American Steam Shovel in Position to Take a Bite, Culebra Cut, Panama Canal


Material Information

American Steam Shovel in Position to Take a Bite, Culebra Cut, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


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


An American steam shovel and a handful of laborers working on the excavation of 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
Research and additional metadata (metadata is the citation information, including the alternate title, abstract, subject terms, abstract, added notes, and other item information) written and contributed in May 2014 by Berta Gonzalez for course: “Panama Silver, Asian Gold: Migration, Money, and the Making of the Modern Caribbean” (Spring 2014, taught by Leah Rosenberg at the University of Florida).

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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accession number - 2013.2.163
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This machine is one of the giants that shovel, and the rock rolled into the car.
have come into existence during the last Then he opened the bottom and the dirt
ten years. It is the result of American in the shovel dropped out. Under favor-
thought, push, and enterprise. Stand near a~ e conditions four shoveli-ls can be
one and see the work that it does. Its limited and dumped into a car in one
every motion is directed by the intel- minute. One steam shovel can very
ligence of the man just below the large easily load 1,000 cubic yards of dirt in
wheels on the upright iron beam. When eight hours.
this beam turns he moves with it. From The engine that supplies the steam,
here he directs every movement of the with all the working parts, are on car
huge shovel. The shovel is like a large trucks. As one piece it is moved from one
box. It holds one cubic yard of dirt. place to another on the railroad track.
It is lowered to the edge of the dirt pile The machines are made in the United
and then with an upward movement States. The .. ces are shipped to Colon
scoops itself full. Often have I seen the by water. There they are put on cars
operator, after the shovel was full, place and sent to ErKpre. Here, within a
it uncer a piece of reck as large as a barrel. mile of the Culebra cut, are the machine
With the greatest ease it moved with shops. The machinists put them together,
this heavy weight here or there as the After being tested they are ready toj
operator wished. As it swung over the work.
fiat car, he lowered the front part of the
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