Plexiscope © Maurice Collins Images Collection  / Mary Evans Picture Library
Plexiscope © Maurice Collins Images Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library

Mary Evans have long been known to delight in the weird and wonderful: those quirky images not easily found elsewhere. Nowhere is this demonstrated more conclusively than in their new representation of photographs of Maurice Collins’ unsurpassed collection of bizarre inventions, gadgets and thingamajigs from the past.

Mr Collins has been collecting since the 1970s and his house now holds over 1500 objects dating from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th. There are some fabulously odd practical devices including a nose-shaper, a moustache-protector, a skirt-lifter (to graciously elevate a Victorian’s lady’s dress hem out of harm’s way of puddles and clumsy feet), a clockwork teasmade, and a whistling toothbrush.

Take a look at this selection, and marvel!

New at Mary Evans – The Maurice Collins Collection of Contraptions