National Geographic : 1920 May
UNTIL Thaddeus Fairbanks in. vented the platform scale, weight-measuring instruments had not greatly changed since ancient Babylon. From age-incrusted pictures carved in stone we learn that these in struments in use in Egypt differed little from the one probably used in Abra ham's transactions with the sons of Heth, of which we are told the four hun dred shekels he paid Ephron for a burial place were weighed out in silver currency. It remained fcr an ingenious Yankee hemp dealer and artisan to solve the problem of accurate weighing by means of the platform scale as we now know it. Until his invention appeared in 1830, old-time methods of weighing, by balance or steelyard, were the only ones in use. Little did this Vermont inventor realize how great a revolution he had wrought in the world's trading methods. Today, in ten thousand lines of trade is found the accurate Fairbanks Scale registering weights ranging from the "twentieth part of one poor scruple" to that of a giant locomo tive or a monster long range gun. GO where you will on the earth's surface and you will find the world's goods be ing weighed on FairbanksScales. No coun try too remote-no application too difficult for their successful use. The flour in the mill-the coal at the mine entrance-the load at the factory door-all pass over these scales and their tallies are taken. Accurate-de pendable-honest-Fairbanks Scales. Our products include Fairbanks Scales-oil engines-pumps-electric motors and gen erators-railway appliances and coaling sta tions-farm power machinery, such as "Z" engines-lighting plants-water systems. FAIRBANKS, MORSE C& CO. CHICAGO "Mention The Geographic-It identifies you"