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What Is This Thing?

04/09/2009 2:53 AM

OK, here is your mission for this week, should you give a Monkey's!

This fascinating piece of steampunk was quite cutting edge in it's time. No-one I know had a clue as to what it is, but I'm not holding my breath this time around, I think this is just the sort of thing that you tech heads out there will recognize.

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04/09/2009 3:23 AM

iF i LOOK AT IT VERY QUICKLY IT REMINDS ME OF AN OLD X-RAY TUBE.

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04/09/2009 3:28 AM

Looks like a crude rocket engine.

For a crude missile perhaps?

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04/09/2009 12:06 PM

I agree.

It looks like the business-end of a jet engine or the exhaust side of a rocket engine

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04/09/2009 3:34 AM

That's Mrs Cat's fur drier

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04/09/2009 3:34 AM

Innards of a "hi-tech" hoover (vacuum cleaner)?

(BTW - your title is a pain in the a**e when it comes to spell-checking).

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04/09/2009 3:35 AM

Pain in the axle????

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04/09/2009 3:37 AM

Prototype chicken pump?

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04/09/2009 3:46 AM

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I'd like to see it in operation...
cluck cluck squawk squeeze pop-whoosh..... thud squawk cluck cluck
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It looks optical. Maybe a photographic enlarger or a slide projector.

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04/09/2009 7:33 AM

With the slots right in the middle of the pix, perhaps an early venturi.

This is a Venturi tube demonstration apparatus built out of PVC pipe and operated with a vacuum pump. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venturi_effect

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04/09/2009 7:40 AM

Dutch/Museum piece.....I'm not even going there.

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04/09/2009 7:48 AM

Kris, you may not want to go there, but it sounds like you've been there. Exactly what museums did you visit on your last trip to Amsterdam?

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04/09/2009 7:57 AM

OOOooohhhhh! Tell! Tell!

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04/09/2009 8:04 AM

You made me say this, right ?! . Apparently they have a lot of old mechanical gadgets.

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04/09/2009 8:42 AM

How about a steam driven generator for train cars?

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04/09/2009 1:01 PM

I'm going to say a gas burner.

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04/09/2009 1:55 PM

O.K, I think I got it, and old-school photography buffs like myself might also recognize it:

- It's an old, 19th century slide projector, used for photography prints, or display shows:

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04/09/2009 1:59 PM

I think you might be onto something here Yuval.

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04/09/2009 2:29 PM

It breaks my heart to say this, but....sorry....wrong.

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04/09/2009 11:03 PM

If not that, what then? -Focal Spot?

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04/09/2009 3:44 PM

"Steampunk" is probably a clue. Dry ice fog machine for theatrical use.

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04/10/2009 9:36 PM

Steampunk is definitely a clue! This item then is probably a representation of modern technology as if it were developed in the Victorian era. Which probably rules out my guess of a fog machine. If it was considered cutting edge in its time, it might be a prop from a movie based on a Jules Verne or Edgar Rice Burroughs novel.

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04/10/2009 10:17 PM

Or, the ultimate steampunk of alltime:

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04/11/2009 3:09 AM

Nooo....You need brass, velvet, mahogany, helpless women....

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04/11/2009 4:56 AM

Right...

But hey, I was twelve to sixteen, and it threw my imagination to places you wouldn't believe - it was like a weekly appointment with magic-land

These two were my co-conspirators to a better world.

Does any one here remember?

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It was probably on TV over here, but I never saw it (never even heard of it until the Will Smith thing came out). We all had what the heck, I still do ! our fantasies with early TV. I liked stuff such as this one;

, although this was my favourite. Noggin the Nog almost goes without saying. People wouldn't be people without fantasy and imagination. Adverts are always fun to remember. Here's one for Del

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Wild, Wild, West? I sometimes watched it but for some reason I wasn't partial to it. There were a lot of westerns on TV in those days, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Paladin, Virginian, Rifleman, Roy Rogers, Sky King (he was current day but the stories were old western with a plane instead of a horse) to name a few. I guess with the saturation I was desensitized to them. Kind of like an hour into having all the ice cream you can eat.

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04/11/2009 11:50 AM

Oops, should have checked the link first.

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04/11/2009 12:48 PM

#53 - "never even heard of it until the Will Smith thing came out"

I'd love to know what you thought the connection to Yuval's picture at #52 was !

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Those two were the stars of the original WWW show. of the 70's, I think. I don't recall either of their names or even any of their futuristic ways of solving crimes. The show was based in the mid 1800's. They were the Macgiver of their day. The guy on the left was famous as a side-kick before that in other TV shows. I'll look around.

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04/11/2009 6:02 PM

Found it. Ross Martin and Robert Conrad (knock the battery off his shoulder TV ad fame)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wild_Wild_West

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04/11/2009 9:58 PM

Nah. The seventies were re-runs, and the eighties was a much sought-after comeback, much like "Mission-Impossible", which I personally wasn't very thrilled about, although I remember my father liked a lot...

Not like that. WWW was so original and so subversive in nature, it was more for latent anarchists and socially-challenged misfits...

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So much was said over the years about the U.S inseminating it's culture over the world, and true, Israel might be an extreme example for American influence, but here we are, discussing that very thing from a personal point of view, and it's cultural influence on our lives...

I bet you it's the same for Europeans, Brits, Japanese, Australians - you name it

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04/12/2009 5:13 AM

more for latent anarchists and socially-challenged misfits...

Now I'm wondering how the heck I missed it !

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04/12/2009 5:11 AM

Yeah, I only figured it becaue Yuvals link was to WWW (Will Smith) and I knew there was an earlier series. Quick check on google/google images, and I found the photo etc.

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04/09/2009 9:29 PM

The beaming part of an X-ray camera for welding inspection ?

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04/09/2009 10:39 PM

Safety gas heater or safety gas lamp!!! or leaf (maple) muncher.

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04/09/2009 10:55 PM

It's eiter an old microscope or telescope.

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04/10/2009 3:48 AM

I didn't know you were Irish

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ROFL !

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04/09/2009 11:42 PM

Del may have provided the answer, but I could not quite decipher his message. Device looks to be an eighteenth century steam powered chicken shooter... a predecessor to the compressed air potato gun.

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04/10/2009 12:12 AM

The first steamcooker?

steampowered microsope?

A steampowered death ray made by Moriarty?

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04/10/2009 12:07 PM

It's good! But it's not right! Worth a good answer though...

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04/10/2009 1:03 PM

Right ...that's it..
I warned you.
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04/12/2009 9:25 PM

which one? the death ray?

or is it a telescope?

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04/12/2009 10:18 PM

Fine looking death ray machine you've got there .

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04/12/2009 10:34 PM

The water cannon (steam punk fire brigade)

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04/13/2009 12:17 AM

Not water, steam off course, house saved but every in the house steamcooked

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Steam-Cooking - Now, THAT'S AN IDEA !

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04/13/2009 10:50 AM

I am going to plump for something Optical or maybe a sighting system for early guns/Gunnery.....say late 18th or 19 Century.......

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04/13/2009 8:21 PM

No it is realy an early american telescope

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04/10/2009 5:36 AM

For what its worth, it looks to me like a lighthouse oil burning light source laid on its side. The light wick protrudes from the top and the length is regulated by the wheel. The whole assembly fits in an oil reservoir and sits in the centre of a glass focussing "cluster".

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04/10/2009 5:41 AM

Use KrisDelTM 'Gritty Granules'
Guaranteed to scratch without cleaning to give your cluster lustre.

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04/10/2009 8:13 AM

I hope you're not trying to flog the used ones.

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04/10/2009 8:37 AM

Some sort of steam-generator for asthmatics ?

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04/10/2009 9:10 AM

The slot above an expansion chamber & below a larger cylindrical shape makes me wonder...

Perhaps this is some type of old steam whistle or compressed air whistle?

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04/10/2009 9:50 AM

I vote for a fire fighting apparatus.

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04/10/2009 10:46 AM

An atomic (adjustable) garbage disposal?

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04/10/2009 11:54 AM

Is it an earlier apparatus to enable one to read the directions that came with the first electric watches? You know, they put all the directions on how to change the time zone, date, temp and stop watch on 1 square inch of paper?

"NO matter where you go............there you are".

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04/10/2009 12:05 PM

Not a clue.....

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04/10/2009 2:19 PM

It looks like an old snow making nozzle

however, I would not like to have to control it.

Perhaps it is an old monitor head.

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04/10/2009 3:22 PM

It's a pig launcher for live pigs? (automatically cuts off the legs at launch?)

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04/10/2009 3:28 PM

Early fire extinguisher?

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04/10/2009 3:41 PM

Guess in the dark - Old fire hose nozzle?

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04/10/2009 5:08 PM

PlbMak,

Well????????????

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04/10/2009 9:14 PM

Sump pump?

Automatic bagpipe inflator?

Early prototype garbage disposal / food chopper?

Dirigible deflator?

Ow! Ow! I sprained my brain!

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04/11/2009 3:23 AM

Not exactly the same as what I used, but it sure reminds me of the theater lamps we used in school. A place to put a color gel, lots of room for the lamp heat to escape, and a lens and focusing device in the front. Also, a way to make the spot be only a spot or to flood out and cover a wider area.

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04/11/2009 4:08 AM

It must be optical

What about a projector to project the moon at the planetarium?

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04/11/2009 7:53 AM

Part of an Epidiascope maybe? (Spelling may not be correct!)

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04/13/2009 1:09 AM

Some sort of old bore scope or collimator?

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04/13/2009 1:22 AM

OK. What about a part to an old spotlight or limelight???

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04/13/2009 3:22 AM

... lime light?....
here I am ... look at me folks

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04/13/2009 3:38 AM

here a light lime just for you or was it lime light?

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04/13/2009 9:17 AM

Hot Air Balloon inflater.

But more probable;

A Carbon Arc spot light projector for Theaters in the late 1800's.

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04/13/2009 11:45 AM

Carbon Arc generates a good deal of heat. Many of the lights of the early 20th Century were very archaic in appearance. I do see a slot, where possibly a slide could have been inserted to produce shadows, or what are in theater called Gobos.

I can't see enough of the light to really definitively say exactly what sort of light it is.

As I said earlier, it looks a bit like an older version of the focal spot.

A modern version of the Focal Spot that has gained acceptance in both motion picture and theater work is the Source 4.

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04/13/2009 7:35 PM

Well done! 100% correct, an early carbon arc projector.

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04/14/2009 12:07 AM

Hey! I got it first!!!

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04/14/2009 2:43 AM

I'm not so sure.......You said 'spotlight'. Unless the thing has a focusing lens it would be more of a floodlight. Also it's different to limelight. Correct me if I'm wrong.

This site has a good description of Carbon Arc light. Here's more. You might be able to get away with victory if PlbMak say a lens fell off the thing. Actors and Ufologists get Kleig-eye, but that sounds more like intensity than focus.

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04/14/2009 2:47 AM

These chaps from the colonies are such poor loosers, dontcha think? Still, better then being a poor winner....

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04/14/2009 3:12 AM

Damn right !

Did the thing have a lens ? I've given vermin a GA, cos it looks like it did have one. That's only so I can take the GA back if you tell me it didn't -it'll make him feel even madder than not geting a GA in the first place.

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04/14/2009 2:45 AM

I don't think "spot light" quite cut the mustard, old chap.

Never mind, as we sit here, steering into space, I'm concocting the next one. I found it interesting how the use of Steampunk in the description threw people off the scent a bit......

Here be a slightly better picture....

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04/14/2009 3:38 AM

So now it's a 'mustard cutter'...
Make your mind up

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04/14/2009 4:57 AM

I'd go for mutt the custard

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"I don't think "spot light" quite cut the mustard, old chap. "

Hey! I said it first!!! or something very similar, but with a better explanation, pinched off the net because I wasn't sure

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04/14/2009 4:59 AM

Yeah! Well, I'm kirk Douglas!

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I forgot ! It was me, it was, it was !!!!

Bugger it, I can't win.....nobody believes me whether I sign in or not....not sure I even believe myself half the time......grumble grumble....spout 'n cuss.....

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04/14/2009 6:29 AM

Sprout & custard?
(is no one going to big up my blog with a question or comment on the esoterics of Asiatic bows?..or how crap it was that the Arthurian legend on t' box last night was full of Romans and Asiatic recurves...Although Keira Nightly did at least seem to draw her bow with some panache...don't s'pose she could pull much draw weight with those scrawny arms tho' )
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yeah, I watched that too (purely out of hysterical ineterest)....she could have kirked my douglas if Mrs K hadn't been there, I'd been a bit more youngerer, and few other minor things like money, wealth, looks, and so on. Dunno where krauts and rusted came into all this.

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04/14/2009 8:09 AM

It's not very polite to whisper during a public address.

Pssst....Consider yourselves rebuked

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04/14/2009 8:33 AM

Thank you, Pot.

Kettle.

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04/14/2009 8:13 AM

It was all too obvious with the 35 Lbs thrust if the arro-head too deep into the wood being a nightmare to pull out and all that. - A 7.62 sniper rifle with a silencer has none of those problems, and it easier to hide

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04/15/2009 1:30 AM

Yeah, but you primarily pull with your back muscles if you do it right.

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04/15/2009 2:55 AM

Oooooh you furry bouncing pedant...do you think I hadn't spent hours angsting about the veracity of my post? Anyhow her scapulae are pretty bony too...
BTW. What's the different between K.N and forged America currency?
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04/15/2009 3:03 AM

What is K.N?

are you related to cat from red dwarf?

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04/15/2009 3:43 AM

Keira Nightly (havn't you been paying attention?)
are you related to cat from red dwarf? Nope
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04/15/2009 3:41 AM

Here's a better picture via Photoshop...

Notice how the back parts are much more visible.

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04/15/2009 3:45 AM

That's not Keira Nightly .
Going back on topic is the resort of a scoundrel.
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04/15/2009 8:34 AM

OK, PlbMak holds the copyright on suspense in this thread - what is the difference?

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04/15/2009 8:53 AM

Are, I see where you going with this, but you have misunderstood, It's Suspenders, preferable attached to stockings.....

Any way,

See here!

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One is phoney bucks ...

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