Labour Saving and Entertaining
Perdio Portable Transistor Radio, late 1950s
Until the invention of the electronic transistor, radios had been large static devices that the whole family would sit around. In the late 1950s, small, portable transistor radios like this were all the rage for the newly identified teenager. With a socket for an earphone and a leather carry case, this small Perdio model (the brand name comes from Personal Radio) was perfect for listening in your bedroom or to take out and about.
Premier Chrome Toaster, 1930's
An early electric toaster. It did not have the pop-up function that we are used today, instead you had to open the front flap and turn the bread to toast the other side. Although this may not have made making breakfast any easier, its relatively small and portable size made it a useful addition to some kitchens.
Hoover Dustette, Model 100 in its original cardboard box, 1940s.
The Hoover Dustette was launched in the UK in 1930 to complement the larger machines designed for cleaning carpets and floors. Designed and marketed as a handheld 'duster' for cleaning upholstery. It was expensive at £4.19.6d - the equivalent of £216 in modern currency - as were the larger models, so vacuum cleaners remained a luxury item until after the Second World War. The box has a white paper label printed in red 'War Time Packaging, handle with care'.