A suitable “bend heater”…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s really good name for an artist is Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. (K S R)

Oh, it seems ages since we had a look in my copy of The 1954 Gadgets Annual – one of my favourite old junk shop books. 1954 – not long after the end of WWII, when times were hard and people had to repair things that broke down, and had to keep things working, rather than throwing them away and buying new ones, as we do now. Here is a picture of the title page:

DSCN3900Before we look at today’s featured handy gadget, let’s quickly thumb through these yellowing pages and see what other treats might be in store, there are two or three on each page: An Inexpensive Tool Holder, Rubber Strip Waterproof Beading for Garage Doors, A Collapsible Thong Shopping Bag, Make Small Washers From Wire, Handy Tweezers Made From Scrap Steel, A Gadget to Avoid Losing Gloves…

‘What is it now Albert?’
‘Madge dear, I was thinking of making some nice colourful plastic hooks for the back of the living room door.’
‘What for?’
‘Well to hang things on, hats maybe, they would be handy…’
‘Hm… Have you been reading that silly Gadgets Magazine again?’
‘Well I…’
‘It’s waste of money!’
‘Madge, do you happen to know if we have any refractory material kicking about anywhere in the house?’
‘No Albert, and I don’t even know what that is, and if… Albert!…’
‘Yes dear?’
‘What’s happened to the electric fire in the front room? It’s lying on the carpet, in pieces!…’
‘Oh, it’ll soon go back together again dear…’
‘Yes Albert! Right now!…’
‘Yes dear…’

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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