“It went “Zip when it moved, and “Bop” when it stopped,
and “Whirrr” when it stood still,
I never knew just what it was, and I guess I never will.
(c)Tom Paxton, “The Wondrous Toy”
These two photos are from my trip to the Lonaconing SIlk Mill last month. I don’t think that any of us who have been to the mill have the slightest clue to what these devices are or what they are meant to do, but we have all photographed them at one time or the other. They seem to move from place to place in the mill, never in the same place twice, so where they actually belong is anybody’s guess.They are metal “cones”, standing about 8-10 inches tall, with several holes, and affixed about 12 at a time to wooden bases, making a pallet. I found them this time in the lower floor of the mill, with several pallets stacked up. I took several straight forward shots of them, but was not satisfied with the results, so I went a little artsy with these two shots.