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Object ID # 1992.023.001
Object Name Thermometer
Title Willard Car Batteries Advertising Thermometer
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 1940s?
Made Willard
Place of Origin United States of America
Description Wall-mounted, round thermometer advertising WILLARD car batteries, 1920s-1940s. On the front of the thermometer, in the middle of a red circular margin, there is a black-finished metal pointer and "Willard Batteries" is printed in bold, red letters on a cream-coloured background. The thermometer measures the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, with the different values placed around the edge in the style of a clock. The numbers are black in colour, with 45 degrees at the 12:00 position and -45 in the place of 6:00. Smaller black text on the bottom of the thermometer's face reads "Made in the U.S.A.". The reverse side is flat,with four holed tabs for attaching the thermometer to a wall. The thermometer's glass face is convex.

Makers mark "Made in the U.S.A."
Provenance Belonged to J. Leonard Walsh who owned and operated an Imperial Oil service station and garage at Dornoch, Grey County, starting in the 1920s. This WILLARD BATTERIES thermometer used to be hung "behind the stove" at Mr. Walsh's garage. It may be from the 1940s. It was made in the U.S.A.

James Leonard Walsh died on June 5, 1986, in his 92nd year. He is buried at St. Paul's Cemetery in Grey County. Last owned by Patrick Sweeney, one of his nephews who used to help him in the Dornoch garage.
Collection Commercial Equipment Collection
Material Metal/Glass/Paints
Dimensions Dia-25.5 cm
Found Durham, Municipality of West Grey, Grey County
People Walsh, J. Leonard
Sweeney, Patrick
Function A device that measures temperature, but also provides advertising for a type of car battery.