August Linke Surveyor's Tape

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This steel tape has a brass case, handle, and folding crank. It measures 25 meters long, and is numbered every meter. It is signed "A. LINGKE & CO IN FREIBERG." Albert Joseph Seligman (1859-1935) probably bought it in the late 1870s, when he studied mining engineering at Freiberg. He probably donated it to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his alma mater, around 1899, when he obtained a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.
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August Lingke & Co.
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Deutschland: Sachsen, Freiberg
overall length: 25 m; 82 1/32 ft
overall: 1 5/8 in x 9 1/4 in x 8 3/4 in; 4.1275 cm x 23.495 cm x 22.225 cm
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Civil Engineering
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