Watching films in school on the reel-to-reel projector.Something would always go wrong, and the teacher would need help in getting the film started again. Sometimes the film would break and would have to be taped back together.
This looks similar to my Moms' dressing table. When I was a kid I'd spend hours on end sitting on the stool and playing with my Mom's make-up and jewelry. I can still smell her perfume when she was going to a dance with my dad.