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Measuring Collection

Measuring - an art of precision and discovery. Tailoring tools in skilled hands create masterpieces that fit like a dream

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Britains New Navy in Training - HMS Raleigh

Britains New Navy in Training - HMS Raleigh. circa 1930s

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Tailoring tools

Tailoring tools
Tools used in tailoring, including scissors, needle and thread, chalk, measuring tape, a ruler and a smoothing iron

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Spectroscope (c. 1860) by Bunsen and Kirchhoff, published in 1880

Spectroscope (c. 1860) by Bunsen and Kirchhoff, published in 1880
Spectroscope by Robert Bunsen (German chemist, 1811 - 1899) and Gustav Robert Kirchhoff (German physicist, 1824 - 1884). A spectroscope is an optical device

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Mercury thermometer

Mercury thermometer showing a room temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. The mercury thermometer works as mercury, a liquid metal, expands evenly as the temperature increases

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Lie detector test

Lie detector test
MODEL RELEASED. Lie detector test. Pulse meters on a mans fingers during a lie detector, or polygraph, test. A polygraph records changes in a number of physiological processes

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Light meter

Light meter, used in photography. The light meter measures the brightness so that correct exposure times can be set on a camera

Background imageMeasuring Collection: ECGs of a normal heart rate, artwork

ECGs of a normal heart rate, artwork
Electrocardiograms (ECG) of a normal heart rate, artwork. An ECG measures the electrical activity of the heart. The wave on the ECG appears upwards or downwards depending upon whether the electrical

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Measuring up an end of Bowls, 1903

Measuring up an end of Bowls, 1903
Photograph showing the measuring from a jack during a game of bowls, Britain, 1903

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Household thermometer

Household thermometer, with both Celsius and Fahrenheit scales. The reading of 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) is normal room temperature

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Old people playing bowls at Penzance in West Cornwall, UK

Old people playing bowls at Penzance in West Cornwall, UK
Ashley Cooper / SpecialistStock

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Overhead view of the fruit and vegetable market

Overhead view of the fruit and vegetable market, Pushkar, Rajasthan State, India, Asia

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Dandelion Clock & Prayer

Dandelion Clock & Prayer
A dandelion clock is used as a metaphor for measuring your life by loss and not by gain

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Measuring a Gold

Measuring a Gold
Archery is much favoured by Victorian females, who are seen here measuring their achievements

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Colossus Of Rhodes

Colossus Of Rhodes
The Colossus of Rhodes, a giant statue of the sun god Helios measuring 34 metres, towers over the islands harbour, circa 250 BC

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Bus Driver

Bus Driver
March 1929: A set of instruments on a bus route survey vehicle for measuring distance, gradient and camber on roads used by the London General Omnibus Companys fleet of buses

Background imageMeasuring Collection: PSCI2A-00073

PSCI2A-00073
Greek astronomer Hipparchus mapping the stars over Alexandria, ancient Egypt. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Rolls-Royce Clyde powered prototype Westland Wyvern TF2

Rolls-Royce Clyde powered prototype Westland Wyvern TF2, VP120, during thrust measuring trials at Yeovil

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Micrometer screw gauge

Micrometer screw gauge. This is an instrument used to accurately measure small distances. Here it is being used to measure the thickness of a piece of wire (upper left)

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Hogarth / Rakes / Tailor

Hogarth / Rakes / Tailor
The Rakes Progress 1. The young heir is measured for new clothes

Background imageMeasuring Collection: A Rakes Progress, Plate 1, June 25, 1735. Creator: William Hogarth

A Rakes Progress, Plate 1, June 25, 1735. Creator: William Hogarth
A Rakes Progress, Plate 1, June 25, 1735

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Observatory on the summit of Ben Nevis, Scotland

Observatory on the summit of Ben Nevis, Scotland
Observatory on the summit of Ben Nevis, Fort William, Scotland Date: 1908

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Outdoor Curling Match on the ice at Bern, Switzerland

Outdoor Curling Match on the ice at Bern, Switzerland. Date: circa 1907

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Seaman looking at sea map and holding pair of compasses

Seaman looking at sea map and holding pair of compasses

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Portable seismometer in use, 1973

Portable seismometer in use, 1973
A modern model of Zhang Hengs apparatus for detecting earthquakes. The model is from the Science Museums collections

Background imageMeasuring Collection: DDE-90029545

DDE-90029545
Men playing Petanque in the park, Arles Provence, France. Date: 20/01/2009

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Measuring Substitutes for the Army of Reserve, 1815. 1815. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson

Measuring Substitutes for the Army of Reserve, 1815. 1815. Creator: Thomas Rowlandson
Measuring Substitutes for the Army of Reserve, 1815

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Chest measurement of LFB applicant

Chest measurement of LFB applicant
An LFB applicant has his chest measured by A D O Packer, commandant of the Training School. The brigade minimum is 36 inches with a two-inch expansion

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Chinese Pharmacy 1864

Chinese Pharmacy 1864
Traditional Chinese dispensaries have changed little over time. Herbs are weighed out in daily doses, and patients receive bags of herbs to last the treatment. Date: 1864

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Beerometer

Beerometer 1897 Date: 1897

Background imageMeasuring Collection: A Sextant, 1912

A Sextant, 1912
Illustration of a typical sextant, c.1912. Sextants are used by mariners and explorers to determine their position, by measuring the angle between the horizon and the sun. Date: 1912

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Oscilloscope

Oscilloscope displaying white noise. Oscilloscopes use cathode ray tubes to graphically exhibit variations in voltage or electric current

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Woman measuring her waist

Woman measuring her waist. She may be keeping track of weight loss during a diet but compulsive self-measurement may be a symptom of a body image disorder such as anorexia nervosa

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Boy measuring his temperature

Boy measuring his temperature
MODEL RELEASED. Strip thermometer. Boy using a strip thermometer to measure his temperature from his forehead. His temperature is displayed by the green area

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Measuring hip girth

Measuring hip girth
MODEL RELEASED. Measuring hip girth using a tape measure

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Arab Astronomers / 1513

Arab Astronomers / 1513
Arab astronomers measuring angles between objects in space or on land

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Telling time at night using a nocturnal. The hour is obtained by measuring the angular

Telling time at night using a nocturnal. The hour is obtained by measuring the angular position of the imaginary line joining the pointers in the constellation of the Plough to the Pole Star

Background imageMeasuring Collection: With the Army, Derby recruit measured for uniform, WW1

With the Army, Derby recruit measured for uniform, WW1
A Derby recruit in civilian clothes is measured up for his uniform during the First World War. Date: 1916

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Taking temperature

Taking temperature
MODEL RELEASED. Taking temperature. Young woman using an oral themometer to take her temperature. The themometer shows a normal reading of 37 degrees Celsius which is normal body temperature

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Measuring water levels

Measuring water levels
Water level recorder in a river, being adjusted by a scientist. It uses float activation of a gearing assembly to move a pen across a chart drum. The chart drum is driven by a spring-wound clock

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Mathematical equipment

Mathematical equipment
Mathematics equipment. Protractor (left), a pair of compasses and pencil (centre top), a pen (right) and an electronic calculator (lower centre)

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Old people playing bowls at Penzance in West Cornwall, UK

Old people playing bowls at Penzance in West Cornwall, UK
Ashley Cooper / SpecialistStock

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Curry&rice / Dressmakers

Curry&rice / Dressmakers
The Colonels lady with native dressmakers ironing and measuring for a new outfit

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Meridian Circle in the Paris Observatory, an instrument used to measure the transit of stars

Meridian Circle in the Paris Observatory, an instrument used to measure the transit of stars
693684 Meridian Circle in the Paris Observatory, an instrument used to measure the transit of stars, from 'El Museo Popular' publ. 1889 (print) by Spanish School, (19th century).

Background imageMeasuring Collection: The measuring of the specific gravity of alcohol with a hydrometer

The measuring of the specific gravity of alcohol with a hydrometer
5311838 The measuring of the specific gravity of alcohol with a hydrometer; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the measuring of the specific gravity of alcohol with a hydrometer)

Background imageMeasuring Collection: London Milk Woman

London Milk Woman
863257 London Milk Woman; (add.info.: London Milk Woman. She is carrying milk in pewter pails suspended from wooden yoke)

Background imageMeasuring Collection: An engraving depicting a gold-leaf electroscope (Bennett's electroscope), 19th century

An engraving depicting a gold-leaf electroscope (Bennett's electroscope), 19th century
5311599 An engraving depicting a gold-leaf electroscope (Bennett's electroscope), 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1878); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMeasuring Collection: 19th century illustration showing two electrically powered gyroscopes, 1880

19th century illustration showing two electrically powered gyroscopes, 1880
5311569 19th century illustration showing two electrically powered gyroscopes, 1880. A gyroscope is a device used for measuring or maintaining orientation and angular velocity

Background imageMeasuring Collection: Ancient astronomy tools

Ancient astronomy tools
5311792 Ancient astronomy tools; (add.info.: Woodcut engraving depicting ancient astronomy tools used in measuring the meridian passage of a passing body, and the rules for taking altitudes)



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Measuring - an art of precision and discovery. Tailoring tools in skilled hands create masterpieces that fit like a dream. The spectroscope, a scientific marvel from the 19th century, unravels the secrets of light and matter. A mercury thermometer faithfully records temperature changes, guiding us through seasons and climates. Lie detector tests measure truthfulness, revealing hidden emotions beneath the surface. A light meter captures the essence of illumination, allowing photographers to paint with light. ECGs showcase the rhythmic dance of a healthy heart, merging science and art seamlessly. Measuring up an end of Bowls in 1903 brings together tradition and competition on green fields. Household thermometers keep our homes cozy or cool as needed while overhead views at bustling fruit markets remind us of abundance's measurement in colors and flavors. Dandelion clocks whisper prayers for time's passage as they scatter seeds into the wind. In Penzance, West Cornwall, old souls gather to play bowls – measuring skill against experience under gentle sunsets by the sea. And finally, measuring gold becomes more than just numbers; it symbolizes dreams realized through hard work and determination. From tailors to scientists to artists to athletes – we all measure our world in different ways but share a common desire for understanding and growth.