Rapidesign No. 710 Speedi-Plan Drawing Template

Description
This clear plastic template has holes in the shape of various pieces of office furniture as well as measuring scales for designing offices. Shapes are drawn to a scale of ¼” to a foot. This particular example was used to plan the layout of offices in the Mechanical and Civil Engineering collections of the Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History) when it first opened. A mark on the object reads: RAPIDESIGN (/) NO 710 (/) OFFICE PLAN (/) TEMPLATE.
A brown paper sleeve holds the instrument.
Versions of this RapiDesign template sold as early as 1950 and remained on sale at least as late as 2016. In 1963, the instrument cost $1.60.
References:
RapiDesign, Inc., Drafting Templates Catalogue No. 50, Glendale, California, 1950.
RapiDesign, Inc., Drafting Templates Catalogue No. 70, Burbank, California, 1963, p. 11.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1964
user
Norton, George K.
maker
RapiDesign, Inc.
place made
United States: California, Burbank
place used
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: .1 cm x 21.6 cm x 13.5 cm; 1/32 in x 8 1/2 in x 5 5/16 in
ID Number
1985.3088.05
nonaccession number
1985.3088
catalog number
1985.3088.05
Credit Line
Collected-for-the-Museum
subject
Mathematics
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Drawing Templates
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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