Posted: June 9, 2014 in 17-85mm lens, Canon 60D, Details, Musee des Arts-et-Metiers, Museums, Paris, Photography, Wabi Sabi, Wood

Let me give you a sense of the physical setting here.  Room after room in the three story building looked like this:


Windows! Lots of windows spilling sunshine onto warm wooden floors. Outside walls were lined with orderly display cases and this interesting set of narrow rail tracks ran through the middle. Since the tracks often ended at a wall, we concluded that it was an artifact from an earlier time.

Smaller machines and devices generally were in the glass cases. Bigger machines, like this one, dominated the centers of the rooms.


Sorry, but I don’t document well when I am in an altered state of Photo-Joy. I do not know what that wonderful circle is, but I think we can all agree that it is a thing of beauty.

I can identify the next three. (I’ll bet you could, too, without my input.) They were a part of the Communications wing and are examples of early movie-making equipment.




Still to come: gears, gears and more gears.






  1. Marjorie says:

    Thank you for these vicarious visits to Les Musee Des Artes! I can feel your energy!

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    Wonderful shots. And no-one else, not even a sleeping guard, in sight! Was there an audio tour or did you just wander around?

    • Thank you. While I am always open to a little wild exaggeration with a hyperbole chaser, the museum truly was sans patrons. No audio tour and little signage in English so, yes, it was sort of a free range wander.

  3. andykidd says:

    I wish there was a Shazam type app to identify that round thing. I really want to know and I want to know why the numbering sequence. What do those cable do? I need to get there now! Such good photos but distracted photographer – sigh.

    • “What a beautiful machine! The card says it is an early version of a centrifugal frammis. I’ll note that as soon as I take a couple of…oh, look! Shiny…”
      I told a friend recently that what I need is a Sherpa-tery: someone to tote my equipment AND take notes.

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