Drawing InstrumentsFlat Cases
While retailers often called this style of case a "pocket case," we have chosen the name "flat case" to avoid confusion with the earlier form of vertical pocket case shown on another page. Flat cases were usually fastened with a sliding pin known as a "bar-lock." They were sold most widely in the 20th century by firms such as Keuffel & Esser.
"Sets of Drawing Instruments - Flat Cases" showing 1 items.
- This yellow metal case is covered with black imitation leather, lined with black foam, and fastened with a brass snap on a leather tab. The case is marked: VEMCO. A brochure for VEMCO's three types of drafting machines and drafting machine accessories is inside the case. The set includes:
- 1) 6-1/2" stainless steel fixed-leg needle-point dividers marked on both sides: VEMCO USA. Blue dots are near the tips of the dividers.
- 2) 6-3/4" stainless steel bow pencil with blue dots near the points. The central nut is marked: VEMCO (/) MOD. L560 (/) U.S.A. PAT.
- 3) 4-3/4" stainless steel bow pencil with blue dots near the points. The central nut is marked: VEMCO (/) MOD. S570 (/) U.S.A. PAT.
- 4) 1-1/2" clear plastic cylindrical case with two leads and three needle points.
- 5) 2-1/8" stainless steel needle point in a small manila envelope marked: Contents (/) 61-9 Long Shoulder Needle (/) For Use With (/) VEMCO Pen Attachments.
- 6) 6" stainless steel extension bar marked: TOP.
- 7) 2-1/2" stainless steel extension needle point.
- Francis E. Vaughan and Floyd Eubanks founded V & E Manufacturing, or Vemco Corporation, in Pasadena, Calif., in 1939 to make high-quality drafting instruments. Eubanks patented eight drafting machines and drawing instruments in the early 1940s. The marks on the bow pencils probably refer to his patents, "Compass" (U.S. Patent 2,297,999 issued October 6, 1942), and "Compass" (U.S. Patent 2,298,000 issued October 6, 1942), which dealt with the design of the instrument and the process by which the metal parts were punched out during manufacturing. According to the donor, this set was manufactured in 1987.
- References: Vemco Drafting Products Corporation, http://www.vemcocorp.com/; accession file.
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- Vemco Corporation
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center