Levi Strauss Daguerreotype

© Albert Kaplan 2011


Focusing on the ear in the third known image of Levi Strauss, one will see a pronounced Antihelix, which is further emphasized by a deep Fossa Triangularis.

Regrettably, the lighting and focus of the daguerreotype is poor; consequently, his eyebrows are faint, and the Pinna lacks contrast. Nevertheless, one can see, on the prints, a faint outline of a prominent Antihelix. It is more evident on the plate.

If the Levi Strauss Company or relatives of Levi Strauss, or any interested forensic scientist may wish to examine the daguerreotype, I will be pleased to take them to my bank, and to the vault in which it is kept.

We do not see an Irishman or a Mexican, or an Indian chief. We see a richly attired, plump, German Jewish merchant.

It seems to me that this is one of those rare instances, during the course of trying to identify illustrious 19th Century personalities from sparse points of reference, whereby the analyst considers the query, “If this is not Levi Strauss, who else could it be?”


Kaplan Collection Known Images

Levi Strauss’s Ear

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