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Weighing Beam

Weighing Beam

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Thaddeus Fairbanks (1796-1886), a founder and proprietor of E. & T. Fairbanks, in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, designed an improved scale beam for heavy loads. This is the model he submitted with his patent application. It has two parallel beams with moveable weights.
Ref: Thaddeus Fairbanks, “Improvement in Weighing-Scale Beams,” U.S. Patent 175,597 (April 4, 1876).
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Fairbanks, Thaddeus
E. and T. Fairbanks and Company
overall: 11 1/2 in x 9 in x 2 in; 29.21 cm x 22.86 cm x 5.08 cm
overall: 8 7/8 in x 12 in x 2 7/8 in; 22.5425 cm x 30.48 cm x 7.3025 cm
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