For whatever reason, I didn't get the original post on this, so
I'll start replying here where I have read only this discussion on one
And yes, I had thought of a saw for slitting the neck of a
string instrument to accept the frets -- with a guitar being the most
likely. The spacing of the blades matches normal fret positioning, and
the blades are normal slitting saw blades for a horizontal milling
I saw it earlier, but was not into my newsreader at that time,
so I postponed posting.
1389 (out of order))
Since there is usually an ebony fretboard glued to the neck, I
think that this is to prepare the ebony prior to gluing it in place.
This explains the two larger diameter slitting saws near the ends. But
why there are two more shallow cut slitting saws past the tuning head
end of the fingerboard -- I don't know. Perhaps for cutting off pieces
to use as nuts or bridges? But if so, why shallow cut blades instead of
1387) A mould for casting a lead hammer head around a length of steel
pipe to make a soft hammer.
1388) Hmm ... a portable short conveyer belt?
A small punkin chunker?
Views from other angles might help.
1390) Perhaps for clamping woodwork, with soft wood held in the jaws
to contact the workpiece?
Perhaps to compress a certain style of disk brake piston prior
to replacing the pads? (It looks as though it would work for
the disk brake cylinders of my old MGA at least.
1391) A pre-GPS route to mount perhaps in a commercial truck or
a bus for an uncommon route so the driver can advance it as he
Obviously, you are at the mercy of whoever typed up the tape to
go in it. :-)
1392) Well ... *part* of it is a beer bottle opener.
Something makes me think that the folding spiked part is for
dealing with caught fish.
Not sure what the two lips beyond the bottle opener are for.
Now to see what others have guessed.
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Usual wild guesses:
1387: Signal lamp holder, minus lamp.
1388: Dolly for lighting or camera
1389: It's a saw. Don't know why it has that particular set of blades.
1390: A clamp which can be used to temporarily suspend piping from a beam
1391: It's a box containing a set of directions from Cincinatti, OH to
Dayton,OH. Google maps does not return the same set of
directions, even avoiding I-71, instead starting with a leg
north on Main, then right at 7th to Gilbert, left on Eden Park,
and only then to Reading.
I imagine it was mounted in a bus, or perhaps a delivery truck
or similar vehicle.
There's no such thing as a free lunch, but certain accounting practices can
result in a fully-depreciated one.
The directions look like they were from the '50s or '60s I used to
live betwen them, in Middletoewn, and would like to see the rest of the
directions. If it went up the western side, it would have passed through
wide spots in the road, like Blue Ball.
I would guess they used St Rt 25 or St Rt 4, since they were the main
roads before I-75 was built, and street names changed, or disappeared as
new highways were built. BTW, I-75 runs parallel to St Rt 25 most of the
Also, I-71 goes to Columbus, not Dayton I-70 runs between Dayton &
I-75 was built to replace St Rt 25 for big trucks, and faster travel,
and all the stop signs and traffic lights, along with all the 30 MPH
zones. It was built in the mid '60s, so that has to be older.
aioe.org, Goggle Groups, and Web TV users must request to be white
I took the picture at the flea market so I don't have access to the device,
but someone on Neatorama found a book that has routes for all over the
country for the same time period. They probably copied the directions for
the bus drivers from this book:
1387. Around 8" long: Probably used for casting lead mallets. I had a lead
mallet about that shape with a steel handle. Still do somewhere, but it
isn't that shape anymore.
1389. Approximately 30" long: Looks like one set of saws out of a cotton
1392. 5" long: Neat looking church key.
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