OCTOBER 2000

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This month we’re offering you a free, all-expenses paid trip to "Gadgetland," and you don’t even have to be a winning Super Bowl quarterback. The device facing the glare and scrutiny of the "Guess What" spotlight is something most of us can live without - but if we decided to live with it we may not live longer because of it. Confusing? It’s meant to be.

The base is cast iron with a stippled black paint finish, the flat sliding horizontal raised rail is plated (for easy gliding motion) and so is the square box (which moves back and forth). There is an elogated opening on top with a moveable sliding cover -activated by a side lever working it open and closed. 

This box is balanced and guided on a rod that starts out solid - becoming hollow...with a diagonally cut painted end to the shaft. All this to fulfill a
simple vice-like craving? We forgot to mention the size: 9" wide by 3" deep by 2½" high. The box is 3¼" wide by 3" deep by 1¼" high. 

The manfacturer stamped the name "CLIPPER" across the top - which seems to have no special significance. If it did, do you think we would have mentioned it? Too many clues, and you wouldn’t need us. The patent number puts it between 1943-44. We’ll concede that you fill or load it with something you you later eject. The monthly challenge is to figure out what and to what purpose.

Here are some fetched and not so far-fetched possibilities: 1) seed packets, 2) hour glasses, 3) bean bags, 4) jelly donuts, 5) mini salt & pepper containers, 6) sugar envelope, 7) shot gun shells, 8) dental amalgum gun, 9) ice cream sprinkles sprayer. Oops, we ran out of space! Wouldn’t you know - the answer was number ten.

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    Answer to August's Guess What..?

Last month’s muslin-covered roller in the cast iron from was a mechanical manuscript or secretarial copying stand. One would insert the hand written or short hand notes or material in the roller, with the cross-bar holding it in position to prevent it from curling, folding or flopping down making it difficult to see and read for transcribing.

The lever, when activated, advanced the roller with its subject matter again resembling that of similar type-writer action. This is a sought after accessory by advanced typewriter collectors. 10/2000