History report

Visitors to the Watertown Daily Times library archives may have wondered about the strange, clock-like object in the corner of the room.

The Taylor made machine was used by the Times to record temperatures throughout the day. A line drawn on the rotating circular graph paper tracked the rising and falling degrees outside the building. The machine was used to record the temperature until the company, which dates back to 1851, stopped selling the unique graph paper for the temperature reader.

Today, the Times gets the city’s high and low temperature readings from the Watertown Filtration Plant.

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