Razmara Compass


Accession Number: 1999.69

Description: The Razmara compass was invented for use by people who are blind. The bottom of the compass is made of plastic and is light blue in color. The upper part is made of metal. The north end of the compass needle has projecting ridges; the south end of the needle is smooth. The compass has a graduated dial. "Razmara Compass" is printed on the face of the compass. The compass is stored in a cardboard box. Printed on the box is "Razmara Compass Contact Model II (for blind)." Printed on the inside of the box lid is "Invented by Brig. -general Hossein - Ali Razmara Amir Abad Ave., Tehran, Iran." A sheet of instructions is included. An illustration of the compass is on the sheet; it varies somewhat from the actual compass. The sheet also has "Contact Model I" printed on it.

Date Made: ca. 1952

Maker: Razmara, Hossein Ali.

Place of Origin: Iran.

Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 1999.69.

Subjects: Assistive technology Compasses Blind. Orientation and mobility

Dimension Notes: 2 1/4 in. diameter.; 1 x 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 in. box .

Material: Brass, plastic, cardboard

Exhibit Label: Compass

Updated: 04/28/2014