Culebra Cut Looking South Toward Empire, Panama Canal


Material Information

Culebra Cut Looking South Toward Empire, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Panama--Panama Canal   ( fast )
Labor   ( fast )
Railroads   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


Four laborers at work in Culebra 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 - 2013.2.137
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Full Text



21744-Culebra Cut Looking South Toward Empire, Panama Canal.

Empire is a fair-sized town situated on the
bluffs, overlooking the Culebra Cut, about
two miles from the town of Culebr where
is the deepest point of the Cut. The exca-
vation work here is about c miletc, and, in
fact, Colonel Goethals, chief engineer rf the
Canal Commission, dec'lar- that b-pts will
be going through the Cnal by October 15,
1913. View 20885 gives a bird's-eye view of
the town of Emnire.
In the immediate foreground are to be
seen some laborers with a tripod drill, used
in drilling holes in which is placed the dyna-

mite to be set off for the purpose of blasting
out the rocky material here prevalent. The
soil thus loosened is easily transferred by
steam shovels to the cars which in turn
transport it to the Gatun Dam and else-
whre, to be used in the construction of
embankments, etc. As many as 221 tripod
drills (in addition to 176 well drills) have
been in use in Culebra Cut at one time.
The Canal is crossed at Empire by a sus-
pension bridge, part of which is here visible.
From this bridge was taken view 21756.

Copyright, 1913, by The Keystone View Company.


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