The Russell Hobbs Tea Maker was marketed in 1965. It is a fascinating device. For a long time I knew of it as only as a tea maker, but I later discovered that an optional alarm clock with a bakelite-like finish could be plugged into the teamaker on one side and a bedside lamp on the other, making this model Russell Hobbs’ first foray into the teasmade market. Continue reading 1965 Russell Hobbs Electric Tea Maker
The Russell Hobbs 6501 Automatic Electric Teamaker Set comprises a Teamaker model 6002, a clock model 7002 and a tray model 9007. The kettle can be unplugged if not required. Continue reading 1971 Russell Hobbs Automatic Teamaker Set 6501
Russell Hobbs manufactured the Chelsea Teamaker model 7106 in about 1980. This is a remarkably compact design in stark contrast to the monstrously huge Goblins. The shallow kettle fits snugly behind the smart, simple fascia. Continue reading 1980 Russell Hobbs Chelsea Teamaker 7106
The Chelsea Teamaker 7107, introduced some time after 1980, was a little different from its predecessor. The positions of the ‘Russell Hobbs’ and ‘Chelsea Teamaker’ logos are reversed and a red ‘on’ indicator light has been added in the lower right corner of the kettle. There is also a 7107Q model which looks identical.
In about 1990 Russell Hobbs explored the market for Two Cup Tea and Coffee Makers. I have found two models.
Bill Russell (22 July 1920 – 16 February 2006), from High Wycombe, was a Major with REME in World War II and after leaving in 1947, he joined the home appliance manufacturer, Morphy Richards. He became Chief Development Engineer, helping to design a pop-up toaster, an electric iron and a hairdryer. Continue reading Russell Hobbs