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Old 11-10-2019, 02:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Picked up this map measurer a few days ago. Kind of a fun little novelty. Manufacturer was Keuffel&Esser Co.
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Very cool item, is it vintage or simply designed to look "classically older" ? I would think it would be a cool addition to anyone's collection providing it wasn't too expensive as a peripheral piece.
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I got it for pretty much lunch money. It is vintage, but I haven't done any research yet to determine the year of manufacture.
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Super cool piece!

Is that a measuring device or pedometer ?
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It is a map measurer. I gotta learn more about it. The top button resets all the hands.
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It is a map measurer. I gotta learn more about it. The top button resets all the hands.
Perfect. I’ve seen similar devices but nowhere near as good looking as yours.
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WOW, it just gets cooler and cooler every time I look at it. So it's calibrated to 1/8" on the map and the two sub-dials count off hundreds of feet and thousands of feet as you roll it from one point to another on a paper map in front of you. The large center hand measures the portion of the first hundred and successive portions after. I have seen the handheld/walk along devices with an 8" or 10" wheel that surveyors use to measure any substantial distance really. They used one in the TV show "Breaking Bad" when they were measuring the length to the exact tanker car on the tracks that had the Methlamine in it they wanted to steal. This is the same type of device on a much smaller scale of measurement ! I think "Hey Google" may have stolen its usefulness but is nowhere near as cool !
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WOW, it just gets cooler and cooler every time I look at it. So it's calibrated to 1/8" on the map and the two sub-dials count off hundreds of feet and thousands of feet as you roll it from one point to another on a paper map in front of you. The large center hand measures the portion of the first hundred and successive portions after. I have seen the handheld/walk along devices with an 8" or 10" wheel that surveyors use to measure any substantial distance really. They used one in the TV show "Breaking Bad" when they were measuring the length to the exact tanker car on the tracks that had the Methlamine in it they wanted to steal. This is the same type of device on a much smaller scale of measurement ! I think "Hey Google" may have stolen its usefulness but is nowhere near as cool !
That ‘bout sums it up. Super cool !
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WOW, it just gets cooler and cooler every time I look at it. So it's calibrated to 1/8" on the map and the two sub-dials count off hundreds of feet and thousands of feet as you roll it from one point to another on a paper map in front of you. The large center hand measures the portion of the first hundred and successive portions after. I have seen the handheld/walk along devices with an 8" or 10" wheel that surveyors use to measure any substantial distance really. They used one in the TV show "Breaking Bad" when they were measuring the length to the exact tanker car on the tracks that had the Methlamine in it they wanted to steal. This is the same type of device on a much smaller scale of measurement ! I think "Hey Google" may have stolen its usefulness but is nowhere near as cool !
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Very cool item, is it vintage or simply designed to look "classically older" ? I would think it would be a cool addition to anyone's collection providing it wasn't too expensive as a peripheral piece.
From what I've been able to find, I believe this piece is from the 60s.
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Pre Historic Garmin?!


Strava on paper ?!
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For a handheld device and me leaning toward the old school approach, this pocket map measurer has my vote over a Garmin. I must admit, I am curious if the two had a measurement face off ! I may have a crush on this device, haha !
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Wow, that makes me remember that I either had or maybe still have one of these somewhere... nowhere near as cool as yours though.


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I used to have a Casio with a map meter:

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