An enterprising Egyptian invented the first scale in 5000 B.C.—a balance beam with equal arms. However, the Egyptians used the new device only to weigh material goods like lapis lazuli rings and gold collars, not people. Apparently no one was worth his weight in gold. Or lapis, or wheat or...
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Many centuries later, in 1772, John Clais of London invented the dial weighing machine.
The very first public weighing machine, based on his creation, was opened in Bath in 1799.
In 1831 Vermonter Thaddeus Fairbank contributed the platform scale and Percy Everlitt weighed in with the first coin-operated scale on December 13, 1884. It was such a huge success that the scale finally took its rightful place next to the fortune teller's booth at the circus.
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Today, the scale can be found in doctors' offices, posh health club locker rooms, and under bathroom sinks, collecting dust.
Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger.