This lamp was a creative conversion made up by my imaginative Mother. On a visit to New Orleans some time ago they went into an
antique store and found these wooden cylinders that had a variety of metal patterns affixed to the outer surface. The purpose of the roller in its original state was to print
wallpaper. I imagine it passed over some sort of inking pad before hitting the paper itself.
I enjoy having the lamp in my living room. Thanks to the new florescent light bulb I am able to pump up the wattage so that it makes an excellent light to read by. I readily tell the
story of its origin to any and all who ask from whence it came. No one has yet correctly guessed what it was.
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