Odometer

Odometer

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Description
Established in 1879, the U.S. Geological Survey tested distance measurers to see which best suited their purposes. Those that failed muster were sent to the Smithsonian in 1907. This odometer is one of those instruments. It is worked by hand, the operator depressing a lever at each revolution of a wagon wheel.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
hand recorder
date made
late nineteenth century
Measurements
overall: 3/4 in x 2 1/8 in x 3 in; 1.905 cm x 5.3975 cm x 7.62 cm
overall: 1 in x 2 3/16 in x 3 in; 2.54 cm x 5.55625 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
PH.247963
catalog number
247963
accession number
47736
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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