Measuring Tape

Measuring Tape

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The U.S. Geological Society was organized in 1879 and, in 1887, began using thin steel tapes under a uniform tension to measure baselines. This example is 300 feet long with triangular brass handles, and no apparent markings. In use it would be stretched to a tension of 15 pounds. The Survey transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1907.
Ref: Henry Gannett, A Manual of Topographic Methods (Washington, D.C., 1893), pp. 42-45.
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Measuring Tape
overall: 3/8 in x 9 1/2 in x 7 in;.9525 cm x 24.13 cm x 17.78 cm
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