Waagen Storys 


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1901

TOLEDO

Henry Theobald founds Toledo Computing Scale and Cash Register Company
Production begins on Allen DeVilbiss Jr.‘s computing scale


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Allen de Vilbiss
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* März 1873 in IN
gest. 22. April 1911
​​​​​​​in Toledo, Lucas Co, Ohio

Toledo Scale began when Henry Theobald was fired from his job for seeking continuous improvement. The National Cash Register Company fired Theobald around 1900 for instituting changes in production that would decrease costs and improve the product. He decided to start his own business, and bought the DeVilbiss Computing Scale Company from Allen DeVilbiss Jr. of Toledo.
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DeVilbiss had invented and patented a pendulum type scale that used actual weight as a counterbalance rather than spring tension. This scale was superior to anything on the market at that time, because springs change with temperature and wear. Gravity, of course, does not.
Mr. Theobald coined the phrase,


«No Springs, Honest Weight»

as a slogan for his new company. During his reign, Toledo Scale boomed. Mr. Theobald was a man of amazing energy, ability, and imagination.
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​​​​​​​Henry Theobald

* 1865, gest. 1924

«We are not obligated to sell one more scale,
but weare morally bound to service the scales 
we have already sold.»

Henry Theobald, Founder, Toledo Scale



The first factory
of what was then known as the Toledo Computing Scale Company, was in 1901 located in the two-story building at the corner Albion and Bishop Streets in Toledo. Prior to that time, scales had been built in the basement of the home of Dr. DeVilbiss, by the son, Allen DeVilbiss Jr..
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Seated in front of the original plant, this group of 32 men in 1901 constituted the manufacturing force. The inventor,
Allen DeVillbiss Jr., is in the second row with light colored coat. Seated on the sidewalk is J. D. Rittenhouse, still active
as Enameling Foreman, with a continuous service record of 50 years; fourth from left, in the first row, is Walter Palmer, now of the Retail Assembly Departement. Production was about fifteen scales a week.
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Allen DeVilbiss Jr., inventor of the Toledo Scale, as early as 1898, using the age-old principle of balancing weight against weight, and combining it for the first time with an automatic indication of weight and computed values.
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1902

Company becomes
TOLEDO COMPUTING SCALE COMPANY
Toledo, Ohio, Albion & Bishop Street

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Original plant was at Albion and Bishop Streets in 2-story building at right. The threestory structure
in foreground at Monroe and Albion was added; then anaddition along Bishop Street. A fourth floor
​​​​​​​added later to main building.
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1906

​​​​​​​5 Jahre Toledo

Nürburgring 1934 bis 1938

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Aus dem obigen Briefkopf ist zu entnehem:
President: Henry Theobald
Vice-President: Frederick L. Geddes
​​​​​​​Chairman: Lenox S. Rose


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1910

​​​​​​Windsor, Canada plant established

TOLEDO COMPUTING SCALES Co.

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Links: Auf dem ganzseitigen Inserat ist aus dem Text zu entnehmen, dass die Toledo-Waagen von dieser Modellreihe im kanadischen Werk in Windsor, Ontario produziert wurden.             Pin & Inserat: Privatsammlung

Oben: Das neue Werk in Winsor, Kanada: Toledo Computing Scales Co. Ansicht von der Wasserseite, Aufnahme von 1912.
Bild: University of Windsor, Leddy Library

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1911

​​​​​​10 Years Toledo Scales Co

Industrial line begins with development of double pendulum portable scale

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Links: Auf dem ganzseitigen Inserat ist aus dem Text zu entnehmen, dass die Toledo-Waagen von dieser Modellreihe im kanadischen Werk in Windsor, Ontario produziert wurden.             Pin & Inserat: Privatsammlung

Oben: Das neue Werk in Winsor, Kanada: Toledo Computing Scales Co. Ansicht von der Wasserseite, Aufnahme von 1912.
Bild: University of Windsor, Leddy Library

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1928

Toledo Scale Paintings

of Georges LaChance



Georges LaChance, 1888-1964, was an important painter of Southern Indiana landscapes
and a member, and president, of the Brown County Art Guild. 

This series of 14 paintings was commissioned by Toledo Scale and created
by Georges LaChance in 1928 and 1929. These paintings are of the most
senior Toledo employees of that era as they performed their jobs.

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1930

Toledo and the Sunkist Beauties

auf einer Toledo "Lollipop"-Waage



Fanchon & Marco, Inc. started in 1919 and snowballed until theatres which had bought franchises from them became bankrupt and or due to the depression, Unions, and in order to keep units out they had to become theatre operators. Fanchon and Marco would manage many theatres on the West Coast circuit as well as produce many acts such as the «Sunkist Beauties,» «The Fanchon and Marco Girls» and the 48 woman group called the «Fanchonettes (Formerly California Sunshine Girls») to perform in these theatres.
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