Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Ellipsoid

Geometric Model by A. Harry Wheeler, Ellipsoid

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This tan cut and folded paper model consists of two ellipses, arranged perpendicularly, and three parallel elliptical rings perpendicular to both of these. It is collapsible. A paper tag reads: 355. Another mark reads: Model for Fig. 6. A third mark reads: Albert Harry Wheeler (/) 8 Shawmut St (/) Worcester, Mass Mathematical Model (/) or the Like (/) Filed Sept 3, 1914 (/) Serial No 860,041.
On September 3, 1914, Wheeler applied for a UlS. patent for several forms of collapsible mathematical models. This object is the basis for Figure 6 in Wheeler's paent application and in the patent he was granted in 1916.
Albert Harry Wheeler, "Mathematical Model," U.S. Patent 1,192,483, July 25, 1916.
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Object Name
Geometric Model
date made
Wheeler, Albert Harry
Wheeler, Albert Harry
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
white (overall color)
cut and folded (overall production method/technique)
average spatial: 5.5 cm x 11 cm x 7 cm; 2 5/32 in x 4 11/32 in x 2 3/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Helen M. Wheeler
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