Bas Obispo Cut, Showing Battery of Rock Drills at Work, Panama Canal Route


Material Information

Bas Obispo Cut, Showing Battery of Rock Drills at Work, Panama Canal Route
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Publication Date:
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Subjects / Keywords:
Drilling and boring machinery   ( fast )
Labor   ( fast )
Excavation   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


Nine West Indian laborers working with rock drills in the Bas Obispo Cut.
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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Resource Identifier:
accession number - 2013.2.134
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20887-Bas Obispo Cut, Showing Battery of Rock Drills at Work, Panama Canal Route

This view shows the Canal at the point
where the Culebra Cut practically begins.
The digging of this cut has been the most
taxing and labor-consuming feat of the
whole project. The cut itself is over eight
miles long and the canal is narrowed in
width from 500 feet, which width it has up
to 'Obispo, to 300 feet throughout the ex-
tent of the Culebra Cut. At Obispo there
is an abrupt elevation of 150 feet for the
major portion of a mile, and then, after a
sudden drop, the elevation is more gradual
until Culebra itself is passed.
We see here five or six drills in a row and
in great proximity to one another, which

are operated more or less in unison. Thus
a great amount of blasting can be done at
one time, and the resultant debris can oc-
cupy quite a large number of workmen in
removing it while the battery of drills re-
i.eats its boring or moves forward for simi-
lar simultaneous drilling.
The machinery is considerably improved
and also completed to what it was in our
forefathers' days, when one man was con-
tinually turning the drill with his hands
while his partner kept up a continual ham-
mering on the head of the drill. Two men,
however, are still required in the operation
of each drill.

Copyright 1913, by Keystone View Company,