Archive for the ‘Musee des Arts-et-Metiers’ Category

I saved my favorites for last.

La Monocyclette: a vertical printing machine.






Details of Marinoni’s rotary letterpress printing machine. (1883)





Plus…though I cannot correctly identify the proper name or purpose of the Centrifugal Frammis avec Wires et les Numbers Totally Random in my post from Monday, I will share that this next device sat on the top of it. Looks pretty darned electrical to me. And the whole thing was housed in the wing designated Mechaniques.


Seriously? That’s still not enough information?


I give and I give and I give…


Machine for reeding linen, 1810…assuming that my spotty notes are somewhat accurate.  I did try to find other images of such a machine online–for confirmation–and was not able to, so I expect you’ll just need to trust me on this one.


Such a utilitarian machine, yet created with such fine detailing. I find the marriage of  beauty and function here to be wonderful. Did you catch all the engravings? Not sure about the significance of the dragon but it does seem to be original to the piece.




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.