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July 16, 2009

Antarctic Item 022


Today’s mystery item had a rotating part that’s now stuck. Whatever its former purpose, the “dial with a smile” appears content in retirement.

The flip side is happy too, perhaps because it kind of resembles a toy automobile when turned upside-down. Not a bad after-life for a mechanical device.

Filed under: Items Reclaimed from the Ice — mbartalos @ 11:55 pm


  1. Where did you find this interesting piece?

    Comment by Sharona Thompson — July 17, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

  2. I suspected this might catch your eye Sharona! This was from Crunch Noring at Marble Point. It’s one of the many artifacts he found around camp over the years there. Do you or Holly have any clues to what it might be?

    Comment by mbartalos — July 17, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

  3. Ah this is a latch mechanism from a Jamesway box/floor. When one box is inverted and filled with the tent, another box is placed on top and attaches with this cam lock. To operate one slips an allen key into what is now the junk filled “nose” of the trash beast.

    Comment by Travis — December 3, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

  4. Nice to have an expert weigh in! Thanks Travis.

    Comment by mbartalos — December 10, 2010 @ 12:20 am

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