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    Posted 8 months ago

    Raulston1986
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    Wondering year this tape measure was made?
    Integrity deluxe model 1033 C , chrome plated case 6ft tape. Use it all the time love it.

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    1. keramikos, 8 months ago
      Hi, Raulston1986. :-)

      Cool. Is there anything on the other side of the tape measure?

      I didn't find a twin, but I did find a Bakelite Integrity tape measure that lists a patent:

      *snip*

      This is a really nice Bakelite tape measure with the name integrity. It has a crest with a horse and a Kight sitting on a horse with a lance in his hand. It has a number 1015 and is a 6 foot tape. As a US patent 2.011.081. Steel tape is made in Germany and is stamped integrity.

      *snip*

      https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-bakerlight-tape-measure-integrity-1015

      The 1935 patent:

      https://patents.google.com/patent/US2011081A/
    2. keramikos, 8 months ago
      Here's another Integrity DeLuxe tape measure with a metal/metal-clad case, but it's octagonal:

      *snip*

      Vintage 2" x 2" Octagonal Case Integrity DeLuxe 6 Feet Measure Rule US Pa tent, Made in Germany This is a really unusual tape. Not only is it neat looking, the tape locks as it is pulled out. Another slight tug and it retracts. Also the silver markings on a black tape are different.

      *snip*

      https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-octagonal-case-integrity-de-431835148

      There's at least one older patent for a coiled tape measure in a case (July 14, 1868):

      https://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?PageNum=0&docid=00079965&IDKey=74AF627D1356%0D%0A&HomeUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fpatimg.htm
    3. keramikos, 8 months ago
      Hmm, dunno why Google Patents wasn't cooperative earlier, but here is the GP listing for that July 14, 1868 patent:

      https://patents.google.com/patent/US79965A/en

      Somebody else patented a spring-loaded tape measure device in 1864:

      https://patents.google.com/patent/US45372A/en

      https://todayincthistory.com/2019/07/14/july-14-a-tale-of-two-tape-measures/

      Sure would like to see that British one:

      *snip*

      A small Georgian Tunbridge ware painted wood tape measure. Circa 1800-1820. It has its original silk ribbon marked with measurements, which can be retracted by turning the top. This early example has a chip to the top and the ribbon is incomplete. It measures just over 1 inch(2.6 cm. high.

      *snip*

      https://vatican.com/Sewing-Pre-1930-Antique-Tape-Measure/

      Here are some cool old ones:

      https://www.bleasdalesltd.co.uk/app/download/5804987358/Tape%20Measures.pdf
    4. Celiene Celiene, 8 months ago
      I have one almost exactly like it that was my parents, and I'm 60!
    5. keramikos, 8 months ago
      Celiene, Good point. :-)

      This particular tape is probably not older than 1935, but could well be newer. Certainly I myself remember metal-clad, retractable tape measures from my childhood.

      Here's another history of tape measures (it has more than a few patent numbers listed in it, so it's valuable that way):

      https://quickdrawtapes.com/blogs/news/a-history-of-tape-measures
    6. keramikos, 8 months ago
      Here's a 1948 patent for a metal-clad tape measure where the shape is still round, as opposed to round with a flattened side:

      https://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?PageNum=0&docid=02455819&IDKey=265D334B8F59%0D%0A&HomeUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fpatimg.htm

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