Filmstrip and Audiotape, The Metric Song

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In the mid-1970s, the United States seriously considered making metric units mandatory as well as legal. This filmstrip, audiotape, and leaflet were “prepared as an educational tool to help people learn the metric language,” and distributed by the Educational Relations Department of retailer J. C. Penney.
The filmstrip and tape have separate plastic containers. They fit with the leaflet in a cardboard box with an orange lid. Text on the front of the audiotape reads: The Metric Song. Additonal text there reads: JCPenny. Text on the containers for the tape and for filmstrip reads: 1974. The leaflet gives the lyrics of the song and describes the contents of the ten-minute filmstrip.
A mark in ink on the side of the box reads: R. M. T. The initials are those of R. Maxwell Tinsley, the father of the donor and a fellow of the U.S. Metric Association.
Currently not on view
date made
J. C. Penney Company, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 4.4 cm x 21.5 cm x 13.9 cm; 1 23/32 in x 8 15/32 in x 5 15/32 in
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catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of Jeffrey Tinsley
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Measuring & Mapping
Science & Mathematics
Metric System
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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