Jean Nidetch's Weight Watcher Scale

Jean Nidetch's Weight Watcher Scale

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This official Weight Watchers food scale helped members stick to the recommended portion sizes in its weight loss program. The franchise company was founded in 1963 by Jean Nidetch, who modeled it on a support group she’d formed to help herself and her friends keep their resolve to lose weight. It expanded rapidly and by 1968, the year this scale was sold, Weight Watchers also marketed cookbooks, frozen foods, and exercise videos.
Object Name
scale with box
date made
IDL Corporation
place made
United States: New Jersey, Carlstadt
Physical Description
plastic (scale material)
metal (scale material)
paper (box material)
overall box: 4 in x 4 1/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 10.4775 cm x 6.35 cm
overall scale: 3 3/16 in x 4 in x 2 1/4 in; 8.05942 cm x 10.16 cm x 5.715 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Helen Winkle
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Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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