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Vintage Technology, Gizmos and Gadgets

Vintage Technology, Gizmos and Gadgets

Vintage Technology, Gizmos and Gadgets

Well, what a rotten summer we have had here in the UK. No wonder many of us like to pack our suitcases and head for sunnier climes! Instead, I’m sat here writing a blog for you on Vintage Technology, Gizmos and Gadgets, looking at the rain out of the window!

However, there are those of us whom actually prefer, instead of soaking up the sun sat on a beach, to spend time at museums or adding to our collection of eclectic museum worthy objects! OK, this does happen to be mainly menfolk, for many of whom the thought of a beach holiday causes them to shiver from the boredom and, in my other half’s case, the expense! (He is from the county of Yorkshire in the UK, known for their tendency to be a bit loathe to part with their cash!) But it isn’t just the gentlemen whom like their weird and wonderful objects, some of us Ladies are getting involved in this collecting trend too!

The Weather

Now I wouldn’t be British if I didn’t at least mention the weather in a blog about vintage technology, gizmos and gadgets!

I happen to be a scientist by trade and get totally fed up with TV ‘Weather Forecasts.’ You wake up expecting a nice warm day, look out of the window and it’s so dark outside you think you have woken up in the middle of the night! Where’s that sun they promised me today?

I bought a vintage barometer for home use. Its stylish, better looking than the average TV weather forecaster and more accurate!

Vintage F Darton Metal case Thermo Barograph
Vintage F Darton Metal case Thermo Barograph

 

Let’s face it, there are some fantastic weird and wonderful objects out there for us to collect. Too many to list but lots to suit individual tastes.

Some remind us of a visit to a museum from childhood or we work in an industry/ business where technology has changed over the decades and we like to collect pieces of kit that were used in an earlier age.

Then there are those whom love the design and engineering behind the kit. Some of which we can no longer use but they make great talking points in the man cave or she den.

Early Communication, Post Office and Telegraph

These wonderful early communication devices are pre-mobile phones, extremely tactile, made from wood and brass, and well engineered! Great objects for the Man cave!

 

 

Other gizmos may have been superseded by modern technology but look great as home decor or a talking point at a dinner party!

In fact, a friend of ours collects vintage tools and, after a few too many glasses of wine, proceeded to empty his large and heavy tool box on to the vintage oak dinner party dining table. He then had a game of ‘Guess what this tool was used for?’ and explained their use to us in great detail (good job we’d also had a glass of wine or two!). Needless to say his wife did not share his enthusiasm, with oil and additional scratches to her beautifully french polished table! We, however, had a wonderful time!

Medical

Then other gadgets are just for those whom love the history or are just ghouls! Have you seen some of those pieces of old medical and dentist kit that look more like torture instruments? Shudder! But a great talking point all the same. My other half has an old leather dentist chair, which he loves. Need I say any more!

 

Militaria

Who wouldn’t like to own a gadget that was used in a WW2 submarine or a piece of the Titanic? Wow, just think that Leonardo DiCaprio may have touched that piece of wood- sigh! Sorry folks, that wasn’t the real Titanic just a Hollywood dream!

 

They don’t make them like they used too! That’s true and it is mainly a positive. Where would we be today if it wasn’t for innovation and advancement in technology but…

Bakelite

The styling and composition of some of the old technology is amazing. Just take a look at these items made of Bakelite. One of the first plastics available in the 19th Century. If you don’t know what it is, have a read of this blog.

 

 

It almost doesn’t matter what the gizmos and gadgets were used for but the fact that people collect these items means that they are preserved for our future generations and for that reason alone I say keep on collecting!

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