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Naming Your Child After an Influential Teacher!

We recently discovered a fascinating letter written in 1907 by the electrical engineer and author, William Perren Maycock. The above photograph shows William Perren Maycock around 1895, and is taken from a series of 55 photographs of ‘eminent electrical engineers’... Continue Reading →

Lost British Cinemas and their Original Lighting by British Thomson-Houston

The following images, taken in 1913, come from our collection of British Thomson-Houston (BTH) images, and focus on some of those then newly built cinemas that have not survived to the present day. They show some of the first installations... Continue Reading →

Persia in the 1920s

The above photograph, taken in 1925, shows flour mills at the village of ‘Bund Amir’, today known as Band-e Amir in Shiraz County, Fars Province, Iran. The photograph is one of many taken in Fars Province in 1925 by the... Continue Reading →

Derek J E Hosking’s Faraday House Engineering College Certificates and Medals

The IET Archives recently received a donation comprising a lovely collection of Faraday House certificates and medals that were awarded to Derek Hosking in the early 1950s. The IET Archives already held some Faraday House material, which is perhaps unsurprising... Continue Reading →

S P Thompson and his Challenge to the Edison/Bell Telephone Patents

Silvanus Phillips Thompson (1851-1916) is perhaps best known as a professor of physics at the City and Guilds Technical College in Finsbury, London, and for his work as an electrical engineer and author. What is possibly less well known is... Continue Reading →

Early 20th Century Optics Pamphlets

We recently received back from conservation specialists several volumes of pamphlets from our S. P. Thompson collection of pamphlets. This has allowed us to examine these pamphlets in detail for the first time since they came into the possession of... Continue Reading →

Methods of Lighting in Ancient Japan

The ‘publication’ shown above was produced by the Japanese Illuminating Engineering Society in December 1930, and is titled Nippon Kotoki Taikan: Methods of Lighting in Ancient Japan. The work comprises a decorative presentation box (fabric on wood) with the title... Continue Reading →

IEE Staff Social Club Bulletins of the 1950s

The IEE Social Club was formed circa 1938 for the staff at the IEE's Savoy Place in London and it held its first Annual Dinner in December 1938. The President of the IEE Social Club in the 1950s was William... Continue Reading →

ELECTRICAL ADVERTISEMENTS IN ENGINEERING RECORDS 1900-1960

Advertisements are ubiquitous; they pervade our television sets, radio waves, billboards, newspapers and most recently social media. The first kind of advertising dates back to ancient times when announcements were made to publicise events. This blog looks at a small... Continue Reading →

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