Can you guess what this is?

The first reader to guess what the image below is, with the manufacturer name and model number, will get first choice of a list of books to follow. The next five readers to do that will get their choice of the remaining books in order of who is second, third, etc.

I am sorry that I cannot ship internationally; I can only ship in the continental US, but I invite anyone outside the US to guess as well because you are also important to me and our audience.

The books are as follows:

The TAB Battery Book: An In-depth guide to construction, design, and use, Michael Root

Solenoid Control, Testing, and Servicing: A Handy reference for engineers and technicians, Robert M. Haney

The Eureka Method: How to think like an inventor, John Hershey

How to diagnose and fix everything electronic, Michael Jay Geir

The power of design: Product innovation in sustainable energy technologies, A. Reinders, J. Carel Diehl, H. Brezet

In my recent travels, I encountered this vintage piece of electrical work that caught my attention. I will let you know where I saw this item and I will give a good detailed description about it once the contest is over.

The contest will last for two weeks and end on Friday, July 28.

Take a good look and give me your best, educated guess with as much detail as possible.

Image courtesy of Gabi Marie Photography

Image courtesy of Gabi Marie Photography

9 comments on “Can you guess what this is?

  1. GSKrasle
    July 17, 2017

    Is that a stripped-down Simplex E7?

    I think that's the same one that was in Cinema Paradiso, which movie illustrates why lots of these machines are in …TOASTED… condition.


  2. annovda
    July 17, 2017

    Agree on it being a Simplex E7, and the back half of the machine looks like a Peerless Magnarc Type F carbon arc lamp and below the E7 (the black box above the lower reel) looks like a RCA Photophone 1050 Sound Head.

  3. Stuart.Currie
    July 19, 2017

    Looks Like an Simplex E7.

    Models from the era are listed on the film-tech dot com site. First made by International projection then Strong corp.

  4. UncleRalph
    July 19, 2017

    Here's a veritable exposé on a very similar unit:

  5. jessepkm
    July 19, 2017

    oh my god, look quickly gives to say that this is a steam engine.

    Looking better, I would say that it is a camera differentiated .

  6. Steve Taranovich
    July 28, 2017

    By the judge's decision here are the winners in order of being the first, second, third and fourth in selecting the book of your choice:


    1. annovda

    2. UncleRalph

    3. Stuart

    4. GSKrasle


    Please send me your book request (Give me your top 4 books in order of preference) and address to: 

    This was fun—congratulations to all

  7. stevencarter
    July 29, 2017

    I googled and got many portraits with people that angle their body to the camera, but that definition may include more things I failed to notice (and there were also subject directly facing the camera) so I believe this excuses a post.

  8. Jamie Patterson
    August 23, 2017

    Where do you find this stuff? Old Simplex. E7? Those things gave off a lot of heat!

  9. Steve Taranovich
    August 23, 2017

    Hi Jamie,

    I was visiting Jerome, AZ and it was from an old movie theatre there years ago. As a bonus, I walked by a small local 'saloon' and heard 60s rock music coming from inside. There were guys in their 60s (like me) playing electric guitars and drums–it brought me back to my college days in Greenwich Village NYC back in the late 60s near NYU

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