Pelouze Family ScaleThere’s something about this scale that drew us in; something that made us want to know more about it.

Maybe it’s the bright blue color, or the encircled numbers on the face. Or maybe it’s that name: Pelouze Family Scale.

Yes, it was that name that got us started. We searched “Pelouze” online and found that this piece was made in Chicago by the Pelouze Scale and Manufacturing Company, which was founded in 1894.

MICHIGAN TIES

The man who started that company - William Pelouze - had a Michigan connection: he and his brothers attended the Michigan Military Academy in Oakland County. After moving to Chicago, though, Pelouze became one of the town’s movers and shakers, growing his business, starting new ventures, championing civic causes, and contributing to the city’s plan for the 20th century.

Read and see more in this interesting article on the Made in Chicago Museum website.