View of employee William White examining a Weather-O-Meter at the Althouse Chemical Company Customer Service and Quality Control Laboratory in Reading, Pennsylvania. To the left of the Weather-O-Meter are two Atlas-brand Fade-O-Meters, which used carbon arc light to test the light-fastness of dyed fabric.
Based in Reading, Pennsylvania, the Althouse Chemical Company was founded in 1915 by C. Scott Althouse (1880-1970) as a small, family-owned firm specializing in fabric dyes of a superior quality and class. In 1954, the Crompton & Knowles Corporation of Worcester, Massachusetts acquired Althouse, which continued to operate as a division of Crompton & Knowles and a leader in the specialty dyes industry.
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“Weather-O-Meter and Fade-O-Meters at Althouse Customer Service Laboratory,” circa 1960. Photographs from the Records of the Althouse, Bates, and Crompton Chemical Companies, Box 1. Science History Institute. Philadelphia. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/8049g508k.
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