Slide RulesManuals & Documentation
Keuffel & Esser, Pickett, Dietzgen, and other major slide rule companies often included an instruction manual in the purchase of the instrument. Some donors have provided these booklets and other paper items, such as advertising flyers, directions for cleaning slide rules, warranty certificates, and even cash register receipts. The Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago previously owned and displayed one of the Thacher cylindrical slide rules, and it arrived with its exhibit label. To see the instruction manuals alongside the objects they explained, please see the index by makers & retailers page.
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- This deteriorating 16-page booklet was received with 1996.3077.01. It was copyrighted in 1919, but the address "340 Sansome St." is handwritten on page 3. Since the Computer Manufacturing Company of San Francisco did not move to this location until 1921, the instrument and manual were probably sent out in 1921 or later.
- The manual contains general instructions, instructions for using the dial alone, instructions for separately using the linear slide rule attached to the instrument, hints for speed and accuracy, fundamental examples, technical details for calculating with logarithms and exponents, and practical applications from payroll to cube roots. Stamped on pages 8–9 is the text: ANOTHER HINT FOR SPEED (/) In locating answer coil, when a (/) check is desired, set slide ROUGHLY. Pages 9–16 are accessed by folding out the pages from the binding.
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- Computer Manufacturing Company
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center