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Eccentric Contraptions: An Amazing Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamambobs Paperback – 24 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (24 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715318217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715318218
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 16.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 596,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fascinating and humorous,this book will intrigue and amuse and is a testament to human ingenuity and resourcefulness. -- Antiques Info, September 1, 2004

About the Author

As well as being a passionate collector of gadgets, Maurice Collins also has extraordinary collections of posters and printed ephemera and gives regular talks about his collections. He is the co-founder of the charity Kith & Kids, which provides a range of services to families with disabled children and has been awarded an OBE for his services to disabled people. He has also been the chairman of Haringey Mencap and Mencap London Region. He lives in North London.

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The Victorians and Edwardians were mad keen on their morning cup of tea, and would go to ingenious lengths to make it without having to get out of bed. Read the first page
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By P. campbell on 21 Mar. 2014
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this book as they say " does what it says on the tin"
the front cover says it all.
very entertaining
we had the pleasure of meeting the author on a cruise recently where he gave a talk on some of these items which he had with him, passing them around for us to guess what they were.
he is a true gentleman.
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By Mrs. J.Graham on 23 Feb. 2014
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Good extension of exhibition being held in St. Allbans with further information and detailed pictures Good for history and general interrest
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A good coffee table book 26 July 2007
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Actually I bought this book as a gift to my brother. After flipping through the pages, I decided to read it cover to cover. It's a very interesting and easy read. You can finish it in a couple hours. What I did was I looked at the picture and tried to guess what the gadget was before reading the description. That added more fun to the book.

If you enjoy this book, you might also like Ingenious Gadgets by the same authors. I got both books for my brother. They're good gift books.
Wonderful 18 Mar. 2013
By Eielofview - Published on
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This book is filled with page after page of colorful photographs and descriptions of unique and interesting devices that show you the creativity that once was. The usual items were used to fill specific needs in Victorian era homes and offices.
This is a great conversation starter, a place to start learning about the past with your children or a wonderful read through to pass the time and spark the imagination.
Love it!! 29 May 2012
By Sonja Shafer - Published on
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Ingenious contraptions, funny, useful and entertaining. I kept mine in the 'reading room' ;-)
I'd highly recommend this fun book.
Electronic Contraptions 21 Feb. 2013
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This book was very interesting - it would have been better to see some shots of the "items" being used in real life.
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Helps with my horseback riding and trail riding.
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