I must be really old

A local township near me put some unnecessary equipment on auction. Very well, but they couldn’t identify what these pieces of technology were and what they are used for:



(I do know, of course)

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I have both within spitting distance. I think we should both just look the other way and make no eye contact.

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There’s three of us not making eye contact.

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I have given mine away to a new home with persons at least 30 years younger than me.

Perhaps if we quietly admit on some form of social media that these are in fact irreplaceable artifacts from the original star-wars film we might be able to make some money from them. I know with the three of us involved provenance is not in question, but do we really want to just sell this priceless items.

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What I like about Scandinavia is that people are reluctant to dump things that someone can use. I remember that during my first trip to Sweden, I noticed a lot of hand-made directional signs with the word LOPPIS on the road. What is this? Now I often visit both these stationary flea markets - because it means that word, but I like the occasional ones more, which can be compared to garage sales.
As for your photos - this projector could be considered a moped engine :wink:

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Make that four.

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Make that five. A long time since I used one, though.

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Id throw in a still working epidiascope if I could be bothered digging it out. But unfortunately it is covered over by a Camera obscura that some old italian left here.

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I have an epidiascope that my father built himself - I think he even designed it. It is totally recycled with parts from a discarded camera, sardine tins and other odds and ends.
People of my parents’ generation had lived through wartime austerity and never threw anything remotely usable away. My dad had boxes with parts from 1920s radios, clocks etc. that he used to make toys and small sculptures.

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I wonder how many will google it and then actually understand what it is.

I was pretty sure I knew.

I did a search on Google and it confirmed my ideas.

I am a bit old.

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With the exception of the 6 foot fiberglass sink, I have a full set of darkroom equipment from back in the day when I practically lived in it. I recently repurposed the enlarger into a copy stand for my camera, and it works quite well actually.

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I was looking at my old 35mm equipment the other day. Light seals need to be replaced and I’d like to get shutters timed and the meters calibrated but then I figured they don’t make the films I would like to use any more so the stuff would just sit. Got rid of my medium and large format stuff years ago and kind of regret it.

…like 2016. Found pics. Couple scraps of Azek, an old 1960’s quick tripod adapter, and some screws and good to go. D7100 with a 1982 Micro-Nikkor. Manual focus only.

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The problem with old technology is that it is so beautiful. I too have cameras gathering dust that I cannot get myself to get rid of. Especially my dad’s collapsible Kodak Retina and my own Rollei 35S are a joy just to take out and hold, almost jewelry-like. I still also have a medium format Mamiya but that is much rougher. Haven’t used film since I got my first digital camera.

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I’m not even a photographer, and I know what they are/were, … what my wife says, “you’re older than dirt”, must be true.

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The really worrying thing is when you are trolling through facebook marketplace, just because you are old and do that, and you find someone selling an Antique! and you are sitting on it!
I’m worth a fortune if you can be bothered selling my life out from under me.

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If you are really old, you don’t use Facebook at all!

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Ah but there is a difference between using it and trolling the marketplace.

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