What is this photo of?
August 8, 2011 7:17 PM   Subscribe

Calling all Detectives: Help me identify what's in this photograph

Hi Everyone - long time lurker, first-ish time poster. I'll be better I promise.


My wife's boss just sent around the above photo with a challenge to guess what the photo is of. I have a strong desire to win, even though I'm not involved.

I've put on my best detective hat, but any help would be much appreciated.

Here's what I know:

The company that made the thing is 'Rodney Hunt' (sort of legible on one of the spokes). They make water control devices.

The photo was taken here based on EXIF location data: Google Maps (Bedford NH)

I have searched up down left and right on Google, Google images, bing images, etc. I've tried uploading the picture to Google images and comparing it to no avail. I've edited the photo in Photoshop to no avail.

Guesses on the rest of the text:
Fort Hu__ (Huey? Hull?)

1936 as a year?

It looks a bit like the wheels that move cable cars in San Francisco, but Rodney Hull doesn't seem to be in the business?

Thanks very much for any help you can offer
posted by coward to Grab Bag (7 answers total)
That's Dean Kamen's house. Here's a picture of him standing on it.

It's part of a steam boat engine.

Glad I could help you cheat!
posted by bondcliff at 7:22 PM on August 8, 2011 [4 favorites]

I would venture that it's in a museum, working industrial spaces aren't that clean, nor do they have lamps or railings as nice the ones in that photo.

Are they mining-related? Were there mines near Bedford?
posted by dolface at 7:23 PM on August 8, 2011

damn it. came into say that's dean kamen's place.
posted by beccaj at 7:24 PM on August 8, 2011

Ha, my hero - thank so much guys.

I won't let on how long I searched....
posted by coward at 7:24 PM on August 8, 2011

(also, I guess as a celebrity it's probably common knowledge where is home is located but the mods might want to remove that link)
posted by bondcliff at 7:24 PM on August 8, 2011

When I saw the picture I thought of the restored textile mills in Lowell, not too far from where the exif data says it was taken.
posted by TedW at 7:27 PM on August 8, 2011

But I see I was wrong.
posted by TedW at 7:28 PM on August 8, 2011

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