Category Archives: 1950s

McKesson Metabolor, Model 185, circa 1950

From the NIH Office of History Website.  Described as:

“Black enameled metal cart with single drawer which holds small accessories. Metabolor is tan enameled metal with chrome accents. Display dial on back. The left side has an oxygen fill line and knob; the front has a canister, stainless steel hose bracketed to torn black rubber hoses; gauges; and recording area with paper.”

Sanborn Metabolator, circa 1950, Top Panel View

From The Doctors of BC Medical Museum website.   Described as:

“A Sanborn Metabulator, model 10, serial number 1845, volts 115, cycles 60, amps 0.5 with an inbuilt recording compartment with paper roll to print paper chart, a barometer and thermometer dial, a carbon dioxide absorption chamber filled with soda lime granules and an oxygen gas cylinder B.P. Oxygen. The metabulator is on casters making it easily portable, with a protective hood cover. A right-hand side door opens to reveal the oxygen tank and a storage area which contains a scoop tool, a jar holder and a lever tool. An engraved metal plaque attached to the metabulator reads MADE FOR S. KATHLEEN GRAHAM M.D. BY SANBORN COMPANY CAMBRIDGE. MASS. U.S.A.”

Sanborn Metabulator, circa 1950

Found on the Skinner Auction website.  Described as:

Mahogany Cased Metabulator by Sanborn Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1950, recording compartment with paper roll, barometer and thermometer dial, carbon dioxide absorption chamber and oxygen tank, metal plaque stating Made for George Danis, MD by Sanborn Company, Cambridge, Mass., USA, all in a mahogany cabinet with draw on wheels and instruction manual, ht. 41 in. “

Spirometer, Collins, modified by Gaensler for Timed Vital Capacity, 1951

From ‘Analysis of the ventilatory defect by timed vital capacity measurements.’ By Edward Gaensler, American Review of Tuberculosis, 1951; 64(3): page 260.

“Fig. 1. Vital capacity spirometer with timed capacity attachment and electronic timer.  The insert shows the timing device with the cover removed.  On the left is the micro-switch which initiates the timed interval when the spirometer bell begins to rise.  On the right is the midget solenoid  which moves the added second pointer only while it is activated by the timer. “