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Electrolux refrigerator (1950) Long ago snow and ice, cool streams, springs, caves and cellars were used to refrigerate (to cool, ...
Gas heated washing copper (1950s) A modern washing machine has a drum inside it which spins round and round, mixing ...
Old fashioned pots and pans, teapots, lemon squeezers, butter dishes and toasters have been joined in the modern kitchen by ...
A microwave oven cooks food by using microwaves. These invisible waves are similar to radio waves. The microwaves make tiny ...
Electric cookers turn electricity into heat. The electricity pushes its way through a special wire called an element, which becomes ...
Arthur Leslie Large invented the electric kettle in 1922. His new plug-in kettles replaced the old stove-top ones. General Electric ...
Pratts of Streatham kitchen (1950s) The classic image of a kitchen with large work spaces and a table enough to ...
Food machinery spread from the factory into domestic kitchens in the 1940s in the USA, and in the 1950s in ...
Fast Food and Technology
Fast food means food that is prepared quickly, not food that’s eaten quickly – at least that’s what it SHOULD ...
Long before the days of vacuum cleaners, people cleaned floors with mops, brushes, and brooms. Twig brooms were used as ...
Novelty phones (1990) Portable telephone (2004) To avoid interference, neighbouring radio stations use different frequencies, but the credit-card-sized telephone is ...
Furniture for the 21st Century
Television programmes mean we’re all designers of our own homes. Modern designs are often simple and uncluttered as people learn ...
Furniture 1960s to 1990s
In the 1960s and 1970s, there was no single style for interiors. The Scandinavians produced simple designs, often in natural ...
Furniture 1930s to 1950s
By the 1950s, interest in interiors returned. New trends in furniture design and decoration for the home were inspired by ...
Radios, television sets, computers, DVDs and cameras are all part of the digital revolution. As the digital revolution in TV ...
Home Entertainment Systems
Television cabinets and music centres used to be additional furniture needing as much space as an armchair or coffee table. ...
Sony T11 and Technics SC-CA01 Micro-Systems (1996) First introduced in 1983, digital recordings had conquered the music business by the ...
It is thought the human sense of colour developed because it helped our distant ancestors to pick out ripe fruit. ...
Philips introduced audio (sound) cassette tapes to the world in 1963. This meant for the first time, anybody could make ...
Record Players / Gramophones
A record player plays back the sound from a thin plastic disc. The disc is called a record. Sounds are ...
Before video came along in the 1980s, you either watched your favourite programme when it was shown on the TV, ...
Colour television was developed in America in the 1950s, but colour TV sets were not sold in large numbers until ...
Japan has been the leader in music technology for half a century. During World War II, bombing destroyed almost every ...
Bits and Pieces
The German electronic firm Braun has always had strong ideas about design – simple and unfussy. The company’s best-known designer, ...
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