1215 Apologies... Clearly this is a jack for lifting tuckers.
1216 This is a movie film can. While, at the start of a movie run, the
projectionist has to schlep the cans up to the projection booth, when the
movie run is over, and the film is to be returned, it is not that rare that
the cans manage to roll down the stairs. The cans are made rugged, and
1215. Specific purpose was to sell it and make money for the
1216. Cannister for film reels.
1217. Clapboard slick.
1218. Possibly a paint pot.
1219. No idea. Looks like a lens setup, but I don't think lens
optics have anything to do with it.
1220. Probably double-ended pliers for stretching canvases for
1215 It is a "thucker jack", used to thange the thires on thmall thucks.
1216 Carrying case for replacement stop signs for Disneyland's Autopia.
1217 It is a "Captain Kangaroo Wacky Whirler" c. 1960s. This toy is no
longer sold. Reported to be second in injuries only to "Lawn Darts".
1218 Inuit anti-termite smoke generator. The smoke was used to stop termite
infestations of igloos. Apparently they worked very well.
1219 Contraceptive device.
1220 Non-tangling jumper cables.
Here are my guesses:
1215 -- Hmmm...the only Tucker I can think of offhand was the ill-fated
car manufacturer, but this doesn't look to date from that era. Maybe
something railroad related?
1216 -- This case might be just the right size and shape to hold a few
reels of movie film, presumably for carrying around to various theaters
(or as part of a traveling theater).
1217 -- This could be a slick for removing bark from logs and similar
tasks--essentially a large chisel for rough work.
1218 -- In the old Infocom "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" text
adventure game, there's an object that is called "The thing your aunt
gave you that you don't know what it is." I think this may be one of
1219 -- This looks like a lens mounted to be used in optical
demonstrations, but the lens-shaped part does not appear to be very
refractive at all. Maybe it can somehow be filled with various liquids
to demonstrate their optical properties?
1220 -- Detachable handle for some thin product, such as sheet metal
plates. It seems the hinge pivots would want to tend to get out of
alignment and could cause no end of annoyance if they aren't well made.
Now to see other ideas...
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Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1215) Hmm ... looks to me like a workpiece leveling jack used by
machinists for stabilizing a workpiece mounted on a planer
table -- or perhaps also sometimes on one of the larger shapers.
1216) Transport case for a movie in multiple reels. Looks like about
a three-reel case if it is 35mm, which it would be in the 1930s.
1217) Hmm ... for cleaning clinkers from the firebox of a steam
1218) Perhaps for shooting fire at something?
If the handle were open at the other end, I would consider it as
possibly being for smoking something -- perhaps illegal. :-)
1219) Looks like a way of making a lens from two watch crystals
filled with water (or some other transparent liquid).
It might be for determining the index of refraction of different
liquids by measuring the focal length produced and comparing it
to water and other known liquids?
1220) Looks like something for picking up sheet metal by the edge and
carrying it while a single hand gripping both curved handles
holds both sets of pliers clamped tight onto the metal.
Now to see what others have guessed.
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1217 Years ago when trolleys ran in the Twin Cities they had a tool
like this to reach down through the floor to switch to a different
track. This allowed the driver to change the switch without getting
out of the car.
A Japanese soldier probably left it in the Aleutians.
The group in possession of it seems to be tipplers. When they break a
glass, they call the shards art.
After a year, a couple of them decided it was a whale-oil lamp. To
demonstrate, they used a plumber's pipe cap as a small metal bowl,
stuffed in some hairs from a beard, added gas-line de-icer (presumably
methanol), lit it, and stared at the nearly invisible flame as they
continued to drink.
I'll bet the wad in the artifact isn't steel wool.
1220 is a pair of plow share tongs. They hold both ends of the share
at the same time. I have a pair that are almost identical. They make
the share (shear) much easier to hold under the power hammer when
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