Microscope

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subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
maker
Meccano
Credit Line
William H. Yeingst
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10.2 cm x 25.4 cm x 45.7 cm; 4 1/32 in x 10 in x 18 in
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Description
This is a simple compound monocular with push-tube focus, hinged joint, square stage, sub-stage mirror, and square base. It comes with slides and apparatus for simple chemical experiments. The box reads “MECCANO / MICROSCOPE / SET / with Polaroid Junior . . . The Meccano Company of American, Inc. / 290 Fifth Avenue New York, N.Y. U.S.A.”
Frank Hornby, of Liverpool, introduced the first Meccano construction sets in 1901. Meccano microscope sets were available by the 1930s.
Ref: M. P. Gould, Frank Hornby: The Boy who made $1,000,000 with a Toy (1915).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope set
ID Number
1992.0508.01
catalog number
1992.0508.01
accession number
1992.0508