Guess What – July 2014
Round and Round We Go!
by Bob Cahn – “The Primitive Man”
To the cognoscenti (high eschelon collectors), this month’s GUESS WHAT may be familiarly recognizable but in these days of limited collector concentration — not many fall into this category.
So we’re going to presume that mystery and intrigue still prevails.
What we have is a circular revolving hardwood butcher block surface with protruding steel fins, a glass encased register gauge, a locking brake and a hinged cleaver on a pedestal base. The diameter is 22 inches.
What was it used for? Select from the following, where we’ve hidden the correct answer.
1.) Chunk cheese revolving cutting board
2.) Potter’s cut-off wheel
3.) Taxidermist’s pelt preparation platform
4.) Pizza maker’s slicing table
5.) Mosaic tile crafter’s pattern fitting cutter
6.) Baker’s cake decorating turntable and slicer
7.) Gambling casino’s roulette training wheel and deck cutting platform
8.) Jigsaw puzzle designer’s plotting table and piece separator
9.) Hostess tea time etiquette table setting manners teaching station and paper napkin cutter
10.) Caterer’s canape preparation center
11.) Chef’s meatball sliders seasoning and forming platform
12.) Fish filleter’s portion cutting and de-boning board.
That’s the list. Good luck! ’Till next time.*
*Thanx to Bruce Nordstrom, La Habra, Ca., and his vast assortment of interesting trivia exhibiting at Mike Grimes Delmar Antique Fair, Delmar, Ca.
Answer to June’s Guess What
In the ’50s, before streamlining took over, our vehicles, mainly sedans, were tall and boxy.
These square styled cars, when stopped at a traffic light, had difficulty seeing the signal change because of the roof overhang. This prism lens, suction-cupped to the windshield, allowing the driver to take in the whole overhead vista and the eventual signal change.*
*From the vast trivia inventory of Mike Goodman, “King of Stuff!”