Powers Tabulating Equipment Component

This component consists of two aluminum pieces that hold ten parallel flexible rods. It may have served as a flexible connector for Powers Accounting Machine Company equipment.
A mark stamped on one of the pieces reads: 1---U. Several letters scratched on the other piece read: 1Y J-POWERS. A mark scratched on the other side of this piece reads: 1914.
William W. Lasker, "Flexible-Connection Box," U.S. Patent 1,311,565, June 24, 1919.
Currently not on view
Object Name
tabulating equipment component
date made
ca 1914
James Powers
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
steel (overall material)
overall: .3 cm x 8 cm x 18 cm; 1/8 in x 3 5/32 in x 7 3/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Computers & Business Machines
Tabulating Equipment
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Tabulating Equipment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Thor Dockweiler

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