Marvin Water Stage Register (Transmitter)


This is the transmitter for an instrument that was introduced in 1904 by Charles F. Marvin, a physicist who joined the federal weather service in the early 1880s, and rose to become Chief of the Weather Bureau. That organization transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1954, noting that it had been used at Columbus, Ohio. The clock movement is marked “SETH THOMAS.”

Ref: Roy Norton Covert, Instructions for the Installation and Maintenance of Marvin Water-Stage Registers (Washington, D.C., 1921).

Maker: Seth Thomas Clock Co.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: U.S. Weather Bureau

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.314524Accession Number: 204612Catalog Number: 314524

Object Name: transmitter

Measurements: overall: 10 in x 7 in x 6 3/16 in; 25.4 cm x 17.78 cm x 15.748 cmoverall in case: 7 7/8 in x 10 1/8 in x 6 7/8 in; 20.0025 cm x 25.7175 cm x 17.4625 cm


Record Id: nmah_1434224

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