Measuring Tape

Measuring Tape

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The U.S. Geological Survey was organized in 1879 and transferred this long steel tape to the Smithsonian in 1907. The wooden frame is inscribed "W. & L. E. GURLEY, TROY, N.Y." in block letters. The original ends of the tape are missing. Gurley termed this a steel ribbon bridge tape with handle and reel.
Ref: W. & L. E. Gurley, A Manual of the Principal Instruments Used in American Engineering and Surveying (Troy, N.Y., 1905), p. 278.
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Object Name
Measuring Tape
W. & L. E. Gurley
place made
United States: New York, Troy
overall: 4 3/4 in x 9 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 12.065 cm x 24.13 cm x 24.13 cm
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National Museum of American History
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