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Graflex mystery thingie

Stephen S , Jul 28, 2004; 02:08 p.m.

This came with my 4x5 Crown purchased many years ago. I have no idea what it is for. Not shown in photo are two screws on bakelite [?] base for apparent wire hookup (like on a household electrical fixture.) Bulb is a bayonet mount.



Art Haykin , Jul 28, 2004; 06:14 p.m.

I think it's a strawberry Jell-O mold.

Michael Ging , Jul 28, 2004; 06:19 p.m.

I can't imagine Homer going for anything that Bright............ I susupect it a home made flashbulb holder.

Tito Carlos Maria Sobrinho , Jul 28, 2004; 11:59 p.m.

I suspect it is an automotive bulb, that somehow ended up misplaced with the Crown.

Art Haykin , Jul 29, 2004; 07:57 p.m.

Smack on, Tito: it's off the 1916 BelchFire Mark IV Steamer with chain drive and a collapsing windshield. It was the prototype to the Fizzari X-3 Concours Special with an Air Cooled in-line 12 Cylinder Deisel Engine.

Stephen S , Aug 02, 2004; 12:06 p.m.

I used Art's precise description to sell thingie online to a rare car buff for $1500! Drinks on me, guys!

Dennis McLaughlin , Feb 16, 2005; 12:43 p.m.

I have several of the lamp sockets you pictured with Homer and the jello mold. I have several on hand because we use them all the time with flash bulbs inserted in them to indicate when high voltage circuits have been initiated. I work at a US Navy weapons test lab and this old flashbulb technology is still useful for us, just not in the usual way for camera lighting. The high speed camera guys sometimes use flashbulbs still, but they are bulbs the size of a 200 watt bulb. My point in responding is that I need more of these "thingies". Where on earth can I begin a search for them? Has anyone given you any info yet that may lead me in the right direction?

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