Early dairymen depended on Meloney Automatic Registering Milk Scale for production data
Push the button: Cow no. 3 is milked and the pail, full of milk, hangs on the spring balance. The dial arm with knobs descends. Now the farmer pushes the knob of column 3, perforating the card, recording the result of that milking. The spring, wrapped around the knob, reverts to the neutral position as pressure on the knob is released.
The mounted scale hanging in its protective cabinet. Behind and above the scale are four sheet metal pockets for record cards. Two cards were inserted at each milking. In the middle is the spring balance, with a thumbscrew for tare weight adjustment with an empty bucket. On each side of the spring a card is inserted for the recording process.
The Meloney scale is painted in a terra cotta shade with a gold line. This decal and the one on the front of the cabinet are yellow with a green cloverleaf in the center, red ink for the company name and blue for the address. The scrolls are gold with green backgrounds.
Patent No. 587,100: Ottocar Lindemann’s controlling and registering scale, patented in the U.S. on July 27, 1897.
A trademark illustration from Lindemann’s Belgian patent application shows a stable with two rows of cattle. In the left corner, a farm hand makes records on a control chart; on the right a maid milks a cow. The inscription at top translates to “Cow-Controller.”
Original record card (dated June 19, 1903) with graduated chart and columns for 10 cows and weights from 4 to 40 pounds. The enlargement in the center shows six genuine prick marks.
The Meloney Double Deck. Meloney scales were produced into the 1920s.
From Bestov catalog No. 24 ca. 1914; courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library