William Heath Robinson (31 May 1872 – 13 September 1944) was an English cartoonist and illustrator, best known for drawings of eccentric machines.
In the UK, the term Heath Robinson has entered the language as a description of any unnecessarily complex and implausible contraption, similar to "Rube Goldberg" in the U.S. Heath Robinson is perhaps more often used in relation to temporary fixes using ingenuity and whatever is to hand, often string and tape, or unlikely cannibalisations. Its popularity is undoubtedly linked to Second World War Britain's shortages and the need to "make do and mend".
Why am I telling you all this? Well tomorrow's Thankful Thursday post will explain about the book which gave me the idea for this post but when I saw the illustrations by W Heath Robinson I suddenly wondered about the origins of the saying.
And now I know. And so do you (if you didn't already).