ROBINSON, William Heath (illustrator). "The Gadgets" [Six Picture Postcards of Heath Robinson's "Ideal Home"]. London; "Daily Mail" Ideal Home Exhibition. 1934.
6 sepia-printed photographs (each 140 x 60mm) housed in the original printed presentation envelope showing a model house, as designed by William Heath Robinson for display at the Ideal Home Exhibition of 1934; the first image is a cross-section of the house and the others depict the Kitchen; the Dining Room; the Nursery; the Bedroom, and the Garden, with each room providing a wealth of inspiration for the inventor's crazy labour-saving gadgetry; very good condition throughout with some early ink notes about the exhibit on the reverse of each card; the envelope with slight wear and small repairs; an elusive, ephemeral item.
Sole edition. Beare's study The Illustrations of W. Heath Robinson (1983) gives more information on the exhibit, lamenting that all that remained of it were a few newspaper reports and commenting that "it is rumoured that a set of postcards depicting The Gadgets was sold at the exhibition. It also seems likely that somewhere in a film archive there might be some newsreel footage showing Heath Robinson's creation in action." In his later book, to accompany the exhibition of W. Heath Robinson's work at Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2003, Beare refers to the existence of these postcards as more than just a rumour.