X 215mm X 30mm
  • : United States
  • : March 2017
  • : books

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  • : Maurice Collins
  • : Hardback
  • : 306.46094109034
  • : 320