Really, I’m not try to drag out my Adamstown visit. There are just that many unique things that deserve attention that I am avoiding a large inclusive photo dump. And I always wanted to do a blog with “circa” in the title. I like that word.
There were two unique items that I feel deserve their own blog. The first is the:
This is a portable, folding chair used by the traveling dentist. It was designed to fold and be carried in the back of the buggy.
Not only did the chair fold but the seat height was adjustable.
I am sure this chair was a marvel for the time, but consider how stable it was when it was occupied by a 300 lb. man during an extraction without anesthetics. I feel sure there were 300 lb. men in 1900. And they might have had bad teeth.
The other device is:
This is described as “A Dr. C. H. Williams railroad lantern for testing color sense or blindness in railroad workers. Made by Peter Gray & Sons, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1895.”
It consisted of a metal box with a wheel with 18 colored discs, three light bulbs and a rheostat.
There are several links for this lantern including this one from the University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection.
The Official Proceedings, Volume 17, of the Western Railway Club has a description here.
Next, Painted Chests.