Sunday, February 13, 2011

Vintage Black and White Hanson Scale

I ventured out to a suburb of Vancouver to check out some new thrift stores on a late Sunday afternoon. It was slim pickings at this one Salvation Army store but my rummaging paid off when I came upon another vintage Hanson scale.

Unlike the cheerful and bright Red Hanson Scale I found last year, this one has crisp black lettering on a white background. I noticed some remnants of packing tape so I scoured the shelves and finally found the tray that sits on top of the scale. It acts as a measuring cup of sorts since it has the measurement hash marks on it. As with the red scale, this one also indicates that it was made in the Republic of Ireland.

There is a paper sticker on the bottom of the scale that reads 09.L.86 so I think this dates the piece at about 25 years old! I really struggled with the $3 cost (I know, sorry) but finally decided it would be nice to have another Hanson scale. The great thing is, when I went up to the till, the clerk took 50% off the price! Apparently "miscellaneous" items were on sale that day...

Which scale do you think is nicer, the clean Black and White? Or the colourful Red?

Linking to ATG's Thrift Share Monday!


  1. Think I prefer the black and white one, love the sharp text, well done finding the tray!

  2. I love them both! The red has such a nice pop, but the styling of the black, with the circular face and the curve of the scale shelf- so cool! And amazing that you were able to find the tray! Great score!

  3. Ooh it's a tricky one, I'm drawn to the red, but I like the idea of integrated measuring cup in the black and white. Great bargain anyway!

  4. Oooh, I love both of them, but I think I prefer the red one. I'd definitely have jumped on the black one, too, though.

  5. I can't decide they are both too cool.

  6. Oh, nice scale! I have to admit I really love the red. Honestly though, they're both pretty cool. Looks like the black one's in amazing shape for its age. Wow!

  7. Hmm, looks like it's pretty split down the middle! At first I thought the red one was better, but now I am really appreciating the black and white's simplicity.

    Like beetree said, the curve mimicking the face of the scale is really nice. Also, you can't tell from the photos, but it has a lean profile compared to the square red one and takes up less counter space.

  8. What a beauty, I love the black and white scale. And high five for finding the container.

    I have a vintage American scale and can't bring myself to get rid of it, even though I never weigh anything.


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