The American Weigh - The Christopher K. Steele Collection
Christopher Steele with his Collection

For a half century, Americans relied on penny scales to watch their weight. At their peak, over 1 billion pennies were dropped into these colorful machines annually. This site celebrates America's first vending service, the penny scale.

Help Save this National Treasure 

Turnkey Opportunity … Save a National Treasure… Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

Christopher is looking for a benefactor to help  gift this national treasure to the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.   There it will be enlisted to help fight childhood obesity.


Interested parties please contact Christopher at


See what Strong and others say about the collection here.


Hollywood Embraced the Penny Scale. Click here to see five of Christopher's favorite examples.


A colorful book on the history of the American Penny Scale is in the works and due out in 2020. Please check back for details.


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