1507 It looks too awkward to be a conductor's fare collection box, and the
most probable way to open it is to just lift the lid on the right. I'll
guess that this is a vote collection box. People voting put a token
(yea/nay) in the slot, and the vote collection official pushes the button.
At the end of the vote, open and count. There was a very nice vote
collection box here a couple of years ago.
1508 Wine bottle cork remover. Ram the needle through the cork, and pump to
build up pressure to extract the cork.
I can attest to the fact that these should not be used
on some bottles - I specifically remember a flattened
bottle of something expensive in the after-dinner
category, a messy cleanup job and a glass shard that
found its way into my foot a few days later.. /mark
Most speedloaders have a means to keep the cartridges locked in the loader
until you want them to come out . The spring is probably part of that
leads to another
I just found the patent for it, where it says the clip can be folded in
order to put it in a sheath, when removed the spring will force it back into
the normal position. When I handled the clip I gave it a quick flex or two
but didn't try to rotate it very much, as seen in the patent, it was meant
to be rotated so that the leaves are back to back with the bullets pointing
in opposite directions:
1509 is used to move rail cars by hand. It sounds like a job for Superman,
but I've seen the grainbuyers move full box cars of wheat by using one of
these things. They are slow to get started but, once they get moving, can
move along quite well. Stopping was done with a manual brake on the car.
This was so that an empty car could be placed under the filling spout
"humunculus" wrote: How does it work? You jam it under the wheel and lift?
You jam it under the sheel and push down. There is a simpler kind, without
the moving parts, where you lift.
1510 looks like it could be clamped onto the bottom of a wooden post, to
keep it from sinking into the ground.
1511is a 6 candlepower lamp ;-)
On Thu, 8 Jan 2009 06:49:48 -0800 (PST), humunculus
They've been around for a long time and in different
flavors. The following link is from a Railway Supply Catalog
Don't know how Rob found it, but I've seen them iub use. Hung around a
small rail yard in my youth.
How it's used - put it on the rail, slide up against the wheel, push
the bar down, the small shoe comes up and rolls the wheel, thus moving
Old railroad fan. Knew what it was at first sight, just took a little to
find the link. As a youg teen back inthe 50's I move a few cars with
one. (not that they needed to be moved)
You place it under the wheel and push down. Then the leverage helps.
Here goes my guesses!
1507 no clue
1508 pump for inflating basketballs, volley balls, etc.
1509 Nail puller???
1510 It will squeeze and hold whatever. For squeezing oranges?
1511 Quick reloader for a revolver. In use, the 6 clips have cartridges
in them, the loop is for your finger to hold the clip while shooting.
1512 Clamp for pipe style antenna mast
Now to see what the real answers are
Rob H. wrote:
Hey...I believe I actually know one this week!
1507 - fare collection box for public transportation, sort of a
predecessor of the vaguely blender-like thingy usually seen at the front
of city busses in more recent times.
1508 - Inflator for footballs, basketballs, etc. Doesn't look
particularly convenient to use, with the ball likely interfering with
the operation of the pump cylinder and, I'd think, the needle being
rather liable to bend or break from applied torque and shear. I have no
idea why they didn't use the usual inline design.
1509 - Lever for pulling pipe or drill rods out of the ground
1510 - Clamp to hold...something...while working on it. Maybe for
shaping axe handles?
1511 - It's one of those things that you find in a dark corner of a
toolbox but never knew what it did.
1512 - Yet another cable clamp design, possibly for telephone pole guy
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