Mar 122010

This is an American Family Scale made by American Cutlery from Chicago.

“Patent number 612968 was issued to Marius Hansen on October 25, 1898.  Marius was the president and founder of Hanson Brothers Scale Company which was in Chicago. American Cutlery was a large customer of Hansen and as such purchased the rights to put their name on the scales.   These types of scales were known as family scales and are quite common on the marketplace as every housekeeper in the late 1800s and early 1900s had one. Retail value might be from $20-$50 depending upon condition.”

I wouldn’t consider this one in good condition; here is a picture of what it should look like. Still, they seem to be asking $75 for this one… seems to still work well as it weighed this rock seemingly accurately.

The rock that I put on the scale is Jasper… and now I wish I had snapped a pic of its official name — it was so obvious, I didn’t think I’d forget it.  Well, I’ll go back next week and update this entry.

Anyway, I thought the rock complimented the colors of the scale nicely.

The photo was post- processed in Aperture… I the auto enhance preset to and then dodged in more contrast on the scale face… as that is the point of the photo.  I then cropped to put the rock in better balance with the scale.

  5 Responses to “THEME: Old Fashioned”

  1. Eleanor — I did the one month trial of Aperture and now it is over. I can’t really afford to buy it, so I’m going to see how much I “miss” it. I had a hard time figuring out how to use it at first since it is so different than Adobe PSE with its concept of layers. But after a bit I started to see the “genius” of the program. The interesting thing is, I learned a lot more about Adobe PSE in the process since I was doing comparisons.

    Someone in this blog group recommend Adobe Lightroom 2… I’ve downloaded a trial of that, but it is even more money than Aperture. And I think I want a program that is better integrated with the Mac.

    I am going to evaluate Pixelmator next.

  2. Great shot! I like how the colors compliment each other. Nice job in Aperture, also. I just got Aperture 3 and feel like I’m going to be a long time learning it! I didn’t know you could dodge and burn in it.

  3. Old things have a lot of charm, great photo! :)

  4. Love the clear details and very cool lettering…also love how you filled the frame with the subject.

  5. Nice! I love the lettering, an old fashioned style for sure. Nice too that all the colors are in the rust zone.

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