The Quaint Balcony-Hung Avenue B of Panama - Panama Canal Zone


Material Information

The Quaint Balcony-Hung Avenue B of Panama - Panama Canal Zone
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
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Subjects / Keywords:
Carriages and carts   ( fast )
Streets   ( fast )
Buildings   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama City -- Panama Canal Zone


Two men posing for a photo within Avenue B of Panama City.
Scope and Content:
B. L. Singley founded The Keystone View Company in 1892 in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The company quickly became the world's largest view company, having at least 250,000 negatives (of which some 50,000 were available as numbered views) by the 1930s. These images were meant to bring international experiences into the palm of the average person's hand, to be revisted in private or during social gatherings. It has been said that the ability of the stereograph to bring vicarious experiences to faraway people makes this medium parallel to the internet or television today. The Keystone View Company also focused on the educational value of their products, employing teams of people to write explanatory texts that were printed on the backs of the stereograph cards. This text, along with the imagery, presents the dominant vision of American ideals and interests during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Source 1: Source 2: Source:
Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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accession number - 2013.2.90
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20879-The Quaint Balcony-hung Avenue B of Panama.

Atter passing through the Canal Zone the narrow streets furnishing a welcome
with its rush of work never ceasing by shade from the tropic sun. These balconies
night or day, after looking at the steam are an important part of every Spanish-
shovels and drills and listening to the roar American house. They are built with no
of machinery and of blasting, it seems al- uniformity or regularity, but the result is
most like stepping out of the present into wonderfully picturesque and ancient looking.
a bygone century to enter Panama and walk The rude cart, the narrow sidewalks and the
-long some street of the older part such as appearance of quiet all add to this effect.
the one shown in this picture. The extremely modern looking fire plug
Panama is more than four hundred years in the foreground forcibly tells us that Pa-
old. For long it was very magnificent, en- nama is no longer the home of buccaneers.
riched by the spoils wrested from the Incas It is a rapidly growing modern city whose
by Spanish adventurers. It is essentially population already exceeds 30,000. It is the
Spanish in history and architecture. Many center of a great trade which is destined to
of its buildings are made of stucco painted be far greater. Old as Panama is, her his-
in bright colors with balconies overhanging tory lies in the future.
Capytpiaht 1910, by Kvysme VVw OonM pmy.

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