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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 →

Telstar 1962/1963

The above photograph can be found in our collection of Evershed & Vignoles Ltd (E&V) photographs and is one of six images under the title, “television components associated with Telstar”. Telstar is the name given to several communications satellites the... Continue Reading →

Westminster Abbey – King George V Coronation Electric Lighting, 1911

With the impending wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May 2018 at Windsor Castle, we thought it would be an appropriate time to revisit one of the more unusual items in the IET Archive collections relating to... Continue Reading →

The Awards and Medals of H. Peter Jost – A New Acquisition!

Professor H. Peter Jost CBE (1921-2016) was the 1977 President of one of the IET’s predecessors, the Institution of Production Engineers (IProdE), and he was made an Honorary Fellow of the IProdE in 1980. He was closely associated with the... Continue Reading →

Clifford Rees Webb and the Shanghai Power Company, China, in the 1930s

The above photograph shows the offices and switch house of the Shanghai Power Company, and is one of many photographs showing the company’s power station, company facilities, the Shanghai area, and electricity infrastructure in the surrounding area that can be... Continue Reading →

Circlorama Cinema Films, 1962-1965

The above image shows a Circlorama camera rig being fitted to the specially erected staging on a conflate wagon. This photograph was taken prior to a ‘special run’ being made by a train between Waterloo and Wimbledon in order to... Continue Reading →

Standard Telephones & Cables (STC) Factory at New Southgate

STC, the British telephone, telegraph, radio, telecommunications, and related equipment manufacturer started out life in London in 1883 as International Western Electric (the UK arm of the US company Western Electric). It only became known as STC in 1925 after... Continue Reading →

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