Searching for the Ether, ca. 1932

Etherdriftdetector
Don’tcha just love this old, art-deco science stuff?  Thanks to Lace L., our Zanesville correspondent, for this Link from Boing Boing.com:

The December, 1932 ish of Modern Mechanix immortalized this wondrous and loony German machine that measured the drift of the ether, "that impalpable substance which, according to one school of thought, fills the space in which the universe swims."

It is an apparatus to measure the drift of the ether, that impalpable substance which, according to one school of thought, fills the space in which the universe swims. Theoretically the motion of the earth, passing through this ether, should set up a drift comparable to the breeze generated by the motion of an automobile through the air.

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