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Mid-Century Borg Bathroom Scale  "Fun Piece for the Retro Bath"

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Margeret Thorndike was blessed with "ample girth" as she liked to put it. She did enjoy eating and so when her doctor told her she might think about dropping a few pounds, she didn't take it well. But when her husband Tim (who was not the lightest tool in shed himself) agreed with the doctor's suggestion, Margeret got a bee in her bonnet and began a strict diet of Brussel sprouts, watermelon and peanut butter in a quest to drop two pounds a day.

Back in 1959 there weren't a whole lot of low-cal diet foods so the "Thorndike Diet" would have to work. After one day on the diet, Margeret weighed herself and found she had not lost any weight. "The scale must be bad" she thought to herself. So she went down to the drug store and bought a new one.

Day two, she weighed herself and again, she had lost no weight. In fact she had gained a pound according to the "faulty scale" which she promptly replaced with a different model. This scenario repeated itself for a total of ten days until finally on the tenth day (and on the tenth scale), Margeret registered a loss of four pounds. She let out a victory shriek which prompted husband Tim to peek around the bathroom door to see what all the excitement was.

"Are you alright honey?" He asked.

"Ohhh yes in deed Mr. Thorndike, I'll have you know that I've lost four pounds." She smugly replied.

"Um, so you're saying your crazy 'Thorndike' diet actually works then?" Tim said with a cynical tone.

"Well on a scale of one to ten, I'd say it is definitely a TEN." Margeret said with a smile.

For sale is a nice oval shaped Borg bathroom scale, made in the U.S.A. The scale is 14.5" x 11 x 2" high. It all metal construction, painted white with a white vinyl pad. The scale measures from 0 to 300 lbs with a 3.5" diameter face with nice Borg graphics covered with a curved plexiglass bubble and a brass-tone rim. There is a scale adjustment dial on the side. We think this scale dates back to the late 1950's to early 1960's.

This scale is in good vintage condition. The metal painted finish is still shiny and only has a few chips along the outside rim/edges but no rust. The vinyl foot pad has some small light stains but no tears and is in overall good condition considering its age. The plexiglass window has some light scratches but no cracks or breaks. The scale appears to be fairly accurate (drates!) but we did not calibrate it. It does have a adjustment dial.

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Mid-Century Borg Bathroom Scale "Fun Piece for the Retro Bath"


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: metal, plastic
  • Only ships within United States.
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