780 reminds me of what I used to use to splice film frames together.
781 looks like it could be used for getting items out of a deep-fryer.
782 has great potential for airline security.
I'm recusing myself on #783, as I submitted the item and know not only
what it is, but why it wasn't of any use to me. (oddly, I managed to
resell it on eBay for MORE than I paid for it).
784 I'm guessing it's not an early spigrograph.
785 This reminds me of those arcade games where you attempt (and fail)
to grab the stuffed toy (or whatever).
We've heard that a million monkeys at a million
keyboards could produce the Complete Works of
Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know
this is not true.
--Robert Wilensky, University of California
#780 Recording tape splicer
#781 Fish (?) fryer
#782 Bale or sack wrap tightener (I've forgotten what it's used on,
but these things aren't rare on old farms) You jab the "rake" into the
canvas band around the bale, jab the spike on the handled lever into
something solid, then use the handle to lever the band tight before
sewingg or knotting it.
#783 Camera lens mount. The ring clamp goes round the lens and the
square plate has a tripod mounting bush in it.
# 784 Adding machine?
# 785 Crane hook for logs or (more likely) telegraph poles.
780 tool for cutting/splicing 8mm film.
781 That's fer fishin' the crawdads from the fryer.
782 arggg- you stab the one end into something, then pull the lever
down and it forces chunks of whatever-its-stabbed-into apart...
783 telescope holder that mounts on a camera tripod
785 For grabbing logs or poles, probably under water. You set the
cross-piece to hold the tongs open, and when you lower it over the
item, the cross-piece is knocked out of the way, allowing the tongs to
close when the unit is hauled up by the ring.
780. Makes the "scoops" at the end of slurpee straws.
781. Lion's litterbox scoop.
782. For getting socks out of gym lockers.
783. Camera-mounted cupholder
784. Bowling scorecard.
785. Removes stuck toupees.
According to R.H. :
As usual -- posting from rec.crafts.metalworking.
780) An inexpensive splicer for standard 1/4" magnetic recording
tape. There are much better splicing blocks (or used to be),
but this is what you would probably get the first time around.
This one was intended to be used with the 1/2" wide splicing
tape, at right angles to the recording tape.
The "Cut" position of the sliding head put a cut like this ''
through both layers of the overlapping tape ends, after which
you lifted off the top stub, and applied the splicing tape
(opalescent white and thin) at right angles to the length of the
Then, you slid the head to the "trim" position, where it applied
two curved blades to trim the edges of the tape like this:
to trim off the splicing tape which hangs over the sides and a
little of the edges of the tape itself. This makes sure that
the splice is not too wide to go through the guides on the tape
The good splicing blocks have no side trimming, the cuts are
done with a hand-held single-edge razor blade, and the splicing
tape applied is either slightly less than 1/4" wide, applied
along the length, or has a backing which peels off after the
splice is made to assure that the spliced tape is not too wide.
781) I can only guess here -- perhaps used for sifting clams out of
782) Again, I've never seen anything like this, so I am limited to
guesses. Perhaps to pull two board ends tight together prior to
783) This looks like a tripod mount for a telephoto lens for a
serious camera. Some telephotos have a built-in tripod
mount, others have removable ones -- or even after-market ones
from other makers.
The knob also allows it to be loosened so you can rotate the
camera body for either portrait or landscape mode at need.
784) Hmm ... part of an early combination lock? Normally, the
rotating discs with the holes would be behind knobs (which could
be fitted with pins in any of the holes to offset the actual
combination from the visible one on the knob, unless the numbers
visible through the aperture were not covered by the knobs.
785) Some form of grappling hook. I think for picking up groups
of sticks. The horizontal curved bar at the bottom holds the
jaws open until it is dropped onto the potential load, at which
point it is kicked out.
Once that happens, the load itself (and the weight of the hook)
closes the jaws.
I'm not sure what the notches just above the pivots (on the
"ears" engage -- though there might be a pin on the back of the
center upright, which would require the jaws to be fully opened
to nearly horizontal.
Now to see what others have said.
"R.H." wrote in news:LJLSg.5354$pq4.1522
780. Magnetic recording tape splicer (tape was used in a reel-to-reel
781. Pooper-picker-upper. A manure shovel. The manure stays in the
shovel, the bedding falls through the gaps in the wires.
782. Toenail clipper. Have you seen my toenails? Nuf said.
783. Camera or binocular adapter, so it can be held on a tripod.
784. Early mechanical calculator.
785. Either an ice or hey bale grapple.
#780 is some sort of splicing machine
#783 looks like a tripod mount for a large telephoto lense. I'd guess
a 500-800 mm lense.
#785 looks like a log skid or some sort of grappel hook. When you pull
up on the lifting ring with a crane or hoist, it clamps down. Or at
least that's what it looks like