Although protractors began to appear in practical geometry textbooks in the 18th century, it was not until the turn of the 20th century that they were used systematically in mathematics teaching in American schools. Some protractors were small and inexpensive, intended for purchase and use by individual students. These might be made from new materials, such as plastic. Other protractors for educational use were oversized, designed for teachers to provide demonstrations of concepts at the blackboard. Two protractors in the collection were manufactured in Japan and displayed at the 1876 World's Fair to help demonstrate the modernization of education in that nation.
"Protractors - School " showing 1 items.
- This oversized white plastic semicircular protractor may be used at a chalkboard or whiteboard. A smaller semicircle is cut out of the protractor's interior. Three curved grooves form a third semicircle between these two semicircles. The protractor is divided by single degrees and in three rows of divisions. It is marked by tens from 0° to 180° (left to right) and from 180° to 0° (right to left).
- An oversized ruler, or scale of equal parts, divided to mm and marked by single cm from 1 to 10, is on the diameter of the innermost semicircle. A notch for the origin point of the protractor is at the center of this edge. Another scale of equal parts, divided by 16ths of an inch and marked by ones from 1 to 6, is along the outer lower edge.
- The protractor is marked: Angles Opening Left (>) Use Upper Scale; Angles Opening Right (<) Use Lower Scale (/) SAFE-T PROTRACTOR® #45779. A recycling logo for plastic type 6 appears in the lower right corner. The protractor retailed for approximately $13 in 2011.
- See also ID numbers 1998.0033.02 and 1999.0117.02.
- Currently not on view
- date made
- ca 2000
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- Safe-T Products, Inc.
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center