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    What is she doing?

    So I need some help here. DDIL sent me this picture of a relative of a friend of hers from way back when, probably late 40's or early 50's. We are trying to identify what this machine is that she is cranking, and why she is doing it in a suit. Anyone have any ideas????


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    Let me know if you get it now.

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    Man it seems like I have seen this machine before but can't remember what it was - will put on my thinking cap

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    It looks like mail boxes in the background doesn't it? I have no idea.

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    Is she cranking open the wall panel behind her? We used to have files in the hospital that we had to hand crank to get them moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crqltr View Post
    Is she cranking open the wall panel behind her? We used to have files in the hospital that we had to hand crank to get them moving.
    Hmmmm, good idea. I will forward that thought to DDIL.

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    I can tell you that she was dressed that way because she was at work. Women wore dresses/suits to work and often hats and gloves also. It looks like 1930-40's to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasureit View Post
    I can tell you that she was dressed that way because she was at work. Women wore dresses/suits to work and often hats and gloves also. It looks like 1930-40's to me.
    Yes, I remember my mother and aunt having suits like that in the late 40's. And the hairdo is definitely 40's, those pincurls. My aunt was a secretary and dressed like that every day. But remember Betty Furness advertising the GE refrigerators? She dressed like that too. I guess I am dating myself.
    I thought maybe it was a meat grinder, but don't remember anything like that in any kitchen I ever went in.

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    Air raid siren? To let people know the postal rates are going up.
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    May be an earlier computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk View Post
    Air raid siren? To let people know the postal rates are going up.
    Another good one. I like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luce321 View Post
    May be an earlier computer.
    Nope computer was more in the 50s. My DH worked on the early ones, nothing looked like that.

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    Hee heee ... my Engineer husband looked at for a long time, remarked on the size, shape, amount of manual power that needs to be exerted based on her position, etc etc etc ... then concluded that .......


    ...... "dunno, but it's not a pencil sharpener".
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Hee heee ... my Engineer husband looked at for a long time, remarked on the size, shape, amount of manual power that needs to be exerted based on her position, etc etc etc ... then concluded that .......


    ...... "dunno, but it's not a pencil sharpener".
    Thanks, I got a good chuckle out of that one! My DS, who is quite an antique buff has no idea. Google came up with some interesting looking things, but nothing like that.

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    It tickles my memory.....I will probably dream about it tonight!!
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    Is it a dumb waiter lift for bringing mail from one floor to another?

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    Hmmm, it could be moving files. i used to work where they had some tall "walls" of files and you had to crank them to move each section. heaven forbid someone start cranking while you were in there looking!!

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    Was she cranking out stamps?
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    Looks like a Compactus, as the others said a form of filing system. The photo seems to show handles poking out sideways....so maybe they are safety deposit boxes in movable banks. Cool photo.

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    Thanks for all the great ideas, I will forward them to her. The filing system certainly sounds like a possibility; or the safety deposit boxes in moveable banks.

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    I have no idea. She needs to stand closer, or she will end up with pains.
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    Now I really want to know what that thing is. Hope someone can come up with the answer.
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    It reminds me of something I saw on 'I Dream of Jeanie', it showed movies.

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    Ice cube crusher???
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    Churning butter :-)

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