U.S. Weather Bureau Maximum and Minimum Kiosk Thermometer

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Like the thermometer introduced by James Six in England in 1782, this example has a U-shaped glass tube filled with alcohol and mercury. The tube has a milk-white back, and reads from -40 to +110 Fahrenheit on either side. Its two ends are bent at right angles so that their cylindrical bulbs protrude out the back of the supporting black metal plate. This plate is marked, at top, “U.S. / WEATHER BUREAU / No 32” and in the middle “Taylor Instrument Companies / ROCHESTER, N.Y.” It is also marked “Tycos” with a flag announcing the company logo, “ACCURATUS TB.”
The Weather Bureau began building kiosks in 1909, equipping them with meteorological instruments, and placing them around the country where they would be seen by citizens. This thermometer was designed for that purpose, and probably was not available commercially .
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1910
Taylor Instrument Co.
place made
United States: New York, Rochester
overall: 15 7/8 in x 2 in x 4 3/4 in; 40.3225 cm x 5.08 cm x 12.065 cm
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U.S. Weather Bureau
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National Museum of American History


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