284, A piece of mountain climbing equipment. Cams lock into a crack and
attach ropes to it. Sorry I don't know the official name.
285, some kind of airfoil, spoiler, tv antenna for a vehicle?
289, a 45 RPM record adapter for a record player spindle.
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284) ???? Interesting, but I'm not sure what it is.
It looks as though it is intended to provide directional grip on
something or other.
285) Spoiler designed to deflect bugs from the windshield, perhaps?
If so -- it would probably mount at the front of the hood (or
bonnet for the UK readers).
286) Some sort of removable crank. It looks as though it can be
set straight, and fed through a tube, with a notch in the end
of the tube to engage the cross pins, and then the crank folded
to allow operation.
287) Slides over a projecting head (as of a screw or a rivet), and
serves to hang a load from with a clip. Perhaps from some
military belt of some period, though that is just a guess.
288) A *really* old photographic exposure meter. A step up from
the optical ones, where you look in through an eyepiece and the
dimmest number you can read is your exposure. This one at least
appears to be photovoltaic.
It also appears to be marked in two systems of film sensitivity.
One is the DIN (German), and the other I would expect to be
ASA, but the marking does not seem to say that. I can't make it
out -- too pixelated by the JPEG compression.
It may be contemporary with the shutter/iris assembly which you
had up recently.
289) A 45-RPM spindle adaptor -- made by "Voice of Music" (see the
"VM" logo on the end.) It is intended for use on a record
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#289 A 45RPM adapter spindle for a multiplatter LP turntable.
Probably a motorola.
#288 Light meter for camera.
#286 Looks like a starter handle for an old tractor, but too small.
#284 Must have something to do with bicycles.
284. A "Friend". Rockclimbing gadget. The toothed wheels cam out when
placed in a crack to provide a tie-off point.
285. Stealth boomerang
286. I'll have to pass on this one.
287. No clue
288. Ancient voltmeter
289. Storage canister for checkers
284. Rock anchor. For parking rock boats. At rock concerts.
285. Breast Implant for Boomerangs.
286. Elevator Molester Schwing-Weenie!
287. 1890's Clutch Adjustment tool.
288. Wave a baby over it and it'll tell you how fat the kid will get.
289. Can of Whoopass. Do not open!
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Number 286 is a "broken knuckle key" for unlocking the hall doors on
certain types of elevators, generally to gain access to the car top
284. Spring loaded camming device used for rock climbing...specifically
it looks like a metollius.
285. Homemade boomerang?
286. Looks like a key/turning arm for and extendable awning
287. blackjack? probably not...
288. Looks like a compass for surveying possibly?
289. Lipstick case or stamp of some kind.
I'll guess my perennial "elevator shaft key" for 286, but I don't
really believe it.
I know how 287 is supposed to work, but not why or what for.
288 is a bit of photo equipment, best guess would be a fancy light
There's no such thing as a free lunch, but certain accounting practices can
result in a fully-depreciated one.
284. Mountain climbing thing-a-ma-bob (I don't recall the name).
285. A polystyrene foam glider wing.
286. Crank for louvers or a scissor jack.
287. Handle used to open and close a valve, perhaps an old gas valve.
288. Photographer's photometer.
289. Valeria Mazza ("VM") lipstick for supermodels that overdid the "fat
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