a very functional machine with a very mysterious purpose
I came across this delightful looking machine at a second hand store in Alabama today. Knobs and switches have an aesthetic of unquestionably clear function, and when context separates them from external clues, the effect of simultaneous clarity and confusion is wonderful!
A photographer friend later told me that this is a power pack for strobes, and that it is tricky to fix. He knew all about the machine, and I was extremely impressed.