Originally Posted by kaseki
Heh. Thanks for the insight. There were several historical devices in that lab so I had hope. Note the Tektronix 'scope clone without any name.
Not only that, he had removed the blue or green filter in front of the CRT phosphor (which heightens contrast when mounted) and which was done usually for one of two reasons: either the CRT is getting dim, or for photography since it made the trace a little brighter and with the hood on there was no light on the tube face anyway, lol.
Most of the stuff in that lab screams 1970's to me -- I was actually working in electronics in the 1970's and that looks like it might have been the time shown. The scope actually looks a little small for the time and maybe places it later? I guess it was like late 70's the Tektronix 465's were around and I had one. I just gave my last one away to a guy last year and I don't have any analog scopes any more at home, just an inexpensive Rigol digital.
But in most labs, you'd find an assortment of stuff. We had an old tube-type differential voltmeter that still worked well (if you let it warm up for a loooongggg time) and so you could find anachronisms very easily I think in any lab, even today. Whoever did the design for that lab did a great job though in my opinion, it feels like another time with very little wrong. I wonder about the Wimshurst static generator on the desk though. Either a favorite curio of the engineer there, or I don't know what it would have been used for. In some ways, seeing things like that on the desk makes me think of high school or college labs, lol. Maybe that's what this was.
Did you notice in the final "floating" what doesn't take off like the coat and coat rack and some other things? I don't know if that's an oversight or there's a puzzle there to be figured out, like what could have been in the pockets, lol.
Mostly I work in software (automation) these days and don't need the facilities I once did. Kind of miss the old iron though.