Water Stage Recorder


A tag on this instrument reads "Stevens continuous water stage recorder, manufactured by Leupold & Voelpel, Manufacturers of Scientific Instruments, Portland, Oregon.” According to the donors, this is No. 13, made in 1912.

Leupold, Volpel & Co. made scientific instruments in Portland, Oregon. Frederick Leupold (born in Germany circa 1876) was in Boston by 1891, and later moved to Portland. Adam Joseph Volpel (born in Poland in 1874) came to the U.S. circa 1888. In 1911, John C. Stevens asked Leupold & Volpel to manufacture a water level recorder of his design. He became a partner in the firm in 1915 under the name of Leupold, Volpel & Co.

Date Made: 1912

Maker: Leupold, Volpel & Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Oregon, Portland

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.328621Catalog Number: 328621Accession Number: 273377

Object Name: water stage recorder

Measurements: overall: 8 7/8 in x 23 3/8 in x 11 3/8 in; 22.5425 cm x 59.3725 cm x 28.8925 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-75ad-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1816034

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