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Heavy scale with the words “AUTOMATIC COMPUTING / SCALE” and “PATENTED DEC. 13, 1904 / OTHER PATENTS PENDING” in the center of the dial, and “ANGLDILE” on the red rim. A price-weight chart can be seen through a window in the cone-shaped back. The commodity plate is square, porcelain and white.
Joseph Edward Cochran coined the term Angldile in 1904 and, with the help of his father, established the Angldile Computing Scale Company in Elkhart, Indiana. The firm won a gold medal at Panama Pacific Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915.
Ref: Joseph E. Cochran, “Computing-Scale Dial,” U.S. Patent 956,682 (May 3, 1910).
Joseph E. Cochran, “Computing-Scale Dial,” U.S. Patent 957,934 (May 17, 1910).
Flynt Wayne, “True Weights. Ancient and Modern,” National Magazine 34 (1911): 525-528.
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date made
early twentieth century
place made
United States: Indiana, Elkhart
overall: 24 in; 60.96 cm
overall: 17 1/2 in x 31 in x 15 3/8 in; 44.45 cm x 78.74 cm x 39.0525 cm
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Gift of the City of Baltimore
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