The U.S. Weather Bureau transferred this 4-cup Robinson-type anemometer to the Smithsonian in 1904. The inscription on the dial reads “U.S. WEATHER BUREAU / No. 295 / JULIEN P. FRIEZ, BALTO. MD.” Julien P. Friez (1850-1916) was born in France, emigrated to the U.S. around 1868, opened a machine shop in Baltimore in 1890, and specialized in meteorological instruments.

Ref: Julien P. Friez, Illustrated Catalogue of Meteorological Instruments and Apparatus (Baltimore, 1893). pp. 8-9.

Maker: Friez, Julien P.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Maryland, Baltimore

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.230001Catalog Number: 230001Accession Number: 42625

Object Name: anemometer

Measurements: overall: 18 1/8 in x 17 5/8 in; 46.0375 cm x 44.7675 cm


Record Id: nmah_1167538

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.