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Novelty Collection

"Embracing the Unconventional: A Glimpse into Novelty Through Time" Acme Moustache Guard: Pushing boundaries of facial hair fashion

Background imageNovelty Collection: Acme Moustache Guard

Acme Moustache Guard
The Acme Moustache Guard. Solid comfort while eating. No use for napkins - does not interfere with use of mouth. Made of gold or silver plate. Everyone should have one!

Background imageNovelty Collection: A sack race in Swanley, Kent. 1939

A sack race in Swanley, Kent. 1939

Background imageNovelty Collection: Elephant painting with his trunk

Elephant painting with his trunk, Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Asia

Background imageNovelty Collection: The Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

The Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

Background imageNovelty Collection: The Watlington White Mark, Oxfordshire

The Watlington White Mark, Oxfordshire. The chalk scar was dug into Watlington Hill in 1764 to give the illusion that the town's church had a spire

Background imageNovelty Collection: The Aquarium, pub. 1873 (colour litho)

The Aquarium, pub. 1873 (colour litho)
2646269 The Aquarium, pub. 1873 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection; American, out of copyright

Background imageNovelty Collection: Music cover, The Irish Tango

Music cover, The Irish Tango, novelty song, words by J Brandon Walsh, music by Ernest Breuer. 1914

Background imageNovelty Collection: 1st Steam Fire Engine

1st Steam Fire Engine
The first steam-powered fire engine by Ericsson and Braithwaite, used at several fires very successfully

Background imageNovelty Collection: Novelty Camel Early C18

Novelty Camel Early C18
A bactrian or two-humped camel not a dromedary as billed on this flyer. This camel was displayed with her young betwixt the Queens Head & Crooked Billet, Fleet bridge

Background imageNovelty Collection: Victor G Ginn & Co, catalogue (front cover)

Victor G Ginn & Co, catalogue (front cover)
Victor G Ginn & Co, High Holborn, London, catalogue (front cover), Price List of Carnival Novelties. 1939

Background imageNovelty Collection: Glass Perfume Bottle

Glass Perfume Bottle
A swinging scent spray: A scent spray which swings on a pivot is a useful and decorative novelty and an ideal last minute Christmas present. Date: 1936

Background imageNovelty Collection: U. S. mail steam ship Arctic: Collins line builders, hull by

U. S. mail steam ship Arctic: Collins line builders, hull by
U.S. mail steam ship Arctic: Collins line builders, hull by Wm. H. Brown N.Y. engines by Stillman Allen & Co. Novelty Works N.Y. Date c1850. U.S

Background imageNovelty Collection: Snowman toy, simulated X-ray

Snowman toy, simulated X-ray
Snowman toy. Simulated X-ray of a novelty snowman toy. The mechanism of cogs and electronics inside the toy causes it to play music and move

Background imageNovelty Collection: Paris Hotel

Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Background imageNovelty Collection: 'Fresh Icelandic mountain air' in a can, Iceland

"Fresh Icelandic mountain air" in a can, Iceland

Background imageNovelty Collection: Swiss Chalet music box; dolls house

Swiss Chalet music box; dolls house
3587258 Swiss Chalet music box; dolls house; (add.info.: Swiss Chalet music box; dolls house 1860.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageNovelty Collection: A wicker chair, the back modelled as a pair of crossed lawn tennis rackets, c.1900 (wicker)

A wicker chair, the back modelled as a pair of crossed lawn tennis rackets, c.1900 (wicker)
1767131 A wicker chair, the back modelled as a pair of crossed lawn tennis rackets, c.1900 (wicker); 101.6 high cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A wicker chair, circa 1900)

Background imageNovelty Collection: Braithwaite & Ericsson's locomotive Novelty

Braithwaite & Ericsson's locomotive Novelty
5308505 Braithwaite & Ericsson's locomotive Novelty'.; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Braithwaite & Ericsson's locomotive Novelty')

Background imageNovelty Collection: Swiss Chalet music box; dolls house

Swiss Chalet music box; dolls house
3587257 Swiss Chalet music box; dolls house; (add.info.: Swiss Chalet music box; dolls house 1860.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageNovelty Collection: Braithwaite & Ericsson's locomotive Novelty

Braithwaite & Ericsson's locomotive Novelty
5308504 Braithwaite & Ericsson's locomotive Novelty'.; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Braithwaite & Ericsson's locomotive Novelty')

Background imageNovelty Collection: Swiss made chest of drawers for a dolls house

Swiss made chest of drawers for a dolls house
3587142 Swiss made chest of drawers for a dolls house; (add.info.: Swiss made chest of drawers for a dolls house, 1795.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageNovelty Collection: Pug Dog, puppy 3 months old in Christmas scene

Pug Dog, puppy 3 months old in Christmas scene Date: 03-Oct-13

Background imageNovelty Collection: Ivan Markoff, a Russian cossack giant, early 20th century

Ivan Markoff, a Russian cossack giant, early 20th century
Ivan Markoff, who was famous as a Russian cossack giant in the early 20th century. Markoff is seen in London where the caption says he was being fitted for a new suit. He was reputed to be 9ft tall

Background imageNovelty Collection: Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Denmark: Kongens-Nytorf, at Copenhagen, 1864

Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Denmark: Kongens-Nytorf, at Copenhagen, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales to Denmark: scene in the square of Kongens-Nytorf, at Copenhagen, 1864. The townspeople of Copenhagen were gratified with a sight of his Royal Highness

Background imageNovelty Collection: Bray's Traction-engine, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Bray's Traction-engine, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Bray's Traction-engine, 1858....thousands of spectators...seemed much interested and astonished on seeing a steam-engine traversing the streets of London...Attached was a truck, or platform

Background imageNovelty Collection: Boar's Head Tureen and Stand, c.1750. Creator: Unknown

Boar's Head Tureen and Stand, c.1750. Creator: Unknown
Boar's Head Tureen and Stand, c.1750

Background imageNovelty Collection: Man with a viewing box, and a seller of songs, 1868-1928. Creator: Henry Reynolds Steer

Man with a viewing box, and a seller of songs, 1868-1928. Creator: Henry Reynolds Steer
Man with a viewing box, and a seller of songs, 1868-1928. A blind man with an early version of a magic lantern is accompanied by a young woman selling sheet music

Background imageNovelty Collection: Up We Go, New York, [1930s]. Creator: Unknown

Up We Go, New York, [1930s]. Creator: Unknown
Up We Go, New York, [1930s]. The Federal Theatre Project, created by the U.S. Works Progress Administration in 1935, was designed to conserve and develop the skills of theater workers

Background imageNovelty Collection: Novelty Bank, c. 1937. Creator: Alf Bruseth

Novelty Bank, c. 1937. Creator: Alf Bruseth
Novelty Bank, c. 1937

Background imageNovelty Collection: A Stockton supermarket sold two dozen cans of nothing during its first day trading in an

A Stockton supermarket sold two dozen cans of nothing during its first day trading in an exciting new product. It is described as steam from Locomotion Number One but each tin carries the warning

Background imageNovelty Collection: Picture No. 12479622

Picture No. 12479622
Cats wearing Christmas hats and glasses Date:

Background imageNovelty Collection: Wheelbarrow race JLP01_08_073952

Wheelbarrow race JLP01_08_073952
Copthall Stadium, Hendon, Barnet, Greater London. Men and women in position at the starting line of a wheelbarrow race at the annual Laing Sports Day held at Copthall Stadium

Background imageNovelty Collection: Sack race JLP01_08_073949

Sack race JLP01_08_073949
Copthall Stadium, Hendon, Barnet, Greater London. Two men jumping towards the finishing line of the mens sack race at the annual Laing Sports Day held at Copthall Stadium

Background imageNovelty Collection: Plastic Flamingos

Plastic Flamingos

Background imageNovelty Collection: A Thatched Shelter Suspended from a Tree (pencil & black ink on paper)

A Thatched Shelter Suspended from a Tree (pencil & black ink on paper)
XYC216256 A Thatched Shelter Suspended from a Tree (pencil & black ink on paper) by Ward, James (1769-1859); 17.8x11.4 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA

Background imageNovelty Collection: Lodge Park, built as a grandstand in the Sherborne Estate

Lodge Park, built as a grandstand in the Sherborne Estate near the villages of Sherborne, Aldsworth and Northleach in Gloucestershire, England

Background imageNovelty Collection: Joan Crawford Fan Mail

Joan Crawford Fan Mail
A fan's letter to Joan Crawford, using a portrait of her face in lieu of an address. Date: 1933

Background imageNovelty Collection: Hendon Aerodrome Pageant

Hendon Aerodrome Pageant
An air pageant held at Hendon Aerodrome, including a plane decorated as a pterodactyl, and a squadron of Hawker-Harts bombers flying in Wing-V formation. Date: 1932

Background imageNovelty Collection: Roller Skating Show

Roller Skating Show
Bella Avalon and Percy Athos perform an act on rollerskates in The New Prince's Frivolities at the New Prince's Theatre in London (later known as the Shaftesbury Theatre). Date: 1925

Background imageNovelty Collection: Knitted Golf club covers, suits for women. Captioned, For Golfers. With description

Knitted Golf club covers, suits for women. Captioned, For Golfers. With description
Knitted Golf club covers, suits for women. Captioned, For Golfers.... With description, The attractive little knitted caps to keep your golf sticks clean

Background imageNovelty Collection: Novelty line drawing of a lion's head faces the Union Flag

Novelty line drawing of a lion's head faces the Union Flag
The head is made up from the names of the Colonies - Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand and African Colonies. WW1 Date: circa 1915

Background imageNovelty Collection: Francoise Garrigues talks fashion

Francoise Garrigues talks fashion, novelty 7 inch cardboard 45 rpm record Date: 1961

Background imageNovelty Collection: Music cover, The Handsome Territorial, Joe Loss

Music cover, The Handsome Territorial, Joe Loss
Music cover, The Handsome Territorial, recorded by Joe Loss and His Band, WW2. Date: 1939

Background imageNovelty Collection: Music cover, The Chestnut Tree

Music cover, The Chestnut Tree, the Novelty Singing Dance Sensation. Date: 1938

Background imageNovelty Collection: Three comic profiles with movable chain

Three comic profiles with movable chain. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageNovelty Collection: Match holder in the form of a footballer wearing red and white striped kit (ceramic)

Match holder in the form of a footballer wearing red and white striped kit (ceramic)
NFM315370 Match holder in the form of a footballer wearing red and white striped kit (ceramic) by Hassall, John (1868-1948); National Football Museum, Manchester




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"Embracing the Unconventional: A Glimpse into Novelty Through Time" Acme Moustache Guard: Pushing boundaries of facial hair fashion, this novelty invention promises unrivaled mustache protection. Swanley's Sack Race, 1939: Witness the joyous chaos as participants hop their way to victory in a whimsical race that captures the essence of novelty. Elephant Painting with His Trunk: Marvel at the artistic prowess of an elephant as it defies expectations and creates a masterpiece using its trunk. The Atomium, Brussels, Belgium: Standing tall like a futuristic dream, this architectural marvel embodies innovation and novelty in every atom-shaped sphere. First Steam Fire Engine: Celebrating progress and ingenuity, this historical milestone marked a new era in firefighting technology. Novelty Camel Early C18: Step back in time to witness an eccentric creation - a camel adorned with peculiar novelties that captivated audiences centuries ago. Victor G Ginn & Co Catalogue (Front Cover): Flipping through these pages reveals a treasure trove of curiosities and oddities that epitomize the spirit of novelty. Glass Perfume Bottle: Delicate yet daring, this exquisite perfume bottle showcases how even everyday objects can be transformed into works of art through novel design concepts. U. S Mail Steam Ship Arctic by Collins Line Builders (Hull): Embark on a journey across vast oceans aboard this magnificent steamship – an engineering feat that revolutionized mail delivery systems with its sheer novelty. Music Cover - The Irish Tango: Experience the fusion of two worlds as traditional Irish music meets sultry tango rhythms in an unexpected musical arrangement that pushes boundaries and embraces novelty. Snowman Toy Simulated X-ray.