After people saw the video and photos in my blog Slideshow: Welcome to the Pleasure Dome (My Office), I've received quite a lot of feedback on the strange and unusual items to be found in my office.
In fact, some people seemed to be so excited that, just a few minutes ago, I took a closer look myself. When I come to think about it, there really are some unusual items here. In one small corner of one of the bookshelves, for example, we find some old analog meters in Bakelite cases sitting on a pile of paper tape and punch cards. And these aren’t just any old punch cards, because one interesting specimen has round holes.
Papertape, analog meters, and radioactive marbles.
On the bottom left of the above image we see some antique dials; in the middle of the bottom we see a knife switch that reminds us of Igor making the connection and Dr Frankenstein crying "It's alive! It's alive!" And to the right of the bottom we find two radioactive marbles sitting in holes in pink foam (to stop them rolling away).
Glancing around the shelves, my eyes fell on another item. A small book of engineering tables. I took the book off the shelf and took a photo of it next to a quarter so you can see just how small this is:
Antique book of engineering tables.
This contains all sorts of useful information for bricklayers (500 bricks = load; 1,000 bricks closely stacked = 56 cubic feet…), carpenters, plasterers, plumbers, metalworkers, painters, and engineers. Take a guess: How old do you think this book is and/or when do you think it was published?
Of course, all of this got me to thinking. Do you have any strange and/or unusual and/or unique items in your office that make your guests gasp with surprise and delight and ask, "What on Earth is that?" If so, please let me know by posting a comment below. Also, please feel free to email any pictures and descriptions of any really cool and interesting items to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for me to use in a follow-up blog.