A Typical Native Home Near Old Panama, Canal Zone


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A Typical Native Home Near Old Panama, Canal Zone
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
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Subjects / Keywords:
Huts   ( fast )
Housing   ( fast )
Trees   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America


Two men pose outside a typical Native hut in the interior of the Panama isthmus.
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: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/ft1q2n999m/ Source 2: http://www.yellowstonestereoviews.com/publishers/keystone.html
Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

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University of Florida
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Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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accession number - 2013.2.93
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21748-A Typical Native Home Near Old Panama, Canal Zone.

The cottage here exhibited is a typical one
of the natives who live in the Panama Canal
Zone. This one is located near the ruins of
the old town of Panama, which is located on
the border line between the Canal Zone and
the Republic of Panama. In fact, these ruins
are some three or four miles to the north-
east of Panama City, which, by the way,
is not included in the limits of the Canal
Zone, but retained as an integral part of the
Panamanian Republic.
From this typical home of the peasant,
one can rightfully infer that there is no en-
terprise or successful agricultural operations

among the natives. In truth, very little is
grown in Panama near the canal that may
be considered profitable to the investor. Of
course in the fertile valleys one occasionally
finds much luxuriance in the wild vegeta-
tion, and, doubtless, bananas and similar
tropical products could be raised success-
fully if properly grown and cared for.
The roof of this house is inexpensively
constructed from the native grass. The in-
fant, more somber in line than the gentleman
in the picture, has the typical native com-

Copyright 1913, by The Keystone View Company.

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