Sunday, February 14, 2010

WHATIZZIT?

A possible project in the works: It needs another coat of lacquer and some very careful sanding. Plus the Other Stuff, about which maybe more later.

15 comments:

  1. I'd say 1930s-1950s design. Crouse Hinds made electrical junction boxes/covers. This one looks to be about 4" square (working up from #8 (?) screw holes). How about a cable junction cover, with the hex bolts to hold a cable clamp? Maybe for a camera cable, or some other multi-conductor bundle.

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  2. I was about to say it looked like an early TV or O-scope from the 1930s. The lack of apparent controls, however, seems to make that unlikely.

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  3. Cover plate for a viewport to something -- a magic eye tube maybe? (Don't see those anymore!)

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  4. Here's another hint what it was: the opening has a glass cover and is 2.75" in diameter.

    What it may be, that's another story!

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  5. ...Also, I have just *got* to make a mold and cast some copies of that gadget, 'cos it would make a wondrous front panel for a repackaged tiny TV or monitor!

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  6. Most of the old Crouse-Hinds stuff I used to see when I was an electrician was usually industrial lighting and traffic signals.

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  7. Where do you find this stuff??

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  8. Unscrewed it from the side of a building, after we decided to replace it. It faced North, by the way.

    Presently having troubles with the Mark I new superkewl artistical innards for this thing.

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  9. Aha. 2-3 tubes plus a relay inside, and something to do with towers...?

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  10. Uhm, it's the view port from a building rotator in case the Earth's rotational precession is knocked out of whack during the Battle of Ganymede?

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  11. Remote antenna switch? Hmmm...

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  12. Okay, it's a new month. Spill the beans. What's it?

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  13. ...It *was* the housing for a tube-type photocell to control tower lights automatically. What it *will* *be* is another tale....

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