Help identifying a robot

Hello, I was wondering if anyone here might be able to assist me in identifying a robot from (I think) the late 1940s? It appears in
several collages (ca.1950) by the artist Eduardo Paolozzi, who I am currently researching for my doctoral dissertation. So far I have had no luck finding information about it, and would really appreciate anything anyone could tell me. There is an image of it here: http://johnston.rs.googlepages.com/robot Thanks very much, Ryan
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It would be quite useful to know more about the book in the photo.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Hi Ryan. Not a specific I.D., but more info on the Paolozzi collages. You might try to rundown the book "Robots: Fact, Fiction, and Prediction" by Jasia Reichardt, Penguin Books, 1978. We have a copy in the local public liblrary. Tons of good pictures on pre-modern robots.
Your "robot" of interest is shown on page 53 of the book, in a photograph of Paolozzi's called "Dr. Dekker's Entrance Hall", 1960-2, and being from The History of Nothing collection, Anthony d'Offay, London.

basically mechanical sculpture art. Something commissioned for a rich man's drawing room. BTW, the book shows several other Paolozzi stills.
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dan michaels wrote:

This is the BEST book on robot history, IMO. I cherish my copy, and will not loan it to anyone!
-- Gordon
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Gordon McComb wrote:

:)
Looking inside, I see I bought my copy at a used book store sometime in the past few years for $4.50. Also, some copies are available 2nd-hand and cheap ...
http://www.google.com/custom?q=%22Robots%3A+Fact%2C+Fiction%2C+and+Prediction%22+Jasia.Reichardt
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
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dan michaels wrote:

OK, I found another picture of the robot in the same book cited last time. It's name was "Alpha", and it was built by Harry May and the Mullard Valve Company. Picture shows Alpha sitting down and holding valves [radio tubes] in its two hands at the London Radio Exhibition in 1932. It also read the morning newspaper in a loud voice by virtue of having the paper contents recorded onto a phono record.
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Hi everyone, Thanks a lot for all the information (to which I'm only now replying as I've been away for a few days) - you've saved me hours of thumbing through old newspapers and magazines looking for clues. I'm on my way down to the library now to get the robots book. Incidentally, I am yet to identify what the page I posted on the web actually is - I found it as a loose sheet in Paolozzi's archive. I am guessing it is from a late 40s edition of Popular Mechanics or something similar, or perhaps even a sci-fi mag like Astounding, however verifying this has proven very difficult. Thanks again, Ryan
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

It looks like a book, not a magazine. I collect magazines like PopSci, Popular Mechanics, and others of that era, and it's not a page design they'd use. Few magazines would only have the page number, as this one does; they'd also have, at the least, a volume number if not also the name of the publication.
-- Gordon
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

BTW, do you have a link for ..... Paolozzi's archive.

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The archive (known as the Krazy Kat Arkive after the cartoon character) is held by the Victoria and Albert Museum's Archive of Art and Design in London: http://www.vam.ac.uk/resources/archives/aad/index.html However there is basically no information on the website itself. I have a copy of the catalogue, which is text only, that I could email you if you're interested. The archive basically contains part of Eduardo's library (with a vast comic collection), several thousand magazine cuttings he collected as potential source material, several dozen scrapbooks with more cuttings (in one of which I found the robot picture posted) and a vast collection of vintage and recent toys (including numerous toy robots from memory). If you're interested in comics you could check out the following exhibition catalogue:
Carlo and Leon Leigh, "Marvels from the Krazy Kat Arkive : an exhibition of silver age Marvel comics", London: National Art Library, [1997]. 42p. ill.
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I had a look through that book yesterday which was very helpful, and I've subsequently managed to come up with plenty of information on Alpha. If anyone's interested there's a 1934 Time article about its trip to America available here: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,882583,00.html
Thanks again, Ryan
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