Counter for Odometer

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.
Accession File.
U.S. Census 1900, 1910, 1920.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1910
Carmean, W. H.
Physical Description
plated brass (overall material)
steel (overall material)
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
place made
United States: Kansas, Anthony
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Science & Mathematics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Ed Willim, Junior
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