Submarine Lung Tester, Arcade Spirometer, Recreation

The original version was featured in a circa 1900 arcade machines catalog but none are known to have survived.  This floor model machine is a recreation of the original Mills, numbered 6 of 12 made by John Papa. To play, deposit 5¢, blow into the mouth piece and see how many divers you can bring to the surface. Includes keys. Condition (Excellent). Size 31″ x 17″ x 75-1/2″.  Found on the ArcadeGuy.com website.

Medina Lung Tester, Arcade Spirometer, 1911

1¢ Spirometer Found on an AuctionGuy.com listing.  Described as: Lung Tester Shocker Arcade Machine. Countertop amusement machine in wood cabinet includes two front handles, a hose on the side for air pressure testing., and two coin slots. Dial is marked The Medina Manufacturing Co. Medina, N.Y. Includes key. Circa 1911. Condition (Excellent). Size 12-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ x 21-1/4″.

Spirometer, Hall’s, 1877

From Hall’s Journal of Health, Volume 24, 1877, page 343.

“No physician questions the value of the spirometer for exercising and expanding the lungs, and for measuring their capacity. The great difficulty has been to find an instrument that can be compressed into a small compass when not in use, so that the physician or patient could carry it from place to place as circumstances might require. Another obstacle to the more general use of this truly valuable instrument has been its cost. The unwieldy spirometer of a few years ago, cost from $10 to $20.  Dr. Hall’s Portable Spirometer costs only six dollars and will be sent free to any address on receipt of the price by the editor of this Journal.

“It is 6 by 12 inches, and when closed it stands only 3 inches high and weighs less than 3 pounds.

“This cut represents Dr. Hall’s Portable Spirometer partly inflated, in order to show the manner of using it. When not in use it can ben closed together so as to occupy the small space above stated.  The scale and guide are hinged, so that they close down on the top of the spirometer, and occupy but little space.  The brass-work is plated with silver or nickel.”

Spirometer, Long Life, Spirometer Company of California, 1921

From “Youth obtaind and retaind” by George Starr White, Phillips Printing Company, 1921, Page 34.  The spirometer was developed by Charles E. Ramage

“This littl instrument is “a western product” devized by a westerner seeking for helth, which he found, and is manufactured by the Spiro-Meter Co. (Inc.) of Pomona, California.  These peopl ar wel named “helth promoters.”  Probably their littl “lung watcher” is doing more to interest peopl in the development of their breathing than any other instrument.  This littl instrument is only the size of a watch and can be carrid like a watch attacht to a chain or cord like a watch. One can set the hand bu the stem setter, and many times a day watch just how much air he can expel from his lungs. Then as I hav said before, the reflex causes a greater amount of air to be drawn back into the lungs.”

{FYI, the misspellings appear to be deliberate as this is how the author spelled words throughout the book.}

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