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Fringe Events

25 January 2017 - 12:33pm -- miranda
Festival EventsSunday, February 26

Fringe Events

FREE
2017-02-26 15:00:00

15:00

Maurice Collins

Fringe events are free and unticketed

Bizarre & Outlandish Gadgets & Doohickeys

3 pm, Sunday 26th Febraury, The Limehouse Room

Maurice Collins has been collecting gadgets, contraptions, and doohickeys from bygone eras for more than 40 years. Born in London’s East End in the mid-1930s, he served in the British Royal Air Force and later started his own printing company specializing in boxed games and cartons. Hear him talk about his latest book, Bizarre & Outlandish Gadgets & Doohickeys: Used in Eevryday Life - 1851 to 1951. Hundreds of 19th- and 20th-century curiosities and contraptions are catalogued in this amusing assembly of more than 1,000 images. The days from the first Great Industrial Exhibition of 1851 to the post-WWII Festival of Britain saw rapid technological advancement throughout the United Kingdom and elsewhere, and countless numbers of products, from the ingenious to the idiotic, appeared on the market. Marvel at the multitude of devices humankind has conceived, some of which could be considered forerunners of modern-day conveniences like smartphones and computers.