Counter for Odometer

Description
This worn, rough metal counter has three wheels for tallying numbers up to 999. t once attached to a wheel and recorded rotations, serving as an odometer.
A stamp on the object reads: CARMEAN (/) ANTHONY KS. According to the accession file, it was made by W. H. Carmean, who lived for a time in Hutchinson, Kansas. William H. Carmean is listed in the 1910 U.S. Census as a twenty-four- year-old, Kansas-born resident of Anthony, Kansas. He was not living there in 1900 or 1920, hence the rough date assigned to the object.
According to the donor, an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the counter and wheel were used in the early days of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, established in 1933. Measures of distance were carried out to help compute acreages.
References:
Accession File.
U.S. Census 1900, 1910, 1920.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1910
maker
Carmean, W. H.
place made
United States: Kansas, Anthony
Physical Description
plated brass (overall material)
steel (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4.9 cm x 14.7 cm x 8 cm; 1 15/16 in x 5 25/32 in x 3 5/32 in
ID Number
MA.327579
catalog number
327579
accession number
268149
Credit Line
Gift of Ed Willim, Junior
subject
Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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