Review: Julie Halls’ ‘Inventions That Didn’t Change the World’

January 3, 2015 11:46 PM

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Review: Julie Halls’ ‘Inventions That Didn’t Change the World’

Are you unhappy with your pickle fork? Do you wish there were a more useful stand upon which to rest your accordion? Would you prefer an artificial leech to the real thing? Does your hat often get stepped upon whilst resting on the floor at the theater? Do you tire easily and long for a rotary hair-brushing machine?

If so, hie thee to the store for the delightful Inventions That Didn’t Change the World a compendium of curiosities designed by British inventors in the Victorian Age, when Britain was the workshop of the world. Digging through the Designs Registry now in the care of the British National Archives, J...

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