Rapidesign No. 710 Speedi-Plan Drawing Template


This clear plastic template has holes in the shape of various pieces of office furniture as well as measuring scales for designing offices. Shapes are drawn to a scale of ¼” to a foot. This particular example was used to plan the layout of offices in the Mechanical and Civil Engineering collections of the Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History) when it first opened. A mark on the object reads: RAPIDESIGN (/) NO 710 (/) OFFICE PLAN (/) TEMPLATE.

A brown paper sleeve holds the instrument.

Versions of this RapiDesign template sold as early as 1950 and remained on sale at least as late as 2016. In 1963, the instrument cost $1.60.


RapiDesign, Inc., Drafting Templates Catalogue No. 50, Glendale, California, 1950.

RapiDesign, Inc., Drafting Templates Catalogue No. 70, Burbank, California, 1963, p. 11.

Date Made: ca 1964

Maker: RapiDesign, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: California, BurbankPlace Used: United States: District of Columbia, Washington

Subject: Mathematics


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.3088.05Nonaccession Number: 1985.3088Catalog Number: 1985.3088.05

Object Name: template

Physical Description: paper (overall material)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: .1 cm x 21.6 cm x 13.5 cm; 1/32 in x 8 1/2 in x 5 5/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-2ebf-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_692465

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