Mystery Gadget 14

     Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 09, 2012
     Category: Technology | 1920s

So, it's not an ego inflater?
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 11/09/12 at 09:06 AM
That looks like one of my long lost hash pipes.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 11/09/12 at 09:55 AM
Inventive! I wonder just how difficult it was to get proficient with.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/09/12 at 10:11 AM
I've actually seen a slightly more modern version of this. When I was in gradeschool (about 30 years ago), we had some people who'd had their larynx removed come to communicate with us about smoking (I thought it a good deterent). They used a little tube that vibrates and held it to their throats while they would basically burp out the words. It left their voices sounding very, very strange.
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Posted by LindaTran on 11/09/12 at 08:57 PM
That is very inventive. I'd never make it if I couldn't talk that's for sure! big surprise
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/09/12 at 09:10 PM
Welcome to WU Linda!

For those of you that have never heard the electronic version of this Gadget, I am pleased to present the vocal stylings of the Great NED GERBLANSKI!
cool smile
Posted by Tyrusguy on 11/09/12 at 09:18 PM
@Patty I HEARD THAT!!! LOL ME TOO! cool cheese
Posted by Tyrusguy on 11/09/12 at 09:27 PM
I used electronic versions of such a device (Electrolarynx) with laryngectomy patients when I was in college. A device that looks quite a bit like an electric razor was held against the throat, vibrating the air so that the person using it could speak as they exhaled. A similar device was used in lots of '70's music--- think Peter Frampton's "Show Me the Way." (I think that's what it's called --- not much of a Frampton fan.) That type usually had a tube that vibrated the air in the mouth. I didn't take time to look up the date of this article, but it looks like it's from the '20's -- lots of medical innovations came from VA hospitals trying to help WWI vets from their terrible injuries; I'm guessing this was one of them.
Anyone scroll up a page and see the asbestos lined pie pan that prevents burning the crusts?
Posted by ScoutC on 11/10/12 at 04:07 PM
Frampton used a Talk Box or Golden Throat, not quite the same as a electrolarynx, but can be used for vocalising music.

A precursor to the tube in the mouth is the Sonovox, which is worth googling as well.
Posted by dumbledoor in Hell on 11/12/12 at 06:50 AM
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