Pickett 101-C Circular Slide Rule

This yellow aluminum circular slide rule has three clear plastic indicators, one blank. The other indicator on the front is marked in red to denote the C, CI, A, AF, L, FA, LL2, LL1, DS, DT, and M scales. The indicator on the back is marked in red to denote the C, S,ST, and T scales. A ring of numbers under the scales on the back permits conversions from fractions to decimals.
The center of the front is marked: CIRCULAR SLIDE RULE – dial rule (/) PICKETT. The center of the back is marked: dial rule (/) NO 101-C. A triangular Pickett logo, of the form used between 1950 and 1958, appears at the bottom of the center; CHICAGO is printed below the logo.
Pickett & Eckel, a slide rule manufacturer based in Chicago and Alhambra, Calif., distributed a small booklet with this instrument, one of the few circular slide rules sold by the company and possibly the only circular model it manufactured. Maurice L. Hartung, a University of Chicago mathematics professor associated with the company, wrote the instruction manual (1981.0922.13). The booklet is copyrighted 1957, and the logo on this copy was used by the company between 1958 and 1962. Thus, this slide rule dates to about 1958.
References: Rodger Shepherd, "Pickett Metal Slide Rules," Journal of the Oughtred Society 1, no. 1 (1992): 5–8; Walter Shawlee, "Information About Pickett Slide Rules," Sphere Research Slide Rule Site, http://www.sphere.bc.ca/test/pickett.html.
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Object Name
calculating rule
slide rule
date made
ca 1958
Pickett & Eckel, Incorporated
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
plastic (cursor material)
overall: 1 cm x 11.8 cm x 11.8 cm; 13/32 in x 4 21/32 in x 4 21/32 in
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Slide Rules
Rule, Calculating
Science & Mathematics
Engineering, General
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Slide Rules
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. John White
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