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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 →

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 →

Abbé Jean-Antoine Nollet (1700-1770) vs Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Jean-Antoine Nollet was a French clergyman (known as Abbé Nollet) and a physicist. He was particularly interested in the ‘new science of electricity’, which he explored with the help of Du Fey and Reaumur. He joined the Royal Society of... Continue Reading →

Electric Illumination Exhibition at the Science Museum, 1936

The above image shows the cover of a booklet titled, 'Electric illumination: an account of the principles, applications and development of electric lighting', written by W T O'Dea BSc AMIEE for the Board of Education and the Science Museum in... Continue Reading →

The Bachelor Girls’ Exhibition, London, 1930

In November 1930 an exhibition took place in the New Horticultural Hall, Westminster, London that was titled, ‘The Bachelor Girls Exhibition’. According to Fiona Anne Seaton Hackney’s 2010 thesis on ‘Feminine modernity and the feminine imagination in women’s magazines 1919-1939’,... Continue Reading →

The papers of R A W Connor: power generation and supply

The IET archives has recently completed the cataloguing of a collection of papers belonging to Raymond Arthur W Connor, an electrical engineer who spent most of his working life at the Eastern Electricity Board. Connor is depicted in the image... Continue Reading →

18th Century Electric Toys

Amongst the IET’s rare books stored in the archives is a book in German published in 1795 with the title ‘Sammlung electrisher Spielwerke fur junge Electriker’, or in English, ‘collection of electrical toys for young electricians’. The book was written... Continue Reading →

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