Thursday, May 10, 2007

strange studio item #458

It's safe to say that I have absolutely NO IDEA what this is - but I love it! It's one of those weird, random things that seem to find its way into my studio...and my heart. I don't know why, but I have always loved and have been fascinated with little gadgety things that have knobs and dials on them. I don't know if it's because they make me think of robots or what, but my eyes go ga-ga for 'em. This particular little gem, the Trail-A-Matic, was something that my husband found when we were living in our loft in the River Market. I think he found it in the street. Knowing my love for such strange objects, he snatched it and it's been mine ever since. HA! To see these photos larger, go here.

6 comments:

DawnMarie said...

Sadly I cannot help you with figuring out what that object is. I came across your photos on Flickr and had to comment on your home. I fell in love with your home and your decorating style. I love to browse photos of homes to get ideas. Your decorating is so comfortable and so inviting. I look forward to seeing more photos of thnigs you create and do to your home.

Cheers,
Dawn Marie

Kirsten said...

Yay, I love your blog! and your music recommendations! you have such great taste ;) Congrats on the revamped site, too! xo

Anonymous said...

it is an air conditioning control unit from an old Airstream camper

maura said...

thanks for your comments, everyone!

anon: several folks posted clues to the AC unit on my flickr page - thx for confirming!

robwilkinson said...

it is an old trailer brake control unit used on campers and so fourth!!! If you type in the patent numbers shown on the box, you will see that I am correct!!!! and it is not for AC!!!

Anonymous said...

It is one of three units used in a system called ASCS automatic stabilization control system. This unit was the control unit mounted in the tow vehicle. Two other units were mounted in the trailer. When the trailer would become unstable and sway the command unit would sense this and apply power to the trailer brakes to restabilize the trailer.