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    Is this a VERY ULF Camera Bed?

    Wondering through a huge antique store in Chicago this last weekend, I stumbled on this. Tagged as an 'antique camera' and nothing else, i decided this must be a bed for VERY large bellows camera.

    In the lower right corner of the bed, running towards the back (towads the maniquin) is a flat gear rack. There is a solid steel bar (the cross section would be a 1/2 circle) that runs on top of the right and left wood rails of the top frame. The top wood frame is attached to the lower wood frame via a coiled steel spring and the spring is attached to a caster that is attached to the lower frame. Under each of the wood rails is a solid steel bar that is connected to each end and in the in the shape of an inverted 'V'. The two ends have a nut and jam nut.

    The length is about 14' and the width is about 2'. It is about 18" high from floor to top of the top frame.

    I have attached an annotated drawing to help with the description.

    Anyone know what this is for?
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    Bed of an old copy camera? Horizontal enlarger?

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    Sure looks and sounds like a copy camera/horizontal enlarger. Must have been a HUGE camera though - at least 11x14 if not bigger.

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    This could be an old Bob sled from the 1924. Olympics
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    on each side under the top rail is what appears to be a tension adjustment bar with nut and jam nut on each end in an inverted 'V' configuration. what would that be used for? And, I love those 4 coil (literally) springs. I have never seen a coil spring like that. Did you bother to shake the top section of the frame? The springs are very effective.



 

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