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Old 03-22-2007, 06:57 AM   #1
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Vintage Photo Object, What Is It?

I have been scanning old family photographs and am puzzled by an object in one photograph. This object features prominently in several photographs. It is partially hidden by something else, maybe a table. The object is positioned right beside a chair, making me think it may be a radio, but it sure does not look like a radio. The photograph was taken in June 1917 in probably Oskaloosa Iowa. I have cropped the photograph to only show the object I would really like to identify. Any guesses as to what this is??

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Old 03-22-2007, 07:08 AM   #2
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the antykithera mechanism?

oh, wait, you're not boufa.

ok, it'll be known as the oskaloosa mechanism. there, it has a name.

possibly a buckle or piece of a military uniform?
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here is the full photograph to you get the context of the object..........thanks bucky for trying........have another go?
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:35 AM   #4
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It looks like the "bottom" of an object not the front of it.
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:58 AM   #5
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I see what you mean Uncle Bob. It looks like it may be made of leather, and it sure looks like a screw holding the center circle thing. I can't tell if it is resting on the table or if the table is obstucting our view of it. I do know this fellow was a car buff, had a car dealership in 1917.
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Miss Beth...

It does seem to be a "slotted" screw..the other to small indentions apear to be maybe bolts that are recessed to protect a surface. But that makes no sense as the "screw" would not allow the objext to sit flat on a surface.
The lighting is interesting as there is a dark shadow across his leg, that whole corner of the photograh is poorly lit..Except for the object in question which seems to be well lit. Are these the only two photos of the object??
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:19 AM   #7
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here goes with another shot.
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this photo kinda makes it look like it is not resting on the table, maybe
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In the second photo, it looks like the back of the object. Since the chair is facing same, I'd go with a clock or radio.
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It does seem like it would be a light of some type because with the sun coming in the window, wouldn't the picture have been much less clear?

I still mess up some pics when I shoot people adjacent to a window.

...but the angle seems wrong for that.

This is interesting.
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