Lufkin Measuring Tape

Lufkin Measuring Tape

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The case of this measuring tape is marked: "THE LUFKIN RULE CO. 50 FT. SAGINAW, U.S.A. NEW YORK, LONDON, ENG., WINDSOR CAN." The back of the case is embossed "IMPROVED METALLIC." The folding handle is marked "PATENTED MAY 23, 1893." The tape is 5/8" wide (16 mm.) and has "quick reading" graduations. The ring clamp is marked "U.S. PATS. 2,381,92; 2,648,114; 2,648,118; 2,659,153; PAT. PEND." The latest patent here is dated 1953.
Edward Taylor Lufkin, a Civil War veteran, established the E. T. Lufkin Board and Rule Manufacturing Co. in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1869. The firm became the Lufkin Rule Company in 1885, and moved to Saginaw, Michigan ten years later. By 1903, the Lufkin firm was the largest manufacturer of steel measuring tapes in the United States.
Ref: Allan R. A. Beeber, “Measuring Tape,” U.S. Patent 2,659,153 (Nov. 17, 1953), assigned to Keuffel & Esser.
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Object Name
Measuring Tape
date made
after 1953
Lufkin Rule Company
place made
United States: Michigan, Saginaw
overall: 1 3/8 in x 4 3/8 in; 3.4925 cm x 11.1125 cm
overall: 1 1/2 in x 7 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in; 3.81 cm x 18.415 cm x 10.795 cm
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