The Milometer slide rule computer

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Description (Brief)
A WWI machine gun fire control computer, labelled the Milometer. This slide rule-like computer was used by forward observers to pinpoint the indirect fire of machine guns and small arms. Copyrighted by G. P. Wilhelm in 1917, it was manufactured and distributed by Edward C. McKay of Cleveland, Ohio. The sliding part and the top are cream celluloid; the bottom is clear yellow celluloid.
Directions for the slide rule's use can be found in the book Machine Gun Fire Control by Captain Glenn P. Wilhelm, published in 1917 by Edward C. McKay.
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Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
overall: 3.5 cm x 16.8 cm x .5 cm; 1 3/8 in x 6 5/8 in x 3/16 in
overall: 1 1/2 in x 6 5/8 in x 3/16 in; 3.81 cm x 16.8275 cm x .47625 cm
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World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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