What do you do with this thing? Sleuths, even my hubby didn't know what it was.

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Ok, Sleuths.

Here's a change of subject from historic Searcy.

I stumbled upon this in the back closets of a relative.

"What the devil is this?"  I asked Hubby.

He turned it this way and that way and finally admitted that he didn't know

SOOOOOOOO.....

Gadget, what is it

Here it is.  Some of you will try to read the paper inside.  That's ok.  All is fair in trying to determine what this thing is. 

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Anonymous
Jmoore

Haven't a clue what the object is in your pic. But I DO have a quick question for ya.. What does "Rainmaker" stand for??

Thanks,

J.moore

Jan 31, 2013 09:46 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Well, I think it means you have achieved so many points but I am not sure.

Jan 31, 2013 10:50 AM #2
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Carol Zingone
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Barbara, I can only see the word responsibility....
Jan 31, 2013 07:48 PM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Carol, at least you could read a little of it!

Jan 31, 2013 09:02 PM #4
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Anita Fuller

To Don and Harold Gene:  DO NOT GO first to the White County blog, where Barbara has also posted this "whatever it is" thingee.  She is leading two lives now and I'm not sure that's fair!!! LOL.

I figure Don will have enlarged all the instructions in the jar by breakfast time.  Gene will be a little later as he's on the west coast.  But don't sell them short, either one.  I know what it is because I cheated.

Jan 31, 2013 10:09 PM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, at least you admitted that you cheated but DID you know what it was?  Those facebook folks must stay up late.  I was betting that Don and Harold Gene could figure it out pronto.  Wonder if it would sell on ebay?

Jan 31, 2013 10:13 PM #6
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Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

It looks like a antique asthma inhaler but there needs to be a pump to produce a measured dose of medication. There is a bump on the top but it doesn't look like a pump device.

To make it more confusing, I can recognize the words "wiring circuit",  "elecrtic motor", and " damage to finish" so that leads me to believe it's used for spraying something like a artist's paint spray nozzle.

What's the size?

I was in the process of writing this when you said don't go to the White County blog. I haven't gone there yet.

Jan 31, 2013 10:31 PM #7
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Anita Fuller

You are sorta close, Don...but keep researching and thinking.  Do not let us down and go to the other blog. My money is on you, and you know how I hate to lose, esp. money.

Barbara, you have to stay up late and get up early to beat the White County folks.  NO, I didn't have a clue.

I have an idea it would sell BIG on eBay.  Could you give it a try?  There is a sucker born every minutes, or so sayth P.T. Barnum.

Jan 31, 2013 11:35 PM #8
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Don Thompson
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Too late, Anita, I already went to the blog. O.k. close is good enough for me. If it is indeed a Electrolux vaporizer, there is one on eBay that looks similar.

Electrolux Vaporizer

This one fits on the end of the vacuum hose by inserting the metal fitting inside. 

Since we're talking about vacuum cleaner spraying gadgets, I had to take pictures of a RexAir sprayer that is about the same vintage as the featured item. This is from a pre 50's RexAir owned by Paula's parents in Searcy.  The jar is about the size of a pint Mason jar.

RexAir Spray Nozzle

Here's the description from the owner's manual.


ManualIn the 40's through the  70's it was quite common for vacuum cleaners to have several attachments to do household chores. The vaporizers or atomizers were useful for lots of things even spraying paint. Today's vacuums don't allow using them as a pressurized air supply.

Feb 01, 2013 12:22 AM #9
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Anita Fuller

I am not believing this!  Don't y'all EVER throw anything away or send it to recycle?   Don I'm talking to you.

Feb 01, 2013 12:36 AM #10
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Mary Dunn

So, what is the White County blog?  Can you give me an address or a link>

Feb 01, 2013 12:44 AM #11
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Mary, they are talking about facebook.  I have been posting the blog on facebook also and it gets lots of responses from people who never go to see a blog.  Go to facebook and visit White County as I remember it.  It is a closed group so you have to ask to get in possibly.  It is made up of just historic type articles. 

Don and Anita, this one was from a Wards vacuum. 

Feb 01, 2013 02:35 AM #12
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Harold Gene Sullivan

Boy, if one spends the day busy on other things, he misses out on all the new discussion.  Howeever, if I had been on I would have had no idea what the device was. 

Good research, Don. 

Feb 01, 2013 04:11 PM #13
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Harold Gene, we all need a rest now and then.  Be sure that you visit the facebook site, White County as I remember it.  It has lots of old pictures of Searcy and White County.

Feb 01, 2013 08:51 PM #14
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Vacuum spray attachment Wards

Here is the illustration for the use of this attachment.  I still think you'd be making a huge mess.

Feb 01, 2013 11:22 PM #15
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Harold Gene Sullivan

Anita is correct, I don't think Don has ever thrown anything away.  Even more amazing, he remembers what he has and can find it. 

Feb 02, 2013 04:13 AM #16
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Anita and Harold Gene, I guess you'd say that Don has an organized mind!  He is not a hoarder. 

Feb 02, 2013 09:54 PM #17
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Hello Barbara and I had no idea what that strange looking thing was until I rolled down to your comments, it looked like a type of horn at first!

Well believe it or not it has almost been 1 year since you posted this post at AR. Your post and photo have been FEATURED at one of the "Strangest" groups at AR ...

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Dec 28, 2013 11:01 PM #18
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Why, thank you, Vegas Bob.  It's an honor to be featured at your site.

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