Draper Recording Thermometer

Draper Recording Thermometer

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Daniel C. Draper (1841-1931) studied at New York University (with a PhD in 1880), apprenticed with the Novelty Iron Works, and served for many years as Director of the New York Meteorological Observatory in Central Park. In the 1880s he established the Draper Manufacturing Co., to produce registering meteorological instruments based on his designs.
This example is marked "DRAPER'S SELF-RECORDING THERMOMETER 152 FRONT ST. N.Y. CITY PATENTED 1887." It is a bimetallic instrument with a flat chart (missing) that revolves once a week. The Lick Observatory donated it to the Smithsonian in 1960.
Ref: Daniel Draper, “Recording Thermometer,” U.S. Patent 369,170 (1887), assigned to the Draper Manufacturing Co.
Daniel Draper, “Recording-Thermometer,” U.S. Patent 369,171 (1887), assigned to the Draper Manufacturing Co.
“Dr. Daniel Draper’s Contributions to Meteorology,” Scientific American 42 (Jan. 3, 1880): 2-3.
“Dr. Daniel Draper, Weather Man, Dead,” New York Times (Dec. 22, 1931), p. 28.
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Object Name
thermometer, recording
date made
ca 1887
Draper Manufacturing Co.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
overall: 14 in x 9 in; 35.56 cm x 22.86 cm
overall: 14 1/2 in x 10 3/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 36.83 cm x 27.305 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
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accession number
Credit Line
Lick Observatory
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