Long ago (before I got into the Library biz), I trained to be a mechanical drafter. I still have some fondness of those days, and that came rushing back as I beheld this stunning work of art (via Boing Boing):
I once worked at a table similar to this, but not nearly as gorgeous. And to think this was made in the 1940's blows my mind. If anybody wants to send me $20,000 to buy this thing, drop me an email.