I freely confess that I don’t know what this is. I’m also completely confident that whatever else it might be, it’s extremely obsolete. I found all these pictures on a contact sheet in a file called “Fondren Library” and couldn’t resist blowing them up to take a good look at whatever this is.
It clearly had some circulation function, but I’m not sure what else it might have done. I hope it did a lot because it looks pretty unwieldy, like using a food processor when a sharp knife would do. But I could be totally wrong about that. After all, I don’t even know what it is!
Bonus: I was startled to see this box outside the chapel last Friday. Anyone familiar with the movie A Christmas Story will immediately conclude that it must hold an enormous lamp shaped like a woman’s leg. (It even says “Fragile” on it!)
Alas, no leg. But something exciting is going on in the chapel right now. (That’s what they call a teaser—I’ll have more later.)