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Alyse Tomlinson-Lee – Electricity Showroom Demonstrator of the 1920s/1930s

The above photograph is taken from an article in The Electrician, 19 August 1927 and has the caption, ‘Miss Alyse Tomlinson-Lee, who, as announced in last weeks' issue, has been appointed attendant and demonstrator at the Leyton Electricity Showrooms’. The... Continue Reading →

Electric vehicles; a history of innovation

“Its possibilities are simply boundless”  This was the reply given by Walter C Bersey when asked what he thought were the possibilities of the electric carriage in 1898. Mr Bersey became an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers... Continue Reading →

Dealing with Anthrax in 1921

In 1921 the British Government’s Home Office published a pamphlet titled, ‘Prevention of Anthrax Among Industrial Workers: Memorandum on the Disinfecting Station Established in Great Britain for Disinfection of Wool and Hair’. We have a copy of this pamphlet in... Continue Reading →

London Camera Club

A recent blog delved into a volume of recently conserved pamphlets in the IET Archives, originally in the collection of S P Thompson, which was on the subject of optics. Another pamphlet volume also recently conserved has the title ‘optics... Continue Reading →

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 →

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