I’ve done my darndest to find out more about these wood & metal hospital trays. I’m guessing they predate WWII, but I could be totally wrong and welcome any information you might know. Research mostly brought up images and not enough history.
My husband bought this when it was a pile. He took it off someone’s hands for ten bucks. It was a sad mess when he brought it home – everything painted inoperable and ugly… but I immediately fell in love with it and we both saw its potential. With a little help from his dad’s machinery, my fix-it man disassembled, repaired and reassembled it piece-by-piece. It’s classy and has a touch mystery about it. I can totally see my professorial sister using it as a lectern for her Art History lectures.
Somehow keeping it is a far clearer image! 😉
I think hospitals should reinstate these. Recovery rates might just improve.