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Time Piece

A look at everyday objects from the past

KEEP IT TOASTY

This 1929 toaster was the best thing since... well, you know

This so-called ‘sweetheart toaster’ didn’t just heat bread – it turned the art of making the perfect toastie into a dinnertime show. Made in the late 1920s, this model was marketed as a gadget that could be brought out during meals and placed at the centre of the table, so diners could watch the bread odyssey unfold. It would be specifically aimed directly at women, so that its elaborate decoration and attractive shape hid the rather less attractive (or ladylike) mechanics behind the entire operation.

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Imagine, if you can, a mystery bug appearing out of nowhere – one with no cure or treatment and that kills nearly everyone infected in just a matter of days. !en consider one-in-three people in Britain being struck down by it over the course of two years. Unthinkable, isn’t it? And yet that’s exactly what happened halfway through the 14th century. Where did this killer plague, Black Death, come from? How did it spread? And what was it like to live through these unutterable days? We reveal all from page 28. But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom to see in the new year, as we celebrate some of history’s greatest pioneers this issue, from the extraordinary salvagers of Henry VIII’s favourite ship, the Mary Rose (p46", to those magnificent men who took their flying machines into the skies (p56", to the remarkable women whose mathematical genius allowed the US to send men to the Moon (p69". We’ve also given the magazine a bit of a spring clean, taking all your comments on board, and introduced a few new regular features. I hope you like what we’ve done – do write in and let us know. Happy new Year!