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Miscellaneous Items

Pencil Cup Metric Converter CCW Metric Converter-Pencil Cup
This unique metric converter doubles as a pencil cup. It was also available in black with white lettering. Has two movable rings. There was also a slide rule version. Cup was made in Denmark by the CCW Slide Rule Co.
Size: 3.75" X 2.75"

The Lightning Calculator Lightning Calculator
This mechinical calculator is from the early 1900s. It was manufactured by the Lightning Calculator Co. of Grand Rapids Michigan. There was a much later version manufactured by Lightning Adding Machine Co., Inc. of Los Angeles CA.
Size: 13.25" X 3.75" X 2.25"

Tom Thumb Adding Machine Tom Thumb Adding Machine

This mechanical adding machine uses a stylus and does simple addition and subtraction calculations. You can also do multiplication and division but it is a pretty convoluted process. You clear the machine by pulling the bar out at the top. These were popular in the 1950s and 1960s.

Size: 3¼" X 5¾" X 3/8" thick.
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Gilson Midget Type IV Circular Slide Rule
Gilson Circular Slide Rule
This Gilson Circular Slide Rule is the Midget Type IV manufactured in 1931. This model is two sided and also has a cursor on the back. It's a 4-1/16" diameter aluminum disk with printed black scales on white celluloid enamel.
Leather Case

Fun Facts wheel chart 1931
The Fun Facts wheel chart features the United States on one side and Europe on the other. Just dial up a state on the U.S. side or a country on the Europe side. I also found references calling it "The Wheel Of Knowledge" although it is not printed anywhere on this chart. It has a copyright date of 1931 and was distributed by A. Knapp of New York City.
It's fairly large at 10 inches in diameter.
There was also a smaller United States version given out by Kelloggs.
United States

Diwa Slide Rule

Nestler  Slide Rule
Slide Rules
Click on the photo for a look at a couple interesting slide rules. The one pictured top left is a 6" rule and probably a promotion given out by Solid State Electronics of Illinois. It comes on a nifty little leather pocket protector. #601-1 made by Diwa in Denmark.

The second slide rule is my favorite to actually use. It's made by Nestler of Germany, model Nr. 0291. It works very smooth with no sidplay. Wish I had this one in High School. It sometimes took two people to move the cheap plastic one I had.
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Cleveland Institute of Electronics Slide Rule
Cleveland Institute Of Electronics Slide Rule
This slide rule was manufactured by Pickett. It's model number N-515-T and is made specifically for electronics use. This slide rule was distributed by the Cleveland Institute of Electronics.

One side is a standard engineering slide rule. The reverse side has scales for reactance and resonance, and electronics formulas such as ohm's law for AC and DC circuits, parallel resistance, coupled inductance, frequency and wavelength, temperature conversion, etc.
The heck with a pocket protector. The leather case has a removable belt loop for those that wanted to look really geeky.

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Rule with Leather Case
Electronics Scales Instructions (PDF file)

Electronic Drafting Templates Electronic Drafting Templates

Some of the Electronic Drafting Templates I used for drafting and drawing schematics in High School and up through the 1980s when computers finally replaced drafting tables.
Electronic Templates by Pickett, Bishop Graphics, Archer (Radio Shack), and Timesaver.
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RCA Mechanical Pencil
RCA Pencil Magnifier

RCA Pencil Ad
1934 Ad
Early RCA Mechanical Pencil
with built in Dog Bone Resistor Color Code Chart and Magnifier

These "RCA Service Engineer's Pencils" were given out as an incentive to dealers for selling a number of RCA "World-Wide Antenna Systems". There were a couple of versions. This one has a built in Dog Bone Resistor Color Code Chart and a magnifier on the end for reading small component numbers and values on a schematic.
The first band on the chart is for the resistor band color, the second is for the end color value, and the third band is for the dot value (number of zeros).

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1934 Pencil Ad
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Dog Bone Resistor

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