Antique scales carry lots of weight with serious collectors.
If you want to learn more about antique scales and join others who get carried "aweigh" with such collecting, you can become a member of the International Society of Antique Scale Collectors by writing Bob Stein, President, ISASC, 176 W. Adams St., Suite 1706, Chicago, Ill. 60603, or phoning him at (312) 263-7500. Annual membership is $40.
Membership includes a subscription to the society's 28-page quarterly Equilibrium magazine, which covers the origin, history and social and economic influence of various types of scale, along with profiles of scale manufacturing companies, illustrated scale-related articles and a "Queries" column that serves as a members' forum and information exchange.
Member benefits include reprints of 19th and early 20th century scale catalogs and books, as well as other scale-related printed material, a quarterly president's newsletter and a membership certificate.
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