Manchester Town Hall dressed up for Christmas and the German Market
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
This is a 1920s Kitchen notice the lack of any thing electric. Baking was done in the coal fired oven, and the kettle was kept boiling on the hob. Toast was toasted on the fire with aid of a extending toasting fork. Smoke from the fire was part of the taste.
With advent of cheaper electrical goods the 1950s living rooms started to evolve. Early television and electric fire. Note the wall to wall carpets. The one carpet in the middle has gone. If I remember rightly Cyril Lord started this trend off
As alarms clocks hadn't been Invented a Knocker Upper was employed to wake workers up. He was paid small sum to do this by the person. He did this by tapping on bedroom windows with a long pole that had fine wires attached to the end of the pole. The noise was deafening. He didn't stop till you moved the curtain
This a Victorian sewer which was constructed because of the out break of Cholera in the early 19th century. The sewage before that was just thrown out in to the streets and contaminated the drinking water and helped to spread the disease. These sewers are still in use today.
This is a very early washing machine an electric motor has been added to run the rotor and work the mangle by belts. Looks very dangerous. Old advert for washing powder Rinso says no boiling needed. This is a one up from the Dolly Tub and a Wooden Dolly hand revolved
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
The next series of computers were the Pegasus and the Atlas. They started to be used commercially. I went for a job as an operator on the Atlas and spent the afternoon with the computer looking at the job it was doing. It was printing out the results on to concertina type paper. The pay was poor so turned down the job.
This another view of this replica Baby Computer. The Cathode Tube is just above the red knobs in the middle of the picture. This replica was built 50 years after the original from the old plans. It worked fine on the 21st of June 1998 before a distinguished audience.
This a replica of the world first computer. It was called The Baby. The machine ran the world's first stored program June 21st 1948. at Manchester University. It used a Cathode Ray Tube to read the information. A big step up from the adding machine The original was 17ft long and 7ft 4 inches high and weighed 1 tonne.
This is a Man Kite as used in the first world war for gun spotting. It was designed by a man called Cody who was the first man to fly motorised airplane in Britain in 1908. he was an American who changed his name to Cody after Wild Bill Cody. As you can see it was almost sudden death. They went on to use balloons which were a little safer but not much. Spotters the started using aeroplanes. The Royal Engineers Balloon Squadron became the Royal Flying Corp and in 1918 became the Royal Air force.
These Japanese Kamikaze Rocket planes were used in the 2nd world war. They were dropped from aeroplanes and had 25 second burst from the rocket engine which sped it towards its target. There was up to 800lbs of high explosive in the nose. 800 were made. They were called OHKA which means Cherry Blossom.
This very small aeroplane called the Flying Flea First Flew in1935. A lot of amateurs made them in their garden sheds and were made of plywood and powered by motorcycle engines. There was a spate of fatal accidents when flying due to the movable back wing which when in a negative angle caused nose dives into the ground. It never got popular again.