Some polar planimeters sold in the United States, particularly the products offered by Keuffel & Esser of New York, cannot be traced to their original manufacturers. Most of these instruments were probably made in Germany or Switzerland. This page also shows the one electronic planimeter in the collections, a polar model made by Lasico of Los Angeles.
"Planimeters - Polar–Other" showing 1 items.
- This metal polar planimeter has a white plastic measuring wheel with vernier and a metal registering dial on the 5" tracer arm. The tracer arm is marked on top: DIETZGEN (/) MADE IN U.S.A. Next to the tracer point, it is marked: 22812. The other arm is 8" long and screwed to a cylindrical metal weight.
- A beige plastic case is lined with deteriorating gray foam padding. A label inside the case is marked: DIETZGEN (/) PLANIMETER No. D1803D (/) TEST RULE 12.50 SQ. IN. Serial No. 22812. A chart has columns for Scale, Value of unit of vernier, Constant: Pole inside figure, and Pole Arm Setting. Only the first row of the chart (for the scale 1" = 100') is completed. The case fits inside a beige cardboard box with a black, yellow, and white label: DEITZGEN One Only (/) Compensating (/) POLAR PLANIMETER (/) In Velvet Lined Case, with Testing Rule (/) and Directions D1803D.
- In the 1920s, the Eugene Dietzgen Company of Chicago sold a planimeter similar to this one as model 1804. By the 1950s, the planimeter was renumbered to model D1803D and offered in the wooden case with velvet lining mentioned on the label on this example. Later, the plastic and foam case replaced the wooden case. "Dietzgen" is stamped rather than printed on the label inside this case, suggesting that another company made the planimeter and Dietzgen distributed it. This object was found in the Museum in 1984.
- Reference: Catalog of Eugene Dietzgen Co., 12th ed. (Chicago, 1926), 182.
- Currently not on view
- date made
- ca 1960
- Eugene Dietzgen Company
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center