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Dynamo Collection

"Dynamo: Powering the Past and Shaping the Future" Step back in time to witness the remarkable history of dynamo

Background imageDynamo Collection: SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c. 1940

SS St Julien as a hospital ship, at Newport Docks, c. 1940
This image shows SS St Julien at Newport Docks following her conversion into a hospital ship, as denoted by the red cross painted on the side of her hull

Background imageDynamo Collection: Corliss steam engine, circa 1900 C016 / 4584

Corliss steam engine, circa 1900 C016 / 4584
Corliss steam engine, circa 1900. This view shows the engines dynamo and rope drive. Corliss steam engines were a type of engine used to provide mechanical power in factories

Background imageDynamo Collection: Patent turbo electric generator

Patent turbo electric generator (steam motor and dynamo combined), 1890 Date: 1890

Background imageDynamo Collection: HMS Wakeful - W-Class Destroyer

HMS Wakeful - W-Class Destroyer Date: 1939

Background imageDynamo Collection: An engraving depicting Edison's Jumbo Engine-driver Dynamo on show at the Paris Electrical

An engraving depicting Edison's Jumbo Engine-driver Dynamo on show at the Paris Electrical Exhibition of 1881
5311347 An engraving depicting Edison's Jumbo Engine-driver Dynamo on show at the Paris Electrical Exhibition of 1881

Background imageDynamo Collection: Detail of a switchboard in a dynamo room, between 1900 and 1905. Creator: Unknown

Detail of a switchboard in a dynamo room, between 1900 and 1905. Creator: Unknown
Detail of a switchboard in a dynamo room, between 1900 and 1905

Background imageDynamo Collection: U.S.S. Oregon, dynamo room, between 1896 and 1901. Creator: Unknown

U.S.S. Oregon, dynamo room, between 1896 and 1901. Creator: Unknown
U.S.S. Oregon, dynamo room, between 1896 and 1901

Background imageDynamo Collection: U.S.S. Oregon switchboard in dynamo room, between 1896 and 1901. Creator: Edward H Hart

U.S.S. Oregon switchboard in dynamo room, between 1896 and 1901. Creator: Edward H Hart
U.S.S. Oregon switchboard in dynamo room, between 1896 and 1901

Background imageDynamo Collection: U.S.S. Massachusetts, dynamo room, between 1896 and 1901. Creator: Unknown

U.S.S. Massachusetts, dynamo room, between 1896 and 1901. Creator: Unknown
U.S.S. Massachusetts, dynamo room, between 1896 and 1901

Background imageDynamo Collection: Esquisse pour le salon des Sciences de l'Hôtel de Ville de Paris : La Physique, c.1889 - 1892

Esquisse pour le salon des Sciences de l'Hôtel de Ville de Paris : La Physique, c.1889 - 1892
Esquisse pour le salon des Sciences de l'Hotel de Ville de Paris : La Physique, between 1889 and 1892. Physics: allegorical figure, dynamo, telephone receiver

Background imageDynamo Collection: MV Royal Daffodil, Eagle Steamer

MV Royal Daffodil, Eagle Steamer
M.V Royal Daffodil Eagle Steamer, WW2 service including Operation Dynamo, Dunkirk evacuation

Background imageDynamo Collection: Grande Machine Dynamo-Electrique De M Edison (engraving)

Grande Machine Dynamo-Electrique De M Edison (engraving)
2817683 Grande Machine Dynamo-Electrique De M Edison (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Grande Machine Dynamo-Electrique De M Edison)

Background imageDynamo Collection: Wildes Dynamo (chromolitho)

Wildes Dynamo (chromolitho)
2802088 Wildes Dynamo (chromolitho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Wildes Dynamo. Illustration for one of a series of cigarette cards on Famous Inventions)

Background imageDynamo Collection: A dynamo driven by a turbine (b / w photo)

A dynamo driven by a turbine (b / w photo)
3652698 A dynamo driven by a turbine (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A dynamo driven by a turbine)

Background imageDynamo Collection: The improved Dynamometer of M Regnier

The improved Dynamometer of M Regnier. Date: 1803

Background imageDynamo Collection: The New Electric Boat 'Electricity, 'recently successfully tested upon the Thames (engraving)

The New Electric Boat "Electricity, "recently successfully tested upon the Thames (engraving)
1061163 The New Electric Boat " Electricity, " recently successfully tested upon the Thames (engraving) by English School

Background imageDynamo Collection: Machine Dynamo-Electrique Recettrice De M Marcel Deprez, Actionnee, A L Exposition De Munich

Machine Dynamo-Electrique Recettrice De M Marcel Deprez, Actionnee, A L Exposition De Munich... (engraving)
2817619 Machine Dynamo-Electrique Recettrice De M Marcel Deprez, Actionnee, A L Exposition De Munich... (engraving) by French School

Background imageDynamo Collection: The largest asylum for the insane in America (b / w photo)

The largest asylum for the insane in America (b / w photo)
6002635 The largest asylum for the insane in America (b/w photo) by American Photographer (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The largest asylum for the insane in America)

Background imageDynamo Collection: Machine Dynamo-Electrique Generatrice D Electricite, De M Marcel Deprez, Ayant Fonctionne

Machine Dynamo-Electrique Generatrice D Electricite, De M Marcel Deprez, Ayant Fonctionne... (engraving)
2817620 Machine Dynamo-Electrique Generatrice D Electricite, De M Marcel Deprez, Ayant Fonctionne... (engraving) by French School

Background imageDynamo Collection: Men working in the batteries and dynamo machine room before going to print

Men working in the batteries and dynamo machine room before going to print. Date: 1881

Background imageDynamo Collection: Inside the school room for artist that are turning the artwork into engravings using

Inside the school room for artist that are turning the artwork into engravings using the new electro-dynamo machines that saved many hours in electrotyping, to go into the weekly Graphic. Date: 1881

Background imageDynamo Collection: International Electric Exhibition 1882

International Electric Exhibition 1882
Interior of International Electric Exhibition at Crystal Palace, showing Edison Exhibit and Siemens chandeliers. Date: 1882

Background imageDynamo Collection: Dynamos at the Great Underground Generating Station at Lots Road, Chelsea, 1930

Dynamos at the Great Underground Generating Station at Lots Road, Chelsea, 1930. From " The Wonder Book of Railways", edited by Harry Golding. [Ward, Lock & Co

Background imageDynamo Collection: Dynamo-Electric Machines, Worked by Steam, and Producing Magneto-Electricity, 1882

Dynamo-Electric Machines, Worked by Steam, and Producing Magneto-Electricity, 1882. From " St. Nicholas: Volume IX. Part I. November 1881, to May 1882". [Scribner & Co. New York, 1882]

Background imageDynamo Collection: Armstrong Whitworth FK10, N511, built by Phoenix Dynamo

Armstrong Whitworth FK10, N511, built by Phoenix Dynamo
Armstrong Whitworth FK10, N511, built by the Phoenix Dynamo manufacturing Co of Bradford

Background imageDynamo Collection: Gramme dynamo, the first practical dynamo, invented in 1870 by Zenobe Theophile Gramme

Gramme dynamo, the first practical dynamo, invented in 1870 by Zenobe Theophile Gramme

Background imageDynamo Collection: Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor, with his first dynamo for producing electric light, 1880s

Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor, with his first dynamo for producing electric light, 1880s. Edison (1847-1931) was a prolific inventor who registered over 1000 patents

Background imageDynamo Collection: Dynamos, c19th century

Dynamos, c19th century

Background imageDynamo Collection: Siemens, Werner von (1816-1892). Engraving

Siemens, Werner von (1816-1892). Engraving
Siemens, Werner von (Lenthe, 1816-Charlottenburg, 1892). German engineer. Nineteenth-century engraving

Background imageDynamo Collection: Electric machine engraving 1895

Electric machine engraving 1895
Meyers Konversations-Lexikon. Ein Nachschlagewerk des allgemeinen Wissens, 5th edition 17 volumes Bibliographisches Institut - Leipzig 1895-1897

Background imageDynamo Collection: Armstrong Whitworth FK10, N511, built by the Phoenix Dyn?

Armstrong Whitworth FK10, N511, built by the Phoenix Dyn?
Armstrong Whitworth FK10, N511, built by the Phoenix Dynamo manufacturing Co of Bradford

Background imageDynamo Collection: Torpedo Gun Boat, Dynamo Room in the Fore Part of the Vessel, 1888 Engraving

Torpedo Gun Boat, Dynamo Room in the Fore Part of the Vessel, 1888 Engraving

Background imageDynamo Collection: STEAM-DRIVEN DYNAMO. Built by Westinghouse, late 19th century

STEAM-DRIVEN DYNAMO. Built by Westinghouse, late 19th century

Background imageDynamo Collection: Built by the English physicist Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti (1864-1930), late 19th century

Built by the English physicist Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti (1864-1930), late 19th century
ALTERNATING-CURRENT DYNAMO. Built by the English physicist Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti (1864-1930), late 19th century

Background imageDynamo Collection: Michael Faraday (1791-1867) British physicist and chemist. From a hand-tinted photograph

Michael Faraday (1791-1867) British physicist and chemist. From a hand-tinted photograph

Background imageDynamo Collection: Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) American inventor, with his first dynamo for producing

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) American inventor, with his first dynamo for producing electric light

Background imageDynamo Collection: Michael Faraday (1791-1867) British physicist and chemist. Top left, reading when

Michael Faraday (1791-1867) British physicist and chemist. Top left, reading when apprenticed to Riebau as a bookbinder: top right: experimenting

Background imageDynamo Collection: Zenobe Theophile Gramme (1826-1901) Belgian electrical engineer who settled in France in his 20s

Zenobe Theophile Gramme (1826-1901) Belgian electrical engineer who settled in France in his 20s. Invented the direct current dynamo (c1871). Engraving c1901

Background imageDynamo Collection: Torpedo Gun Boat, Dynamo Room in the Fore Part of the Vessel, 1888 Engraving

Torpedo Gun Boat, Dynamo Room in the Fore Part of the Vessel, 1888 Engraving

Background imageDynamo Collection: Magnetosphere, artwork C017 / 0762

Magnetosphere, artwork C017 / 0762
Magnetosphere. Computer artwork showing the shape of the Magnetosphere (blue) of an astronomical object. A magnetosphere is the area of space near an astronomical object in which charged particles

Background imageDynamo Collection: Michael Faraday, British physicist C017 / 7117

Michael Faraday, British physicist C017 / 7117
Michael Faraday (1791-1867), British chemist and physicist, demonstrating his magnetic spark generator, forerunner of the dynamo

Background imageDynamo Collection: Thomson-Houston dynamo, 1897

Thomson-Houston dynamo, 1897
Thomson-Houston dynamo. 19th-century artwork of the bipolar dynamo (producing 20 to 90 kilowatts of power) and electric generator manufactured by the Thomson-Houston Electric Company

Background imageDynamo Collection: Faraday on electromagnetism, 1831

Faraday on electromagnetism, 1831
Faraday on electromagnetism. Page from the notebooks of British physicist Michael Faraday (1791-1867), showing notes and a diagram of an electromagnetic generator

Background imageDynamo Collection: Blasting trigger mechanism, artwork

Blasting trigger mechanism, artwork
Blasting trigger mechanism, historical artwork. The cutaway section shows the internal mechanism that is triggered by the plunger used to set off an explosion

Background imageDynamo Collection: Westinghouse electric generator, 1897

Westinghouse electric generator, 1897
Westinghouse electric generator. 19th-century artwork of a compound-type generator (right) directly coupled to a dynamo (left) by a flexible sleeve

Background imageDynamo Collection: Industrial dynamos, historical image C017 / 7872

Industrial dynamos, historical image C017 / 7872
Industrial dynamos. Historical image of a group of engineers and workers in front of an industrial-scale set of dynamos. Dynamos are devices that convert the power of rotary motion into electrical

Background imageDynamo Collection: Faradays magnetic spark

Faradays magnetic spark
Spark generator. A magnetic spark generator made in 1832 by British scientist Michael Faraday (1791-1867). It consists of an insulated copper coil wound around a bobbin

Background imageDynamo Collection: Electrical power station, 1890

Electrical power station, 1890
Electrical power station. 19th-century artwork of the inside of an electrical power station built for the Halles area of Paris, France




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"Dynamo: Powering the Past and Shaping the Future" Step back in time to witness the remarkable history of dynamo, a revolutionary invention that transformed industries and propelled technological advancements. From hospital ships to steam engines, patent generators to electric boats, dynamos have played a pivotal role in shaping our world. In 1940, the SS St Julien stood proudly at Newport Docks, serving as a hospital ship during times of war. Its reliance on dynamo-powered machinery ensured efficient operations and provided critical medical support. Dating back to circa 1900, the Corliss steam engine showcased the early ingenuity behind dynamos. This marvel of engineering harnessed steam power to generate electricity with precision and reliability. The patent turbo electric generator marked yet another milestone in dynamo's evolution. With its innovative design, it revolutionized power generation by efficiently converting mechanical energy into electrical energy. Onboard the MV Royal Daffodil, an Eagle Steamer vessel powered by dynamos sailed across vast waters. These powerful machines enabled smooth navigation while providing essential lighting and electrical systems for passengers' comfort. An engraving depicting Grande Machine Dynamo-Electrique De M Edison captures Thomas Edison's contribution to this field. His relentless pursuit of innovation led him to develop groundbreaking dynamos that fueled progress worldwide. The vibrant chromolithograph showcasing Wildes Dynamo highlights not only its functionality but also its artistic appeal. Dynamos became symbols of industrial prowess and inspired creative expressions through their mesmerizing presence. A black-and-white photograph reveals a turbine-driven dynamo in action—a testament to how these machines harnessed natural forces like wind or water for generating electricity efficiently and sustainably. M Regnier's improved Dynamometer brought accuracy and precision into measuring dynamo performance—an invaluable tool for engineers striving for optimal efficiency in power generation processes. Witnessing "Electricity, " the New Electric Boat successfully tested on London's Thames River was awe-inspiring.