Quite a nice variety this time around. Lots of fun guessing.
1122 - This sure looks like a 50' tape measure, of the sort commonly
used to lay out athletic fields, building plots, etc. That seems far
too obvious, though, so I suspect it must have some particular
specialized usage; since none other pops into mind, I'll guess it's to
adjust the pin setters in a bowling alley.
1123 - Googling AAI turns up several references to the American Alpine
Institute, so this is presumably used to carry stuff for some
mountaineering trek. At four and a half feet long, I'd guess it was
used for large-scale maps rolled up (perhaps maps that are being
surveyed/drawn). The other option that comes to mind is firearms, but I
don't know why anyone would bother carrying one in such an inconvenient
and unnecessarily bulky package when it's something you probably want to
have ready at hand in case it were needed suddenly.
1124 - self-powered soldering iron, perhaps burning acetylene generated
by carbide and water in the cylindrical portion.
1125 - maybe a spatula/measurer for use by a pharmacist to mix or
transfer medicines? Gold might be used in such a situation because it's
comparatively inert and not likely to be affected by or to contaminate
the substances being handled.
1126 - A match safe?
1127 - Quite a curious double tape; the legends appear to suggest use in
determining the strengths of various forms made of various materials.
Perhaps this is for reference in erecting temporary bridges?
1128 - Besides being a test kit for some chemical or physical property
of a (specific?) liquid, not much is obvious. The engraved images look
suspiciously like those on banknotes, so perhaps it was used to either
detect forgeries or to verify ink compositions in a mint.
Now to see other guesses...
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
1123. Alpine Ascents International runs lots of training expeditions up
Mount Ranier, which is ranier than most mountains. They have a Leave No
They go around the cliffs on the way up. It's important to do so on the
way down, too; for an unexpected encounter with a cliff on wet ice in
the dark could result in a descent too fast for the safety of trainees.
They used to leave trails of biodegradable bread crumbs. Then flocks of
scavenging birds learned to follow these expeditions.
The tube held a battery-powered spinning reel with a spool four feet
long. The guide would leave a trail of luminous fishing line on the
ascent. On the descent he'd press the button to reel it up.
Once again intuition has led us to the truth.
Oops, sent too soon
1123: Map case
1124: Gas-powered soldering iron
1125: Solid gold? How about you just send it to me and I'll... look
into it. Yeah, that's it, look into it. Seriously? Sometimes a
spoon is just a spoon.
1126: Looks like a mailbox, although somewhat small.
1127: It's a Walsco 380 double tape measure, calibrated for all types of
concrete, masonry, timber, and earth. But it's evidentally no good
for rectangles of some sort.
1128: A weather station. The cup would be a rain gauge, perhaps. Not
sure about the two things with presidential portraits, unless they're
for measuring "dry bulb" and "wet bulb" temperatures... Hayes would be
dry, of course.
There's no such thing as a free lunch, but certain accounting practices can
result in a fully-depreciated one.
Posting from rec.crafs.metalworking as usual.
1122) For measuring the amount of oil (or gasoline) in a tank.
The notches in the weight will retain more of the liquid, making
it easier to identify the level. And the scale on the weight
indicates the number of inches to add to the reading on the
I've seen similar tapes advertised in the L.S. Starrett catalog.
This might actually be one -- I can't make out the maker's name
because of the JPEG blurring.
1123) Well -- aside from appearing to be a cylindrical container, it
*might* be a small astronomical telescope, with the ends capped.
(Another view would indicate where the mount would go if this
were the case.
1124) A gasoline (or kerosene) fueled soldering iron.
1125) Hmm ... aside form the "solid gold" part (and the color does
not really look right for that in the photo) it looks like it
could be a wax spoon for re-waxing reed plates in an accordion.
The "handle" part could be used for waxing the smaller reed
The wax is melted, scooped up in the spoon, and run along the
edges of the reed plates to seal them to the reed boxes.
1126) Hmm ... perhaps to hold a watchmen's recording clock key, to
record that the watchman was at that specific location (station)
at a specific time. You've had recording clocks on the puzzles
1127) Hmm ... perhaps for measuring stress applied to the specified
materials for a specific size of container?
Or perhaps for calculating the weight of the materials of the
And I gather that the markings are on both sides of the tapes,
different depending on the material being checked.
1128) This is for measuring the specific gravity of a fluid at a
specified temperature. The thermometer on the side measures the
temperature, and the height at which the narrow neck of the
floats intersects the top of the liquid shows the specific
gravity. There are single-use ones of these combining a bulb
syphon and the float for measuring the specific gravity of the
electrolyte in automotive batteries -- seen less often with
today's sealed cells and gel-cells.
I doubt that this is for battery electrolyte, as the copper
container would be vulnerable to the acids. But it might be for
a brewer or winemaker.
The faces on the seals inside the floats may indicate different
measurement systems -- one looks like George Washington from a
dollar bill. :-)
Now to see what others have guessed.
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Is the tape 50' long? That's quite an oil tank!
I wonder if it's to check the water table. A farmer might need to know
how low the water level was in his well and how it was changing.
Maybe he could shine a light down the well to see when the weight hit
the water. He could read on the tape how far down the clip was, reel it
in, and if he could see water on the weight, he could read how far below
the clip the water level was.
I guess I haven't been close to many big oil tanks. I guessed they
weren't more than 30 feet deep.
This says the State of Kansas uses steel tapes to measure down to the
water table in 1,380 wells each year:
This says a steel tape is the best tool:
Here the USDA recommends using a steel tape:
The tapes pictured ought to work fine for water wells, but for water
they recommend putting chalk on the tape so you don't have to worry
about just how far to lower it.
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