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Machine of the Month: Photostat Machine
Machine of the Month

Machine of the Month: Photostat Machine

The Photostat brand machine, differing in operation from its competitor, Rectigraph but with the same purpose of the photographic copying of documents, was invented in Kansas City by Oscar T. […]

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Brown & Sharpe Micrometer, 1878
Machine of the Month

Brown & Sharpe Micrometer, 1878

This is believed to be the original machine made by Brown & Sharpe to use in their plant to measure the high precision products they made, such as gage blocks.

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F. P. Lovejoy, 1904
Machine of the Month

F. P. Lovejoy, 1904

Manufactured by FP Lovejoy, Springfield, VT, Pat’d Nov 22, 1904.   Do you know what this object is?     Some of the guesses we’ve heard at the front desk […]

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Patterns and Molds
Machine of the Month

Patterns and Molds

A pattern is the master copy of a design. Wooden patterns like these could have been used hundreds of times before losing their shape. Flat back patterns, like these wrenches, […]

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Ballistic Chronograph, 1915
Machine of the Month

Ballistic Chronograph, 1915

BALLISTIC CHRONOGRAPH
James Pitkin & Co, London, C 1915, Le Boulenge type.

This clever device measures the speed of bullets.

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Memory Drum, 1970
Machine of the Month

Memory Drum, 1970

18 inches in diameter, and it stores 500 KB.

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Logarithmic Slide Rule
Machine of the Month

Logarithmic Slide Rule

Let’s assume that you haven’t ever considered how to make a slide rule.  We have a machine at the Museum that did make them. It worked for the Keuffel & […]

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Simple Aerospace
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Simple Aerospace

What forces and materials help airplanes fly? This summer camp theme explores Simple Aerospace. Project: Description: Related concepts and machines: Principles of Flight: Forces and Axes From NASA: Principles of […]

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Bentley Engine
Machine of the Month

Bentley Engine

The Machine of the Month for June 2021 is the Bentley engine, c. 1930.

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Primary Source: How can government empower inventors?
Lesson Plans

Primary Source: How can government empower inventors?

The US Constitution, Article 1 section 8 describes the powers of Congress.  Students are asked to consider: which of these powers do you think would help increase manufacturing and encourage […]

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