Dairy thermometer and case

Object Number: 
2002.62.1ab
Date: 
ca. 1920
Medium: 
Glass, paper, mercury; cardboard
Dimensions: 
Case: 11 x 1 in. ( 27.9 x 2.5 cm ) Overall: 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Description: 
Dairy thermometer composed of hollow glass tube with metal point at bottom and glass ring at top; paper inside printed with temperature scale; mercury beads at base. Fits into cylindrical cardboard tube open at both ends.
Gallery Label: 
This dairy thermometer was used on the Catskills dairy farm of Joseph Burr Buckman (1851-1929) and his wife Corinne Barbour (1860-1936). The couple purchased an 84-acre farm in the Catskills hoping that the fresh air would help their son with tuberculosis. Joseph Buckman traveled by train to New York City to work in a hat factory, while his wife managed the extensive farm. The milk produced by their farm was kept fresh by an artesian well and was picked up regularly by a milk company.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Joseph Burr Buckman Catskill Farm Tools
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Creative: Tronvig Group