- Ernst Alfred Bostrom (1855-1923) was a Swedish immigrant who worked as a machinist for the telephone company in Atlanta, Georgia. After enrolling with the International Correspondence School, he advanced to foreman and then to superintendent. He formed the Bostrom-Brady Manufacturing Co. in 1901 and began manufacturing a simple and inexpensive farm level of his own design. The Bostrom Convertible Level followed some years later, and could be used as either a transit or a level. Alfred Droke used this example while working with the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. The inscription reads "MFD. BY BOSTROM-BRADY MFG. CO. ATLANTA, GA." That on the box reads "BOSTROM SURVEYING INSTRUMENTS MODEL NO. 5 SERIAL NO. 47 BOSTROM-BRADY MFG. CO. ATLANTA, GA. U.S.A."
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- date made
- ca 1935
- Bostrom-Brady Mfg. Co.
- place made
- United States: Georgia, Atlanta
- Physical Description
- brass (overall material)
- overall: 16 cm; 6 5/16 in
- telescope: 26 cm; 10 1/4 in
- graduated circle: 4 in; 10.16 cm
- box: 30 cm x 15 cm x 18 cm; 11 13/16 in x 5 29/32 in x 7 3/32 in
- overall in case: 7 5/8 in x 12 in x 6 1/16 in; 19.3675 cm x 30.48 cm x 15.39875 cm
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- accession number
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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