Koehler Trim-Numeral Calculator

This plastic green and white slide rule carries out calculations related to the capacity, draft, and resistance of cargo tankers able to carry up to 26,700 deadweight metric tons of petroleum or petroleum products. Eight metal rivets hold the rule together. The front is marked: KOEHLER TRIM-NUMERAL CALCULATOR (/) 26700 D.W.T. TANKERS. The bottom of the front of the slide is marked: MARKETED BY JEFKO PRODUCTS COMPANY, 100 OAKLAND ROAD, MAPLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY. The back of the rule and the back of the slide are both marked: COPYRIGHT 1954 BY J. F. KOEHLER.
According to the accession file, this instrument was made by Felsenthal Instrument Company in 1954 as model number FDJ-23. For company history, see 1977.1141.01 and 1977.1141.02. The address for JEFKO Products is a single-family home constructed in 1925. A New Jersey engineer named J. Franklin Koehler (b. 1927) earned a B.S. in naval architecture and marine transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1951 with a thesis titled "Influence of Rising Operating Costs on Relative Economic Operation of Higher Speed Cargo Vessels."
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Object Name
slide rule
date made
Felsenthal Instrument Co.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (part material)
overall: .3 cm x 29.8 cm x 10.2 cm; 1/8 in x 11 23/32 in x 4 1/32 in
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Science & Mathematics
Slide Rules
Rule, Calculating
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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 Ben Wharton Rau and Margery Felsenthal Rau
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