Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Photo Quiz No. 2

Since this photo came out a bit blurry I thought it would be perfect for another photo quiz. Do you know what it is?

As a prize, I can offer a postcard from the beautiful Rheingau to the first person with the right answer :) .

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Update 27.4.: You guys are great - you had some really cool guesses!!! And... the winner is... Arnaud! He was the first one who got the right answer. Congratulations! Please email me your address so I can send you the postcard, Arnaud.

What you see on the photo is the "brain" of one of the mechanical orchestras at the Museum for Mechanical Music Instruments. It's a roll of paper with little holes in it that "tell" the mechanical orchestra which instrument to play when and how. Check out todays photo to see a selection of the different kinds.

A quick note for the future: As some of your comments showed me, I had not thought about the advantage/disadvantage of the different time zones. Sorry about that! So next time the prize of a postcard will drawn from all "submissions" :).

23 Comments:

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Lorraine said...

a telegraph machine for wine makers, please, please I want to win the postcard!!!

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger Arnaud said...

I think that it is a partition for a barrel organ ? i'm nor sure of the translation (in french orgue de barbarie).

 
At 10:16 AM, Anonymous G said...

Music for a "player piano/organ"?

 
At 10:50 AM, Blogger Lisi said...

I think its a telegraph machine too, but I want to think of something different...how about an old telegraph machine??? hehe

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger nebel said...

I agree with Arnaud and g, the first thing I thought of was a "music box" of some kind.

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger Ali said...

I really don't know what its called, but this might be a part of a piano.

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger Kala said...

Ahhh I would LOVE a postcard from Germany! ;) I have a blog on postcards! :P
hmmm *rubbing chin* Is this part of a printing press? A soda can making machine? ok, I'm baffled. I need glasses. :)

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger Sidney said...

I think arnaud is right.

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Maya said...

I thought at first glance it was a machine to make braille...written language for the blind :-P Nice quiz, Nicola...

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger Kris said...

erm..I'm late !!! ..braille machine?!!

 
At 6:29 PM, Blogger luggi said...

It's part of a sewing machine (??!)

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger Karine said...

I´m too late :((!!! No idea what it is though. I'm thinking like Arnaud. If he wins, can I get a postcard too ? :))

 
At 7:26 PM, Blogger Timmybomb said...

I think Ali is right. I believe it is a player piano (the old style that plays on its own).

 
At 8:12 PM, Anonymous pixibition said...

wow...love to have a postcard, but maybe too late im not the first person here.
um!!! i got idea include all the answers above : the piano or organ that can work as a saw machine and also print like telegraph:-P (definetly i will got a postcard, right?)

(just kidding, have no idea what it is?) cool shot!

 
At 10:31 PM, Blogger chris.h. said...

Yeah--too late for the postcard but Im 100% sure its a self playing musical box..Are they called 'melodians' or am I thinking of something else?

 
At 2:33 AM, Blogger Cynthia! said...

Crap..i first guessed an old organ and the a braille making machine.. well even though i won´t be winning the postcard I´d looove to know who won!!!!!!

 
At 3:30 AM, Blogger micki said...

What a great idea, I'm going with the music box of some sort. Curious to find out.

 
At 5:10 AM, Blogger wisconsin pics said...

very nice What is it????????

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger Nicola said...

Thank you all so much for your comments and guesses!1 You guys rock!! And you are also very creative by the way ;) (if you had not known already ;D).

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger Arnaud said...

Yeah, yeah, i won the postcard!!

 
At 4:33 PM, Anonymous lagatta à Montréal said...

Yes, the only way I won the last time was ... insomnia!

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger anoop said...

i really like the antiquity of this snap!

 
At 5:24 AM, Anonymous Andrew said...

Is this the music roll and roll frame for a Weber Maesto orchestrion?

 

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