A volunteer by the name of Mark and I worked really hard last week to try to get the room that houses all the old medical equipment ready for the public. It is a work in progress.
We found this..
This is a table. What is really cool about this table is that it is portable. The legs fold up and the headrest folds down and then the halves of the table fold together and you can carry it where ever you want to be..it is not real heavy. I would guess that it is made from Birch. What do you think it was used for?
The handle that you carry it around with is on the left. This little sign is on the right.
Made by The Gleason Board Co. Rochester NY. I did a quick search for them, I found that they began their business in 1865. I will venture to guess that the table was manufactured sometime in 1870 to 1880.
Mark and I talked about this table. Mark guessed it was like a portable massage table. I guessed that it was a traveling Doctors exam table. We were both wrong. Have you guessed what kind of a table it is yet?
Mark is a musician, he plays guitar and mandolin and who knows what all..he gives music lessons the rest of the week and on Tuesdays he volunteers at the museum. Far Guy is coming to help with the communications room this next week..we have a switchboard and all kinds of phones and typewriters galore and cameras..oh ya..I guess I am babbling on like a brook..
Did you guess Embalming Table? Well that is what it is. I learn something new everyday..:)