Laboratory Stands
   The laboratory stand is rarely seen today. However, in the 1900-era, galvanometers were typically supported on laboratory stands, and read from a distance using a scale and telescope.

   Most laboratory stands have been thrown out or put to other uses. I have one similar to the one at the right which is used as a cat perch for looking out of a window.

   Both of these stands were at the Smithsonian Institution's Silver Hill facility when I photographed them in the late 1970s. 

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   The small stand at the left probably dates from 1890-1900, and is in the apparatus collection of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The original apparatus that it supported is lost, but the decorated stand is worth the price of admission.
 
 

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