Vintage Technology.

A very broad category, covering everything from steam locomotives, electricity, early radio,
trolley buses – whatever.
In all cases, just click on the thumbnail to go to the page…

 


ANONYMOUS GRAMOPHONE WITH ELECTRIC MOTOR.
A curious ‘black portable’ gramophone, fitted with an electric turntable!

 


THOUGHTS ON AN OLD DYMO PRINTER.
1st May 2015. We had let our old Dymo get into a very neglected state; but it has been cleaned & has given rise to various thoughts.

 


SAMPLE OF AN EARLY SUBMARINE TELEGRAPH CABLE.
12th April 2015. We bought this on impulse at an auction a few years ago, and have only just got around to investigating it.

 


CAN WE REPAIR OUR INDESIT WIXL 123 WASHING MACHINE? YES!
19th January 2015. It turns out that the 123 and related models have a generic fault on the control board, but is very easy & cheap to fix, provided you have the necessary abilities.  

 


THE MIRACLE OF WIRELESS TELEPHONY.
28th December 2014. Tinkering around with an old valve (tube), some drain-pipe & wire, & short wave radio.

 


A VOICE FROM SPACE, 22nd MAY 1991.
The voice of Helen Sharman, recorded on the above date, from the Russian MIR space station, via Amateur Radio.

 


VINTAGE RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVES, AND A FEW STATIONS.
We recently acquired a batch of old Railway postcards, which has made us go all Nostalgic for the era of Steam Locomotives!

 


THE BIRTH OF RADIO.
‘The Birth of Radio’; or, The Romance of Marconiphone’. A 1934 Columbia advertising record, given away with their radiograms. Believed to be narrated by Ralph Richardson.

 


MORSE CODE ON 78 rpm RECORDS.
By way of helping you learn the Morse code, many companies produced 78 records for this purpose. Here are notes, jottings & labels scans & audio examples of several sets from 1907 to around the 1940s.

 


SOME RECORDINGS OF RADIO JAMMING SIGNALS.
Here are 4 examples of the sorts of signals used by Germany and Italy to ‘jam’ radio broadcasts. They very likely date from World War 2, 1939-1945.

 


3 OLD AMERICAN STEREOSCOPIC VIEWS.
I just found these ‘stereoscopic’ cards, dating from the early 1890s, in an old folder, where they had been forgotten. One is of cotton pickers in Louisiana, one is a shot of ‘Lovers’ Lane’ in New Orleans, while the third must have been slightly risqué for the times. But why not see for yourself?

 


TROLLEY ’BUSES.
30th October 1970. The last day that trolley ’buses ran in Walsall – 30th October 1970. 16 crude black & white shots taken that day. They may prove of interest to enthusiasts of public transport?

 

 

Page revised 30th June 2019.