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Ingenious Gadgets: Guess the Obscure Purpose of Over 100 Eccentric Contraptions Paperback – 30 Sep 2005


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (30 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715321897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715321898
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 16.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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 Nickers on 26 Dec 2011
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Just a fascinating review of some household and industrial gadgets. A quick read as the photographs are annotated but clear, concise and written with humour. Something I will continue to pick up on over the years as another reference source of inspiration.
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By Fema on 18 Jun 2011
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If you like gadgets and all weird stuff, you'll like this book. I bought it for my boyfriend who is an engeneer and he loves it.
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By EDB on 2 Dec 2014
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Fascinating book with good illustrations and informative text.
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A Fun Look at Some Really Weird Contraptions! 26 May 2006
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
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Originally published in England, this book showcases 100+ weird and wacky - and sometimes, really nifty - gadgets from the last 100 years. Nuts-and-bolts fans and antiquers will love this book; it's a hoot!

Paging through this book is like stepping back into history. You marvel at the inventiveness of those nameless not-always-crackpot inventors who came up with...

a Clockwork Fly Scarer to chase flies away from Victorian dinner tables...
a Sack Tying machine for circa 1890s Americans to use on their sacks...
or a Depression-era Bread Slicer to slice that loaf really thin and make it last longer..

And then there's off-the-wall items like Asthma Necklaces, Whiskey Containers hidden in imitation binoculars, Tennis Ball Cleaners, a Miser's Snuff Box and a Wrist Fire Siren!

It's all funny and educational at the same time. This would make a wonderful stocking stuffer for any number of people!

Buy - Enjoy!
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Ingenious Gadgets 21 Feb 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall - a great little books of interesting "gadgets" - it would have been nice to see drawings/pics of the items in use. A great little coffe table book.
Happy recipient 5 July 2012
By L. Root - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought 'Ingenious Gadgets' as a Father's Day gift. It arrived quickly and in good shape. He's thrilled with it. He said it's a fascinating book. He also said he could NOT identify more than a third of the objects by sight, so there are a good number of surprises in there for him to discover. 2 thumbs up =)
AWESOME! 29 May 2012
By Sonja Shafer - Published on Amazon.com
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Ingenious contraptions, funny, useful and entertaining. I kept mine in the 'reading room' ;-)
I'd highly recommend this fun book.
Four Stars 5 Nov 2014
By Leo Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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delightful little book about curious gadgets
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