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For the manufacturer of heavy equipment in Lufkin, Texas, see Lufkin Industries .

Lufkin is a brand featuring primarily measurement tools such as calipers , gauges , micrometers , and measuring tapes . Lufkin is currently a brand of Cooper Industries .

Lufkin Type none; solely a brand Industry Manufacturing Founded Cleveland, Ohio , USA (1869 [1 ]) Headquarters Houston, Texas , USA Products Professional Hand Tools History

The company was founded by Edward Taylor Lufkin, an American Civil War veteran of the Sixtieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry [2 ] in Cleveland, Ohio 1869 [1 ] and was originally named E.T. Lufkin Board and Log Rule Manufacturing Company.

The company was acquired in 1967 by Cooper Industries .[ 3]

The Lufkin Rule Company plant in Saginaw, Michigan as it was circa 1918. Innovations

Throughout its history Lufkin patented a variety of devices and manufacturing processes.

US 149321 , Lufkin, Edward Taylor, "Improvement in Board Measures", issued April 7, 1874 US 272279 , Lufkin, Edward Taylor, "Headed Lumber Rule", issued Feb 13, 1883 US 272892 , Lufkin, Edward Taylor, "Machine for forming and dressing lumber-rules", issued February 27, 1883 References ^ a b "(advertisement)" . Popular Science ( Bonnier Corporation ) 171 (3): 221. September 1957. ISSN 0161-7370 . /?id=Ci0DAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA2&pg=PA221 ^ History of Lorain County, Ohio, with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers . Philadelphia: Williams Brothers. 1879. p. 96. OCLC 54440022 . /Lorain/LorainCXVIP90.htm ^ Hoover's Handbook of American Business (5th ed.). Austin, Texas : Hoover's Business Press . 1995. p. 394. ISBN 9781878753656 External links
Brand home page at Cooper Tools Scanned copies of historical Lufkin catalogs at Rose Antique Tools The Lufkin Rule Company Origins , a genealogy page about Edward Taylor Lufkin at the

A tape measure or measuring tape is a flexible form of ruler . It consists of a ribbon of cloth, plastic, fiber glass, or metal strip with linear-measurement markings. It is a common measuring tool. Its flexibility allows for a measure of great length to be easily carried in pocket or toolkit and permits one to measure around curves or corners. Today it is ubiquitous, even appearing in miniature form as a keychain fob , or novelty item . Surveyors use tape measures in lengths of over 100 m (300+ ft).


Tape measures that were intended for use in tailoring or dressmaking were made from flexible cloth or plastic. Today, measuring tapes made for sewing are made of fiberglass, which does not tear or stretch as easily. Measuring tapes designed for carpentry or construction often use a stiff, curved metallic ribbon that can remain stiff and straight when extended, but retracts into a coil for convenient storage. This type of tape measure will have a floating tang on the end to aid measuring. The tang will float a distance equal to its thickness, to provide both inside and outside measurements that are accurate. A tape measure of 25 or even 100 feet can wind into a relatively small container. The self-marking tape measure allows the user an accurate one hand measure and mark without an outside device.


The design on which most modern spring tape measures are built was patented by a New Haven, Connecticut resident named Alvin J. Fellows on 14 July 1868. According to the text of his patent, Fellows' tape measure was an improvement on other versions previously designed. [1 ]

The spring tape measure has existed since Fellows' patent in 1868, but did not come into wide usage until the early 1900s, when it slowly began to supplant a common folding wooden design of carpenter's ruler.

With the mass production of the integrated circuit (IC) the tape measure has also entered into the digital age with the digital ...