Couple more things found in the garage

This is even more self indulgent and boring than usual, but I had to show you more unearthed treasure.

Lovely little light meter. Bakelite body, great dial. Has a perforated disk that you can place over the photocell to increase the range so to speak.


And half a dozen or so 16″ BBC transcription disks. Some music, some spoken word. The disks are aluminum covered in a black lacquer.

  1. #1 by michaeljsouth on September 12, 2016 - 7:41 am


    • #2 by albell on September 12, 2016 - 8:10 am

      Vaguely interesting but ultimately useless finds eh? I’d rather find some rolled up Rembrandt sketches πŸ™‚



  2. #3 by edbee on September 12, 2016 - 8:51 am

    Maybe (with some mirrors or a light tube?) you could set that light meter up in your van so that you can see the cool dial AND it could be hooked up to automatically turn off your high beams when oncoming traffic is approaching. This seems like a perfect AB invention/task (forgive me, I just woke up… ) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • #4 by albell on September 12, 2016 - 9:07 am

      You mean like the sort of thing that was in some 60’s American luxury cars? Beyond my pay grade Ed πŸ™‚

      The meter is really sensitive, pegs outside in the sun even with perforated cover on. Which I suppose is to be expected. Looks like the meter is designed to measure amount of light for work tasks.

      The Bakelite body is very satisfying to hold. They really don’t make things like this anymore.



  3. #5 by John Thomas on March 6, 2017 - 11:39 am

    Re: Light Meter. Been in the movie biz for many years. The perforated disc(s) (aka Slides) are included so that when inserted you can read the exposure (f stop) directly from the dial. Otherwise you’d have to convert lumens to your film speed. Every disc should have a number printed on it which corresponds to a particular ASA/ISO value for a movie camera running at 24fps, which works out to about 1/50 sec/frame. Originally, there was most probably another attachment, a translucent white colored hemisphere shape. Like half a ping pong ball. Slides measure direct light and the hemisphere is mainly used to check incident lighting. So there.

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