This photograph shows a seated man holding a surveyor's compass. The distinctive shape of the arms suggest that the compass was made by Levi Colton, a mathematical instrument maker who worked in New York around 1850, and in Hartford, Connecticut, in the mid-1850s.
The inscription on the back of the card reads: “W. C. TUTTLE / Photographist. / Union, Maine.” It refers to William C. Tuttle (1835-1901), a photographer who worked in several towns in Maine.
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Object Name
Carte de Visite, Man with surveyor's compass
Date made
about 1860-1864
about 1858-1864
Tuttle, W. C.
Place Made
Union, Maine
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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