So Dad took a vacation day and Mom works late. That means a relaxing morning right?? No. Today's activity (after pre-dawn breakfast, treats, rough housing with Millie, squirrel watching, favorite mouse play, and shelf acrobatics) is to sit on top of the air purifier and pretend he's a real lion with his mane blowing in the wind singing the song of his people. Soooo relaxing right?? (Oh and it doesn't normally run at that speed--Millie jumps up there and changes the speeds!) #kerby#catvideo#ragdollcat#meow_beauties#kitties#catsofinstagram#kittiesofinstagram#magnificent_meowdels#meow
Back from vacation, so here's a quick 'return to normal service' post, and a late Markup Monday entry. I've always been interested in obsolete measurement systems, and they don't come much more obsolete than non-metric French measurements. Prior to the French Revolution, there was no single standard system of measurement in France - like most European countries, measurements were set locally by cities. There was a botched attempt to introduce a metric system after the revolution, which was soon replaced by a standardized non-metric system (Mesures Usuelles) that remained in place until 1840, after which a metric standard was relaunched, although, the Mesures Usuelles survived in limited use for many years thereafter. In 1875, France effectively turned their system over to an international body, and the modern SI system was born.
This rule is unusual for several reasons. It is marked out only in 12 'pouces' (the Mesure Usuelle equivalent of an inch, which is 1.066 Imperial inches), and is also marked with 'PARIS' to identify the system in use - almost all such rules I have seen are marked in multiple systems. It is an American made rule, produced by the New York City form of Kerby & Brother (approx 1850s -1900s), best known as producers of rules for specialty trades, notably cable/rope merchants, tailors, and pattern makers - and not known as major exporters. Finally, it is fairly cheaply produced, suggesting it originates in the later years of Kerby & Bro - yet there would have been little or no call to produce a rule like this at that time, as the Mesures Usuelle system faded into obscurity by the 1860s/70s.
All in all, an interesting find that prompts more questions than it answers.