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Background imageInvention Collection: Newcomen steam engine, 1747

Newcomen steam engine, 1747. Thomas Newcomen (1663-1729) designed his atmospheric or steam engine in 1712. Water was heated in the boiler and the resulting steam was let into the cylinder

Background imageInvention Collection: James Nasmyths steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. Artist: James Nasmyth

James Nasmyths steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. Artist: James Nasmyth
James Nasmyths steam hammer erected in his foundry near Manchester in 1832. The steam hammer was invented by the Scottish engineer and inventor James Nasmyth (1808-1890)

Background imageInvention Collection: Siebe and Harrisons patent ice-making machine, 1862

Siebe and Harrisons patent ice-making machine, 1862. This machine was patented by James Harrison in Australia in 1859, and the design was then improved by Augustus Siebe & Co of London in 1861

Background imageInvention Collection: Illustration from the childrens book The Adventures of Uncle Lubin, 1902. Artist: W Heath Robinson

Illustration from the childrens book The Adventures of Uncle Lubin, 1902. Artist: W Heath Robinson
Illustration from the childrens book The Adventures of Uncle Lubin, 1902. From a private collection

Background imageInvention Collection: The aeroplane proposed by Henson in his patent of 1842, c1936 (c1937)

The aeroplane proposed by Henson in his patent of 1842, c1936 (c1937). William Samuel Henson (1812-1888) was a pre-Wright brothers aviation engineer and inventor from Nottingham, England

Background imageInvention Collection: Sectional view of a Newcomen steam engine, 1737

Sectional view of a Newcomen steam engine, 1737. Thomas Newcomen (1663-1729) designed his atmospheric or steam engine in 1712

Background imageInvention Collection: Lieut. Scott's Aero Bomb, (1912?). Creator: Bain News Service

Lieut. Scott's Aero Bomb, (1912?). Creator: Bain News Service
Lieut. Scott's Aero Bomb, (1912?). Probably shows bomb sighting and dropping device designed by Lieutenant Riley E. Scott in 1911.

Background imageInvention Collection: Edison Storage Battery Train, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service

Edison Storage Battery Train, 1912. Creator: Bain News Service
Edison Storage Battery Train, 1912.

Background imageInvention Collection: Bermocchi & his wireless 'iconograph', between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Bermocchi & his wireless "iconograph", between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Francesco de Bernocchi & his wireless "iconograph", between c1910 and c1915. Wireless icongraph, a sort of early fax machine will transmit messages, sketches, autographs, shorthand

Background imageInvention Collection: Bermocchi & his wireless 'iconograph', between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Bermocchi & his wireless "iconograph", between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Francesco de Bernocchi & his wireless "iconograph", between c1910 and c1915. Wireless icongraph, a sort of early fax machine will transmit messages, sketches, autographs, shorthand

Background imageInvention Collection: Maurice Fernez, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Maurice Fernez, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Maurice Fernez, between c1910 and c1915.

Background imageInvention Collection: Model of a fish-ladder for salmon to ascend milldams and weirs,...Inspector of Fisheries, 1864

Model of a fish-ladder for salmon to ascend milldams and weirs,...Inspector of Fisheries, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Model of a fish-ladder for salmon to ascend milldams and weirs, on view at the office of the Inspector of Fisheries, in Whitehall, 1864. 'Mr

Background imageInvention Collection: Professor Hasner's automatic eyeball, 1862. Creator: Unknown

Professor Hasner's automatic eyeball, 1862. Creator: Unknown
Professor Hasner's automatic eyeball, 1862....mechanical model of the eye, ...made chiefly for the purpose of demonstrating the complicated

Background imageInvention Collection: Electro-ballistic apparatus for measuring the speed of cannon-shot, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Electro-ballistic apparatus for measuring the speed of cannon-shot, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Electro-ballistic apparatus for measuring the speed of cannon-shot, 1864. Apparatus invented by Major Navez, of the Belgian Artillery

Background imageInvention Collection: Captain Urquhart experimenting with his Life-Preserving Raft on the Thames, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Captain Urquhart experimenting with his Life-Preserving Raft on the Thames, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Captain Urquhart experimenting with his Life-Preserving Raft on the Thames, [in London] 1858. A craft, attracting attention by its singular appearance

Background imageInvention Collection: Bray's Traction-engine, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Bray's Traction-engine, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Bray's Traction-engine, 1858....thousands of spectators...seemed much interested and astonished on seeing a steam-engine traversing the streets of London...Attached was a truck, or platform

Background imageInvention Collection: Soyer's Barrack Cooking Apparatus, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Soyer's Barrack Cooking Apparatus, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Soyer's Barrack Cooking Apparatus, 1858. Improved technology to improve soldiers diets during the Crimean War. The...kitchen was opened by the late much-lamented chef de cuisine, Alexis Soyer

Background imageInvention Collection: Hellard's Patent Victoria Side-Delivery Reaping and Mowing Machine, 1860. Creator: Unknown

Hellard's Patent Victoria Side-Delivery Reaping and Mowing Machine, 1860. Creator: Unknown
Hellard's Patent Victoria Side-Delivery Reaping and Mowing Machine, 1860. Cutting the corn [ie wheat] when it is ripe is one of the most important operations of harvest...the improvements [Mr

Background imageInvention Collection: Locomotive Steam-carriage for common roads, built for the Earl of Caithness, 1860. Creator: Unknown

Locomotive Steam-carriage for common roads, built for the Earl of Caithness, 1860. Creator: Unknown
Locomotive Steam-carriage for common roads, built for the Earl of Caithness, 1860....a steam-carriage...with which his Lordship, accompanied by Lady Caithness, the Rev, W. Ross, and Mr

Background imageInvention Collection: Distant Fronts, In Palestine; For walking on sand, 1917. Creator: Unknown

Distant Fronts, In Palestine; For walking on sand, 1917. Creator: Unknown
Distant Fronts, In Palestine; For walking on sand, 1917. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919, Volume 2" [L'Illustration, Paris, 1924]

Background imageInvention Collection: Christmas Holidays at the Polytechnic: the Electric Machine - drawn by H. G. Hine, 1858

Christmas Holidays at the Polytechnic: the Electric Machine - drawn by H. G. Hine, 1858. Creator: M. Jackson
Christmas Holidays at the Polytechnic: the Electric Machine - drawn by H. G. Hine, 1858. You must see the children, too, at the Polytechnic - as our Artist has seen them - if you would fully

Background imageInvention Collection: Experiments made with Stevens's Bread-making Machine at Marylebone Workhouse, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Experiments made with Stevens's Bread-making Machine at Marylebone Workhouse, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Experiments made with Stevens's Bread-making Machine at Marylebone Workhouse, 1858. Mr. Stevens, the inventor of the A B C bread-making machine, is a practical baker

Background imageInvention Collection: Diopter. Creator: Anon

Diopter. Creator: Anon
Diopter

Background imageInvention Collection: Invention, 1748. Creator: Louis Fabritius Dubourg

Invention, 1748. Creator: Louis Fabritius Dubourg
Invention, 1748

Background imageInvention Collection: Curious musical instruments of the sixteenth century, 1860. Creator: Unknown

Curious musical instruments of the sixteenth century, 1860. Creator: Unknown
Curious musical instruments of the sixteenth century, 1860. An an elaborate but nameless instrument of the Elizabethan era designed by goldsmith Randolph Bull

Background imageInvention Collection: The Electric Target invented by Lieut. Chevalier, 1860. Creator: Unknown

The Electric Target invented by Lieut. Chevalier, 1860. Creator: Unknown
The Electric Target invented by Lieut. Chevalier, 1860. Self-recording target invented by Lieutenant Chevalier of the 1st West India Regiment

Background imageInvention Collection: Sabots elastiques, an apparatus for walking on water, 1860. Creator: Unknown

Sabots elastiques, an apparatus for walking on water, 1860. Creator: Unknown
Sabots elastiques, an apparatus for walking on water, 1860. Engraving from the Manuscript department of the British Museum...accompanied by a brief specification, without date

Background imageInvention Collection: Les Parisiens ayant trouvé le moyen de circuler... 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier

Les Parisiens ayant trouvé le moyen de circuler... 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier
Les Parisiens ayant trouve le moyen de circuler... 19th century. Parisians have found a way of getting around on tarmacked boulevards during rainy weather

Background imageInvention Collection: Leonard D.Mahon with Steel Helmet He Invented That Could Be Used As Shovel, 1917

Leonard D.Mahon with Steel Helmet He Invented That Could Be Used As Shovel, 1917. Creator: Harris & Ewing
Leonard D.Mahon with Steel Helmet He Invented That Could Be Used As Shovel, 1917

Background imageInvention Collection: Leonard D. Mahon with steel helmet he invented that could be used as shovel, 1917

Leonard D. Mahon with steel helmet he invented that could be used as shovel, 1917. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Leonard D
Leonard D. Mahon with steel helmet he invented that could be used as shovel, 1917

Background imageInvention Collection: Life Saving Suit Worn By T. Aud, 1916. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Life Saving Suit Worn By T

Life Saving Suit Worn By T. Aud, 1916. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Life Saving Suit Worn By T. Aud, 1916
Life Saving Suit Worn By T. Aud, 1916

Background imageInvention Collection: Archimède démontrant aux ingènieurs anglais... 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier

Archimède démontrant aux ingènieurs anglais... 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier
Archimede demontrant aux ingenieurs anglais... 19th century. Archimedes showing the English engineers how, in Syracuse, he raised not just one vessel but an entire fleet

Background imageInvention Collection: Mergenthaler, Ottmar, 2nd Linotype Machine with Band, Invented By Him; 3rd Design He... 1917

Mergenthaler, Ottmar, 2nd Linotype Machine with Band, Invented By Him; 3rd Design He... 1917. Creator: Harris & Ewing
2nd Linotype Machine with Band, invented By Ottmar Mergenthaler; 3rd design he invented at Smithsonian, 1917. The linotype machine was the first device that could easily

Background imageInvention Collection: The Revival of Learning, the Invention of Printing and Gunpowder and the Discovery of America, 1784

The Revival of Learning, the Invention of Printing and Gunpowder and the Discovery of America, 1784

Background imageInvention Collection: Sketch for the dome of the Denon pavilion at the Louvre: l'invention (ou la sculpture), 1864

Sketch for the dome of the Denon pavilion at the Louvre: l'invention (ou la sculpture), 1864. "The four artistic ages of France": Invention (or Sculpture)

Background imageInvention Collection: The Dandy and His Postillion - or the Waay to Laugh Up Hill, 1819. Creator: William Heath

The Dandy and His Postillion - or the Waay to Laugh Up Hill, 1819. Creator: William Heath
The Dandy and His Postillion - or the Waay to Laugh Up Hill, 1819. Ha! Ha! Ha! poor fellow! goodbye! He! He! He!'. Cus these hills! If the lace of my Stays should break I'm done over'

Background imageInvention Collection: Going to the Races, published May 14, 1819. Creator: William Heath

Going to the Races, published May 14, 1819. Creator: William Heath
Going to the Races, published May 14, 1819. Carriage pulled by men riding hobby horses, a forerunner of the bicycle lacking pedals and brakes. Attributed to William Heath

Background imageInvention Collection: A Family Party Taking an Airing, 1819. Creator: William Heath

A Family Party Taking an Airing, 1819. Creator: William Heath
A Family Party Taking an Airing, 1819. A hobby horse (a forerunner of the bicycle) adapted to carry a passenger (and her pets). The rider is teased by monkeys. Attributed to William Heath

Background imageInvention Collection: Capt. Buzzcott's army kitchen, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Capt

Capt. Buzzcott's army kitchen, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Capt
Capt. Buzzcott's [sic] army kitchen, between 1910 and 1920. USA Motor Field Kitchen, designed by Francis H. Buzzacott

Background imageInvention Collection: Interior of the Gallery of Machines at the 1889 Universal Exhibition, 1889. Creator: Louis Beroud

Interior of the Gallery of Machines at the 1889 Universal Exhibition, 1889. Creator: Louis Beroud
Interior of the Gallery of Machines at the 1889 Universal Exhibition, 1889

Background imageInvention Collection: Steam Sewing-Machines, 1854. Creator: Unknown

Steam Sewing-Machines, 1854. Creator: Unknown
Steam Sewing-Machines, 1854. The machine-room of the firm of Holloway, Crowe, and Holloway, ...wholesale clothes manufacturers, Stroud, Gloucestershire...Here are twenty machines in work

Background imageInvention Collection: Unidentified Machine Model, between 1914 and 1918. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Unidentified Machine Model, between 1914 and 1918. Creator: Harris & Ewing
Unidentified Machine Model, between 1914 and 1918

Background imageInvention Collection: Unidentified Machine Model, between 1914 and 1918. Creator: Harris & Ewing

Unidentified Machine Model, between 1914 and 1918. Creator: Harris & Ewing
Unidentified Machine Model, between 1914 and 1918

Background imageInvention Collection: Affiche pour le Musée Grévin, 'Pantomimes lumineuses'. c1896. Creator: Jules Cheret

Affiche pour le Musée Grévin, "Pantomimes lumineuses". c1896. Creator: Jules Cheret
Affiche pour le Musee Grevin, "Pantomimes lumineuses". c1896. [Publisher: Imprimerie Chaix; Place: Paris]

Background imageInvention Collection: Professor Myers Air Bicycle, 1891. Creator: Unknown

Professor Myers Air Bicycle, 1891. Creator: Unknown
Professor Myers Air Bicycle, 1891. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper", Volume 44. July to December, 1891

Background imageInvention Collection: Cannon Revolver, exhibited in the Marine Museum, at Paris, 1854. Creator: Ebenezer Landells

Cannon Revolver, exhibited in the Marine Museum, at Paris, 1854. Creator: Ebenezer Landells
Cannon Revolver, exhibited in the Marine Museum, at Paris, 1854....an instrument invented some time ago. M. Frugier Coigny claims to have invented it

Background imageInvention Collection: Metal sphere used during the siege of 1870-71, for sending mail dispatches by water, 1872

Metal sphere used during the siege of 1870-71, for sending mail dispatches by water, 1872. Creator: Helene Vonoven
Metal sphere used during the siege of 1870-71, for sending mail dispatches by water, 1872

Background imageInvention Collection: Roasting the Baron of Beef by Gas, in the Castle-Yard, Exeter, 1850. Creator: Unknown

Roasting the Baron of Beef by Gas, in the Castle-Yard, Exeter, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Roasting the Baron of Beef by Gas, in the Castle-Yard, Exeter, [Devon], 1850. Event during the annual meeting and exhibition of the Royal Agricultural Society



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