The Museum of Old Electrical Items

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The Museum of Old Electrical Items

Post by mab01uk »

I remember a lot of these items were still in use in the late 1960's in older houses like my parents 1930's dad installed a modern ring main later in the 1970's to replace the original 1930's 2-pin sockets in the skirting boards (I remember the 2-pin plugs used to sometimes get quite warm) while some portable electrical items were plugged straight into a convenient bayonet ceiling light fitting! This was necessary as at the time, many properties did not have socket outlets in all or even any rooms, yet most would have a pendant light in the centre of the ceiling. ... daptor.cs4

Old Sockets, Lamps, Plugs. Gems or Tat?
A box of gems, or tat. A collection of older round pin sockets, plugs and other assorted items.

Pepperpot Fuses, Switch and Meter Card
"Ceramic rewireable fuses with a 'pepperpot' design, a double pole switch made from two single switches and a meter reading card from the 1950s."

Lots more in....The Museum of Old Electrical Items:-

John Ward also does some great instructional videos on modern electrical stuff.
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Post by 850man »

We once used Mercury vapor rectifiers for our DC power supplied trams here in Melbourne. Small buildings at equal spaced distances to house them, with big fans built into the walls to keep them cool. They would run the rectifiers day & night and at night time you could see the purple light emitted from them through the cooling fan vents. It was like seeing Dr Frankenstein's laboratory from the outside, somewhat frightening for myself as a small child in the early 1980s.
They are of course all gone now, but some of the buildings still remain.
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