The American Weigh - The Christopher K. Steele Collection

Press Releases
11.17.2017 - Ruth K. Meyer: Chicago’s Art Deco Penny Scales at the 2017 Conference of the International Council of Museums
01.01.2013 - National Inventors Hall of Fame Extends Exercising Ingenuity in Fitness and Health Exhibit Through December 2013
10.01.2011 - Exercising Ingenuity in Fitness and Health - The National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum
03.20.2010 - Exhibition sets new attendance record
01.20.2010 - Press release for The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space - Feb. 2 through March 7, 2010
Media Coverage

ABC 6 On Your Side - 12.10.2019
Maß und Gewicht - Dimensions and Weight
Zeitschrift fur Metrologie - Journal of Metrology
Nr. 120, Dezember 2016
The American Weigh - Wiegen auf Amerikanisch
This essay introduces the collection of coin-operated public weighing machines belonging to Christopher K. Steele, Columbus, Ohio, US. These are American “penny scales” that date from 1891 to 1991. This essay traces the evolution of these machines in Europe and America using selected examples from the Steele collection and is illustrated with items from his archives of ephemera. It is our thesis that the exterior design of scales closely follows trends in architecture from the Belle-Epoque through Art Déco. The mechanical advances include precision weighing, sound, operational efficiencies, ticket printing and distribution, fortune-telling and culminate in the digital read outs of the computer scales
Read the article here:     Maß und Gewicht, Meyer Steele 2016

Broad and High - 12.10.2013

TIMELINE, Ohio Historical Society’s October-December 2011 issue, honors the American Penny Scale with a 14 page cover article titled, The American Weigh. Text was written by art historian Ruth K. Meyer, Ph.D. Nineteen of the collection’s fun and colorful, mechanical wonders, dating from 1891 to1991, are highlighted along with many items from the Christopher K. Steele Collection’s ephemera archive.

Read the article here:     Timeline, Meyer Steele 2011
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WOSU ArtZine video
Antique Week Eastern Addition Cover Story: A Penny for Your Weight by Karen Edwards - 4.4.2011 (This same article also appeared in Antique Week Central and Antique West)
FOX DC coverage of the Inventors Hall Of Fame Museum (no longer available)
American Profile Magazine, 1.2.2011 issue, Circulation 10 million
L.A. Times front page article - 8.18.2010
L.A. Times audio slide show - 8.18.2010
NBC Channel 4
Columbus Business First
Associated Press - 2.22.2010
Home and Away Magazine - January / February 2010 issue
Voice of America (no longer available)
Voice of America mp3 audio (no longer available)
The Columbus Dispatch (no longer available)
SNP Tri-Village News (no longer available)
The Other Paper (no longer available)
The Ohio State University Alumni Magazine
WOSU radio (no longer available)
Toledo Art Museum Centennial Exhibit - 3.24.2002
NPR Radio Morning Edition Carl Kasell - 1984
Hollywood Embraced the Penny Scale - Part I
Hollywood Embraced the Penny Scale - Part II


Historic penny scale film shot by Nat Raizner circa 1945

This historic penny scale film was shot by Nat Raizner circa 1945 in the Bronx and Manhattan across from five drugstores. This film was used to convince merchants that penny scales in vestibules did not impede traffic in and out of stores.