Gatun Lake and South End of Gatun Locks, Panama Canal


Material Information

Gatun Lake and South End of Gatun Locks, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Locks (Hydraulic engineering)   ( fast )
Lakes   ( fast )
Engineering   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


A view of the nearly completed Gatun Locks with Gatun Lake in the background.
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 - 2013.2.156
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21 720-Gatun Lake and South End of Gatun Locks, Panama-Canal.
I bne. does not take a careful glance at I the west wall of the locks. This lighthouse
the map he is apt to think of the Panama is 90 feet high as is clearly shown if you
SCanal running more or less east and west, observe the workman in the right fore-
that i, cne would naturally expect to enter ground.
the canai on te Atlantic side and go in a In the foreground, also, may be seen the
we'sterly, -: c ion to the Pacific, coast, two pair of massive gates composing the
Almost f .opposite direction, however, is third double I ck, which gives immediate
Srea:ly ;at'is taken, for the canal channel access to the Gatun Lake proper. In the
runs direct south for a few miles fror- C 1 i distance to the left just beyond the lock
and then in a general southeasterly course i -tes rray be noticed an emergency dam
to the Panama end, (explained fuLy in views 21726, 21727
In this view, therefore, w c an reali::e at 21728, 2 7.u'; the corresponding dam on
once tha' we haveour backs to the Atlantic the other v'de is iS', partially visible. The
and are facing. the impound water f Gatun I a:e, v.,iich spreads out beyond the
Gatun k-ke at the.south end of the Gatun i loc>. i1l cover an area of some 164 square
locks. The-operator- of the camera miles; the channel in the lake at this point
this. pan rama.~o1 an excellent vantage will be .0o fet.t wide a:nd this width will
point in- tp.of-a aht ,.e ,c, t cae iai' eo -i j5 miles,
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