Versa Tripod System circa 1964
Interesting enough, an ad from 1964 has a very fantastic idea for a tripod. The spreader acts as a multifunctional accessory. At the center of the spreader is a mounting base for the head... thus the tripod legs can be removed and the spreader can either be used as a hi-hat, or have it's legs folded, to create a small tripod with spiked feet for field work.
This works great for remote situations, such as remote exterior shooting such as hill tops or places where one must carry film equipment. Carrying one set of sticks can yield a decent set of standards, babies and hi-hat. I like it!
Very clever thinking.