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The Handy Star Finder Volvelle Chart

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The Handy Star Finder Volvelle Chart
A Fairhaven man invented the first Volvelle "Star Finder Chart". Commander S E Stubbs, US Navy takes credit for designing this clever star finder chart complete with circular dial and astronomy info on the reverse. This perhaps was the first of it's kind - a cardboard version of today's portable laptop - from the early 1940's. Volvelle's were extremely popular covering a wide variety of subject matter from recipes, math calculators, trivia and more. One of the most extensive Volvelle collections in the world is at The Yale University Library in CT. Mr Stubbs grew up with his brother at 35 Bridge St and went to FHS. He was killed in a Kamakazi attack on his ship in the Pacific in WW II. This chart was given to me by his 90yr old dad, Leonard Stubbs (late) in 1972. Mr Stubbs kept his late son's car - a 1940 Buick convertible in the garage on Bridge St for almost 35 yrs - before it was finally towed away in 1974 when he passed away at 92.
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