Hair Hygrometer


Charles F. Marvin, a meteorologist who spent his career with the Army Signal Corps and its successor, the U.S. Weather Bureau, introduced this type of hygrometer in 1908. Unlike the original described by Horace Benedict de Saussure, of Geneva, in 1783, the Marvin instrument had two bundles of hair. The inscription on this example reads “PERCENTAGE OF SATURATION / (RELATIVE HUMIDITY) / HAIR HYGROMETER / No. 19 / U.S. WEATHER BUREAU / HENRY J. GREEN / B’KLYN, N.Y.”

Date Made: after 1908

Maker: H. J. Green

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, Brooklyn

Subject: U.S. Weather Bureau

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Credit Line: United States Weather Bureau

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.314528Catalog Number: 314528Accession Number: 204612

Object Name: hygrometer

Measurements: overall: 7 3/4 in x 6 in; 19.685 cm x 15.24 cm


Record Id: nmah_1167497

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