Rodney Dale and Rebecca Weaver
It is hard now to imagine the days before electric light turned night into day, or before television provided a choice of entertainment around the clock. The tremendous advances in science and technology during the 19th century resulted in a vast array of machines to ease and improve home life, including many gadgets designed purely for recreation, How did these affect leisure time in the home? And how did people amuse themselves before such a range of entertainments was available?
In this superbly illustrated survey Rodney Dale and Rebecca Weaver trace the development of the Inventions that have dramatically transformed our leisure activities, and look at some of the more traditional aspects of home entertainment, such as toys and indoor games. Patents, newspapers, advertisements, cartoons and sketches from contemporary sources illustrate the story of the moving picture, the talking machine, the wireless and other precursors of today's televisions and radios, music systems and home computers.
Discoveries and Inventions is a series focusing on areas of everyday life that have been radically changed by technological innovation, drawing on source material from the British library's wide-ranging collections.
Rodney Dale has spent a lifetime writing books at all levels on engineering and technology topics. Rebecca Weaver is a former teacher with a special interest in 18th and 19th century history.