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    German or Russian?

    I picked up a couple of isometers (betcha never heard that word me, neither ) "map measurement tool," at the auction, made in Germany. There is a round wheel at the tip of the pointer, that you run along a map, and it shows you the total distance to travel on the dial.

    On the dial "Inches to Kilometers or Verstes." "Verstes" looks like a German word, but not exactly, Google won't translate it. And "Verst" is an old Russian word, a unit of measure, a little longer than a kilometer.
    Anyone have any ideas? Would they be using a Russian word on this German tool?

    Centimeters is spelled "centimetres"

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    If it was made in East Germany they might.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Wally View Post
    If it was made in East Germany they might.
    Makes sense. Here's another, Tacro was a company in the 1930's, according to one ebay user (not always reliable). Another German company was "Cutiecut". I know plastic versions of these came out in the US in the 1950's.

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    Isometer? Sorry, the word is "Opisometer".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Wally View Post
    If it was made in East Germany they might.
    when it was Germany only it was BEFORE DDR and GDR. ( or West Germany, as everything was called politically correct...) here is a link to convert..https://www.convertunits.com/from/verst/to/mile
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterocitor View Post
    Isometer? Sorry, the word is "Opisometer".
    maybe Isometer is right? since there is such a thing as Isometry ?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isometry
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    Верста - Russian
    https://ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%...81%D1%82%D0%B0
    The etymogy is interesting...

    Verst - Deutsch

    The device shown above is called курвиметр in Russia, from Latin "curva" - curve in English, to measure a length of curves on a map.

    The same sound has obscene Polish kurwa, btw...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterocitor View Post
    I picked up a couple of isometers (betcha never heard that word me, neither ) "map measurement tool," at the auction, made in Germany. There is a round wheel at the tip of the pointer, that you run along a map, and it shows you the total distance to travel on the dial.

    On the dial "Inches to Kilometers or Verstes." "Verstes" looks like a German word, but not exactly, Google won't translate it. And "Verst" is an old Russian word, a unit of measure, a little longer than a kilometer.
    Anyone have any ideas? Would they be using a Russian word on this German tool?

    Centimeters is spelled "centimetres"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedikt View Post
    maybe Isometer is right? since there is such a thing as Isometry ?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isometry
    Now I remember, "isomorphism" from math cla.s.s. an isomorphic mapping, and isometric triangles...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedikt View Post
    when it was Germany only it was BEFORE DDR and GDR. ( or West Germany, as everything was called politically correct...) here is a link to convert..https://www.convertunits.com/from/verst/to/mile
    You think it's pre-WW2? Me, too.

    I wonder, when did USSR convert from using "verst" to kilometers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheInterocitor View Post
    I wonder, when did USSR convert from using "verst" to kilometers?
    Metric system was entered by decree of People Comissars Council in 1918, 14th Sep, for RSFSR. For whole USSR, in 1925th.
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    the tip looks like a - pen -? so you go along - curved - roads and one can measure the distances between two points? there is even a video on youtube. it shows, with a slightly different model, what that thing is being used for
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB0UDVpVI2I
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedikt View Post
    the tip looks like a - pen -?
    I would call it a small wheel.
    so you go along - curved - roads and one can measure the distances between two points?
    Yes, I had one back in the early ninetieths to plan my trips to/from Russia, later I got a PC program that made it a very easy task to plan trips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedikt View Post
    the tip looks like a - pen -? so you go along - curved - roads and one can measure the distances between two points? there is even a video on youtube. it shows, with a slightly different model, what that thing is being used for
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB0UDVpVI2I
    The pointed end is a mechanical pencil, the round end has the little wheel that, as you run it along the map, advances the needle on the dial.

    The first "smart wheel".
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