Mattress Harvester . A Classic Space Mattress Harvester from the planet Squornshellous Zeta. .
These archive photographs show a Mattress Harvester of the Classic Space era, which is now obsolete. These mechs have long since been replaced by the machines with which we are all familiar with from the TV series, "Swamp Planet Truckers".
The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy has this to say about Mattresses, "No one really knows what mattresses are meant to gain from their lives. They are large, friendly, pocket-sprung creatures which live quiet private lives in the marshes of Squornshellous
Zeta. Many of them get caught, slaughtered, dried out, shipped out and slept on. None of them seem to mind and all of them are called Zem."
The Mattress Harvesting mechs had big feet in order to spread their weight, allowing them to walk safely across the marshes of Squornshellous Zeta. The mechs had large spotlights and a 20mm canon with which to shoot mattresses as they gupped, willomyed and flolloped away.
The rear of the Harvester featured a large basket for collecting the mattresses. This model could hold three Single, two Double or one King-Sized mattress of the "Orthopeadic" species. This view also shows the cogs linking the large, working, single cylinder engine to the moving legs. The machine could walk along, raised slightly off the ground and powered by the "Hand of God".
Quality Inspectors would roam around the marshes, checking that the correct varieties and colours of mattresses were being sustainably harvested.
After the first comments on these photographs, this rare picture of a Mattress Harvester in a the servicing sheds has been included. It shows how the engine linked to the legs. If a giant hand picked the harvester up and turned the cogs at the back, the piston would go up & down in the engine and the legs would move back & forth, in a walking action.