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This is a large computing scale with “ANGLDILE” splashed across the front of a large circular dial that shows the weight; a smaller cylindrical dial on the back, set at an angle and seen by the clerk, shows weight and price. A metal tag at bottom reads “N.Y. CITY / APPROVED / TYPE 12 / SERIAL V / STYLE 303 GE / NO. 25286.”
The Angldile Computing Scale Company was established in 1908 in Elkhart, Indiana, and manufactured scales developed by Joseph Edward Cochran. It 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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20th century
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United States: Indiana, Elkhart
overall: 68 cm x 72.4 cm x 41.2 cm; 26 3/4 in x 28 1/2 in x 16 1/4 in
overall: 26 1/4 in x 29 in x 15 3/4 in; 66.675 cm x 73.66 cm x 40.005 cm
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Gift of City of New York
Weights & Measures
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National Museum of American History
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