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Filed: Jan 26, 1897
Inventor: Otto Heckel
In 1897, Otto Heckel was issued a patent for a machine in which a "roll of wire-cloth or screening or other material may be placed, and by unwinding the same from this device it measures the length desired and calculates the number of square feet and gives the amount it will cost."
Image taken from U.S. Patent 580,862 - Digitized by Google