Edouard-Gaston Deville

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Edouard-Gaston Deville was born in La Charite, France back in 1849. He attended the naval school, served in the French navy, conducting hydrographic surveys in the South Sea Islands and Peru. He moved to Canada in 1874. He started working as a surveyor and astronomer in Quebec, Canada in 1875 advancing to earning the rare designation of Dominion Topographic Surveyor by 1880.

He was the Surveyor General of Canada from 1885 until his death in 1924. Under his direction roughly some 52,000 square miles of Canada were surveyed. What you may not know about Edouard is that he was the first person to perfect a practical method of photogrammetry or the making of maps based on photography. He also is credited for designing a rugged, lightweight camera. With the arrival of fixed-wing aircraft they would use his camera to create aerial photographs for surveying flat and remote parts of the country as well as those with high elevations. I suspect some of his cameras are still in use to this day.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray those initial creations and developments are certainly beneficial to all real estate agents today....

Sep 15, 2019 03:41 AM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That takes me back to the days before Google Earth where I would hire aerial photography

Sep 15, 2019 04:20 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

He would be amazed by the drone technology we have today.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 15, 2019 04:48 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a great read and one impressive guy.

Sep 15, 2019 05:09 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Good morning, you can say he was flying high with his invention.

Sep 15, 2019 05:20 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Being personally "allergic" to cameras, James, some of what this man invented is greek to me... but no doubt his inventions moved the field of photography forward and today likely impacts what we do as Realtors when it comes to photography.

Sep 15, 2019 05:41 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - giant steps and huge leaps forward as his thinking was initially practiced and then perfected.  

Sep 15, 2019 05:56 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Interesting, he cover lots of ground in his life time.   I just got back from a week in Yellowstone.  12 grizzlies, 15 wolves 8 moose and 7 black beak,  not bad in 6 days!


Sep 15, 2019 07:21 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So, he certainly might have had some influence on the google maps that we all rely so heavily on these days.

Sep 15, 2019 07:33 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another fine inventor you shared with us.  I love great photography and I thank all those who contributed this art to all of us.  A

Sep 15, 2019 09:04 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

Another person I would never have known about without your feature. 

Sep 15, 2019 11:10 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Many have no doubt benefitted from his invention since that time.


Sep 15, 2019 12:04 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- think about how far we've come now with drones, etc. 

Sep 15, 2019 01:17 PM #13
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good afternoon James. Edouard was a very creative thinker. Enjoy your day!

Sep 15, 2019 02:32 PM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James Dray - I am sure this has progressed to a point that it is now being done by drones.

Sep 15, 2019 03:40 PM #15
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening James Dray ,

Another tidbit of history that I didn't know! Edouard was skilled and very innovative to come up with his inventions that help us today!

Sep 15, 2019 06:38 PM #16
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good Morning, James,

Because you have a short window to convey the accomplishments of the people you write about, it sometimes seems they did everything in five minutes instead of a lifetime. :-) I love your posts!

Sep 16, 2019 03:24 AM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Sep 16, 2019 06:49 AM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Another superstar Canadian aviator, James! Love this one too - especially as much as I enjoy photography!

Can you imagine the trials & tribulations Edouard Gaston Deville went through to accomplish this? So impressive!

Sep 17, 2019 08:21 PM #19
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