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Measurement Collection

"Measuring Time: From Ancient Sundials to Modern Calculators" Step into the world of measurement, where time is captured and recorded in various forms

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Tape recorder

Tape recorder
Ampex reel-to-reel tape recorder and Gates Radio Company modulation monitor, photographed in recording studio mock-up at Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum, Pontiac, Illinois

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Long-Case by Tompion

Long-Case by Tompion
Long-case clock by Thomas Tompion

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Lantern Clock Tompion

Lantern Clock Tompion
Lantern clock by Thomas Tompion, the father of English clock-making

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Mercury thermometer

Mercury thermometer showing a room temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. The mercury thermometer works as mercury, a liquid metal, expands evenly as the temperature increases

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Bracket Clock Tompion

Bracket Clock Tompion
Bracket clock by Thomas Tompion

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Metric System

Metric System
Applications of the metric system to dimensions, weight and money

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Sundial on plate of slate inscribed Noiseless falls the foot of time that only treads on flowers

Sundial on plate of slate inscribed Noiseless falls the foot of time that only treads on flowers 1905, Little Hall, Lavenham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Clock Mechanism, 1737

Clock Mechanism, 1737
A diagram of the inner workings of a clock

Background imageMeasurement Collection: A Watchmaker at Work

A Watchmaker at Work
A clock and watchmaker seated at his bench makes fine adjustments to a watch part, possibly a cog. He uses a bow lathe ?. Wall, mantel & grandfather clocks can be seen

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Astronomical Clock 1833

Astronomical Clock 1833
The astronomical clock in Strasbourg cathedral was first built in 1354 and rebuilt in 1574

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Clock Mechanism 1882

Clock Mechanism 1882
A clock mechanism

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Chinese Abacus 1814

Chinese Abacus 1814
A man uses a " swan-pen" - a Chinese version of the abacus

Background imageMeasurement Collection: M. I. T. Calculator 1930S

M. I. T. Calculator 1930S
The Differential Analyser calculating machine designed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Wind sock, aerodrome, Belle Ile en Mer, Breton Islands, Morbihan, France, Europe

Wind sock, aerodrome, Belle Ile en Mer, Breton Islands, Morbihan, France, Europe

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Peruvian Quipu

Peruvian Quipu
A quipu of ancient Peru

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Procavia capensis (Rock hyrax or dassie), 1777-1786. Creator: Robert Jacob Gordon

Procavia capensis (Rock hyrax or dassie), 1777-1786. Creator: Robert Jacob Gordon
Procavia capensis (Rock hyrax or dassie), 1777-1786

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Carringtons flare

Carringtons flare. Diagram of the solar flare and associated sunspot group observed by Richard Carrington on 1st September 1859

Background imageMeasurement Collection: ASTROLABE, 15TH CENTURY. German mathematician and astronomer, Johann M├╝ller

ASTROLABE, 15TH CENTURY. German mathematician and astronomer, Johann M├╝ller, known as Regiomontanus. Line engraving

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Micrometer screw gauge

Micrometer screw gauge. This is an instrument used to accurately measure small distances. Here it is being used to measure the thickness of a piece of wire (upper left)

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Creation of the heaven and earth

Creation of the heaven and earth
God creating the world by compass. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a manuscript of the 1400s

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Inclined Plane Clock

Inclined Plane Clock
Clock using an inclined plane designed by Maurice Wheeler, rector of Sibberton

Background imageMeasurement Collection: A Hansen, first officer on the Knivsberg, 1898. Creator: Christian Wilhelm Allers

A Hansen, first officer on the Knivsberg, 1898. Creator: Christian Wilhelm Allers
A Hansen, first officer on the Knivsberg, 1898. Portrait of a German crew member using compasses and parallel rulers to plot the course of the SS Knivsberg through the South China Sea

Background imageMeasurement Collection: A hobby, c1930, (1945)

A hobby, c1930, (1945). Winston Churchill building a wall at his home, Chartwell. From Winston Churchill: His Life in Pictures, by Ben Tucker. [Sagall Press, Ltd. London, 1945]

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Illustration of Saturn and Earth to scale

Illustration of Saturn and Earth to scale
Illustration showing Saturn (left) and Earth (right) to scale. Saturn is nine times the diameter of Earth. Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun, Earth is the third

Background imageMeasurement Collection: NAVIGATION, 1871. A navigator using a sextant to measure the angular distance of the moon from a

NAVIGATION, 1871. A navigator using a sextant to measure the angular distance of the moon from a star. Wood engraving, American, 1871

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Measuring Substitutes for the Army of Reserve, 1815. 1815. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson

Measuring Substitutes for the Army of Reserve, 1815. 1815. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson
Measuring Substitutes for the Army of Reserve, 1815

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Surveyors sitting in a circle during a meeting. Miniature of

Surveyors sitting in a circle during a meeting. Miniature of the 14th century

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Chest measurement of LFB applicant

Chest measurement of LFB applicant
An LFB applicant has his chest measured by A D O Packer, commandant of the Training School. The brigade minimum is 36 inches with a two-inch expansion

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Selby Abbey Clock

Selby Abbey Clock
The head verger winding up the clock in the clock tower of Selby Abbey, Yorkshire, England. Date: 1950s

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Evolution of the yardstick

Evolution of the yardstick. The oldest yardstick is at bottom, becoming more modern towards the top. Henry VII (1485-1509) and Elizabeth I (1533- 1603)

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Boy measuring his temperature

Boy measuring his temperature
MODEL RELEASED. Strip thermometer. Boy using a strip thermometer to measure his temperature from his forehead. His temperature is displayed by the green area

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Red blood cells and heart

Red blood cells and heart. Computer artwork of a heart on the silhouette of a person and red blood cells (erythrocytes). The heart is a hollow muscle that pumps blood around the body

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Lung function test

Lung function test. Spirometer sitting on lung function test results

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Measuring hip girth

Measuring hip girth
MODEL RELEASED. Measuring hip girth using a tape measure

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Ordnance Survey benchmark, UK

Ordnance Survey benchmark, UK
Ordnance Survey (OS) benchmark. OS benchmarks were installed by the Ordnance Survey department throughout the UK to record the height above mean sea level as determined by the Ordnance Datum Newlyn

Background imageMeasurement Collection: PPRE2A-00193

PPRE2A-00193
Young George Washington working as a surveyor in Virginia. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Man under coal weighing machine, Llanerch Colliery

Man under coal weighing machine, Llanerch Colliery
A smartly dressed man (Herbert Saunders) standing under a coal weighing machine at Llanerch Colliery near Pontypool in South Wales

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Met Police stopwatch -- inside face

Met Police stopwatch -- inside face
A Metropolitan Police issue stopwatch for the purpose of catching speeding motorists. This method worked on the principle of timing motorists over specific distances to estimate their speed

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Trigonometry Point

Trigonometry Point
A Trigonometry Point at Buvita in the Belgium Congo, topped off with a broom!

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Cuckoo Clock Maker

Cuckoo Clock Maker
Two little boys help an old clockmaker, perhaps their grandfather, to make a cuckoo clock in the Black Forest, Germany

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Unusual Sundial

Unusual Sundial
An unusual armillary sphere sundial with a base with fish sculpted into it, at Bath, Somerset, England

Background imageMeasurement Collection: The Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, Europe

The Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, Europe

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Watch Advertisement

Watch Advertisement
Thanks to his Omega watch, this gentleman can tell that unless his companion gets a move on, they are going to be late for the theatre

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Bewcastle Cross

Bewcastle Cross
BEWCASTLE CROSS, Cumberland, standing in the towns churchyard, is claimed to be Englands oldest sun-dial

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Clock Mechanisms

Clock Mechanisms
A variety of clocks: an electric clock, a water clock, a sun dial, clock movements and pendulums

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Cartoon, Disraeli Measuring the British Lion

Cartoon, Disraeli Measuring the British Lion
Cartoon, The State of the Nation, Disraeli Measuring the British Lion. Mr Disraelis motion for a Select Committee to consider the state of the nation, in consequence of the repeal of the Corn Law

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Sundial

Sundial
A traditional sundial in the garden with a castle in the background Date: 1868

Background imageMeasurement Collection: Sundial in Petts Wood, Kent

Sundial in Petts Wood, Kent
A rambler stops to look at a sundial in Petts Wood, Kent, set up in memory of William Willett, pioneer of daylight saving whose ideas led to British Summer Time. 1939



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"Measuring Time: From Ancient Sundials to Modern Calculators" Step into the world of measurement, where time is captured and recorded in various forms. Explore the intricate craftsmanship of a Lantern Clock Tompion, its delicate hands ticking away centuries-old moments. Marvel at the precision of a Bracket Clock Tompion, an exquisite piece that stands as a testament to human ingenuity. Innovation takes center stage with the invention of the tape recorder, revolutionizing how we capture sound and preserve memories for generations to come. Delve into history as you uncover the inner workings of a Clock Mechanism from 1737 or witness a skilled Watchmaker meticulously crafting timepieces. Temperature finds its measure through advancements like the Mercury thermometer, providing accurate readings that shape our understanding of heat and cold. Discover tranquility in a sundial on slate inscribed with "Noiseless falls the foot of time that only treads on flowers, " transporting you back to 1905 in Little Hall, Lavenham. The Metric System emerges as an international language for measurement, simplifying calculations across borders and fostering global unity. Witness ancient wisdom unfold with a Chinese Abacus from 1814 or marvel at M. I. T. 's Calculator from the 1930s—a symbol of progress in computation. Journey through celestial realms with an Astronomical Clock from 1833—an intricate fusion of artistry and science guiding us through cosmic cycles. Finally, explore another clock mechanism from 1882—each cog representing countless hours spent perfecting this timeless invention. Measurement transcends mere numbers; it encapsulates humanity's quest for knowledge and understanding. These artifacts stand as testaments to our relentless pursuit for accuracy and efficiency throughout history—reminders that every tick marks another moment passed but also holds infinite possibilities for what lies ahead.