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Monday, August 29, 2011

France/Spain 2011 - Day 4, Part 5 - Paris: Musée des Arts et Métiers

"You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you're doing is recording it." - Art Buchwald

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France/Spain 2011
Day 4 - 20th March - Paris: Musée des Arts et Métiers
(Part 5)

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Large Electrostatic Machine, 18th c.

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Detector amplifier type "L1", 1917

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TV Camera, 1935

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Strowger selector, c. 1940

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Box of Cable Samples, 1924

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Hugues printing device, 1875
I'm not sure what the piano keys do

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"Interview" film camera, 1922
Notice it says "Made in France" in English

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Pathé Kok projector, 1911

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Optical Amusements - this gave the illusion of a moving image

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Pens, 1894

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Plate as cast for Marinoni's rotary press, 1883

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Movable type

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Stuff for Phantasmagoria:

"a form of theatre which used a modified magic lantern to project frightening images such as skeletons, demons, and ghosts onto walls, smoke, or semi-transparent screens, frequently using rear projection"

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On Phantasmagorias

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Glazed earthenware dishes, 1889

There was a room with materials which was quite boring, but it was better than gears.

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Electroplated shield, c. 1850

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Autovacc, 1990
So why are we still vacuuming?!

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Luckily, I'm too young to recognise this. This is an 8" floppy, not a 5.25" one.

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Counting Machine

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Mystery (?) clock, late 19th c.

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Box of simple microscopes. Germany, mid-18th c.

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Astronomical clock, early 19th c.

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Clock with double annular face, c. 1770

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Lavoisier's gasometers, 1785

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Device for experimenting on vinous fermentation, late 18

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Barometers, early 19th c. and 1780. They have a weather indicator, not just a pressure one

There were scientific instruments with weight and measures, but I didn't see a reproduction of the official KG weight.

I then went back to the ground floor to hear a talk about Foucault's Pendulum. I arrived 5 minutes late so I didn't get a very good spot.


Guide explaining. I was quite tired and hurting by this time so I didn't really pay attention.

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Bicycles

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Steam Car, 1770

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There were too many spoilt screens for the inconvenience to be "occasional"

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Unidentified Flying Object

There was also an exhibiton: "Doubles vies. La face cachée des machines" ("Double Lives. The hidden face of machines") but this was just photographs ofmachines taken from odd angles so they looked like faces etc., so it wasn't very interesting.

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La Café des Techniques à toutes vapeurs
Apparently all their dishes are steamed. Ugh.
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