Established in 1879, the U.S. Geological Survey tested distance measurers to see which best suited their purposes. Those that failed muster were sent to the Smithsonian in 1907. This is one of those instruments. The inscription reads “THE VEEDER M’F’G CO. / PATENTED / Veeder / OCT. 22, 1895 / HARTFORD, CONN. U.S.A.”

Curtis Hussey Veeder (1862-1943) was a mechanical engineer who, in 1895, patented a “Cyclometer” for measuring the distance traveled by bicycles, and established the Veeder Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Ct. The firm later made other sorts of counters as well. It merged with the Root Company to form Veeder-Root, in 1928.

Ref: Curtis Hussey Veeder, “Cyclometer,” U.S. Patent 548,482 (Oct. 22, 1895).

“CURTIS H. VEEDER / Inventor and Manufacturer Made / Early High Wheel Bicycle,” New York Times (Dec. 28, 1943), p. 17.

Date Made: around 1900

Maker: Veeder Manufacturing Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Connecticut, Hartford

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.247958Catalog Number: 247958Accession Number: 47736

Object Name: Odometer

Measurements: overall: 3 in x 3 1/2 in x 1 1/8 in; 7.62 cm x 8.89 cm x 2.8575 cmoverall: 1 in x 3 9/16 in x 3 in; 2.54 cm x 9.04875 cm x 7.62 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-320e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1393150

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