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:

McConnell Dental Chair Demorest, GA  -  USA

McConnell Dental Chair
Demorest, GA – USA

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.

Front view.

Front view.

Rear view.

Rear view.

Not only did the chair fold but the seat height was adjustable.

Seat height adjustment.

Seat height adjustment.

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:

Dr. C. H. Williams' Lantern for Testing Color-Sense.

Dr. C. H. Williams’ Lantern for Testing Color-Sense.

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.

The Lantern.

The Lantern.

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.