Tools of the Trade
Wernher von Braun
These are the traditional tools of the trade for engineers and designers.
Prior to the advent of calculators and computers, calculations were performed
on a slide
rule, and schematics were hand drawn using pencils, compasses, and other
tools like these. This set belonging to Dr. Wernher von Braun is a pre-World
War II set made in Germany. Like von Braun and his team of engineers, these
tools came to the United States after war's end and became part of the American
Dr. von Braun worked for the United States Army from 1945 to 1960. In 1960,
von Braun became the director of the George
C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In his role at
Marshall, von Braun oversaw the development and creation of the rockets that
put the first Americans in space and eventually took them to the Moon.