Recording Thermometer


Daniel C. Draper (1841-1931) studied at New York University (with a PhD in 1880), apprenticed with the Novelty Iron Works, and served for many years as Director of the New York Meteorological Observatory in Central Park. In the 1880s he established the Draper Manufacturing Co., to produce registering meteorological instruments based on his designs.

This example is marked "DRAPER'S SELF-RECORDING THERMOMETER 152 FRONT ST. N.Y. CITY PATENTED 1887." It is a bimetallic instrument with a flat chart (missing) that revolves once a week.

Ref: Daniel Draper, “Recording Thermometer,” U.S. Patent 369,170 (1887), assigned to the Draper Manufacturing Co.

Daniel Draper, “Recording-Thermometer,” U.S. Patent 369,171 (1887), assigned to the Draper Manufacturing Co.

“Dr. Daniel Draper’s Contributions to Meteorology,” Scientific American 42 (Jan. 3, 1880): 2-3.

“Dr. Daniel Draper, Weather Man, Dead,” New York Times (Dec. 22, 1931), p. 28.

Date Made: ca 1887

Maker: Draper Manufacturing Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Lick Observatory

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.316942Catalog Number: 316942Accession Number: 229396

Object Name: thermometer, recording

Measurements: overall: 14 in x 9 in; 35.56 cm x 22.86 cmoverall: 14 1/2 in x 10 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 36.83 cm x 27.305 cm x 11.43 cm


Record Id: nmah_1167596

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