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

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

Maurice Collins

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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.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 1,200 color and b/w images | 384 pp
ISBN13: 9780764351327 | Binding: hard cover

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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.