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Household Heating, Lighting and Hygiene in the 19th and 20th Centuries

This selection of approximately 110 images deals with household heat, lighting and hygiene from the 19th to the 20th century. These 3-D objects, illustrations and photographs reveal the evolution of comfort and technology in domestic life.

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  • Illustrations and objects related to the pumping and distribution of water, bathing, hygiene and the cleaning of clothes and the home;
  • Illustrations and objects related to household heating and lighting with candles, oil, gas and electricity;
  • Illustrations and objects related to the creation of the aqueduct and electrical systems.

 

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Bath (foot) (M18949)

Bath (foot)
19th century
M18949

Catalogue illustration of a stove (M930.50.7.395)

Engraving
Catalogue illustration of a stove
John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
1857, 19th century
M930.50.7.395

Light bulb (M21337)

Light bulb
1890-1920, 19th century or 20th century
M21337