I'm 99.8% sure that's a spring making attachment for a lathe...
Someday I'll get/make one... :)
Yep. I just did a couple seconds of research and it most definitely is a spring making mechanism... Although I'm a little confused why it's being used for a online school upgrade... ;P.
"Old" machines fascinate me... I don't view them as "chunks of metal" but I see many of them as individual works of art. An individual person/group of people had to put much thought and time into designing and creating each machine. In many cases, hundreds of parts have to work together in harmony and with exact precision to accomplish the end goal. Anyway, when I saw that image, I thought it looked familiar so I had to confirm what I thought it was.
P.S. If anyone is as weird as me about machinery, it is an image of a person working at the Linread Factory in Washington, UK. The date of this photograph is September 13th, 1967.