Inventions that Didn’t Change the World


A captivating selection of inventions catalogued and registered in 19th-century Britain, as revealed through unpublished illustrations from the National Archives

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Julie Halls


Welcome to the world of Victorian product design, and the improbable inventions that never quite made it into production during Britain’s period as the workshop of the world. These genuine domestic and professional designs, registered in the 19th century for the most unlikely innovations, have been boxed away – until now – deep in the vaults of The National Archives.

Meticulous illustrations and descriptions accompany the boldest of claims for making daily life in a newly industrialized world that little bit easier. These truly are design solutions to the problems you never knew you had.

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Weight 876 g
Dimensions 17.7 x 24.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2014
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17.7 x 24.7 cm
Weight 876 g


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Julie Halls is a curator and specialist in 19th-century registered designs at the National Archives.