View From Cofferdam Showing Lower, Middle and Upper Locks at Gatun, Panama Canal


Material Information

View From Cofferdam Showing Lower, Middle and Upper Locks at Gatun, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Dams--Design and construction   ( fast )
Railroads   ( fast )
Locks (Hydraulic engineering)   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


A single man overlooks the incomplete construction of the Cofferdam at Gatun, Panama Canal.
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:
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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Public Domain Presumed (e.g. expiry of copyright term): This item is presumed to be in the public domain. The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries respect the intellectual property rights of others and do not claim any copyright interest in this item. Users of this work have responsibility for determining copyright status prior to reusing, publishing or reproducing this item for purposes other than what is allowed by fair use or other copyright exemptions. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.
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accession number - 2013.2.121
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21714-View from Cofferdam Showing Lower, Middle and Upper Locks,
at Gatun, Panama Canal.

At Gatun, which is 3 miles from the tide- rate the electricity by means of water tur-
water of Limon Bay and over 7 miles from bines that will be used in towing all boats
the deep water of the Caribbean Sea, there into and through the locks. Electricity will
are three double locks to offset the one at be used likewise in the operation of the gates
and the valves to the culverts. The towing
Pedro Miguel and the two at Miraflores at locomotives run
will be done by electric locomotives running
the Pacific Ocean terminus of tnhe canal. n coga h will paced on top o
on cog., ,,'ch, will be placed oil top 0
this picture the spectator is standing on the the locks. Moreover no vessel will be al-
Atlantic side and is looking into the three lowed to go through the locks with its own
locks, which are immediately contiguous. motive power. It will be possible to oper-
Each of these three locks gives a lift of a te two of these locomotives at the same
little more than 28 feet, or 85 feet altogether, time for each double lock, one running on
The head created by Gatun Lake will gen-' the side and the other on the middle wall.
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