Tropical Vegetation in the Heart of the Panama Canal Zone


Material Information

Tropical Vegetation in the Heart of the Panama Canal Zone
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Forests and Forestry   ( fast )
Children   ( fast )
Palms   ( fast )
Trees   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


Three children posing within the dense tropical vegetation of the Panama Canal Zone.
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

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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Resource Identifier:
accession number - 2013.2.169
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Full Text

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"1 20860---Tropical Vegetation in the Heart of the Panama Canal Zone.
The variety and thickness of tropical found.
vegetation are wonderful A dozen dif- In the forests are always found flowers
ferent varieties of plants may be found in blossom. Some in the soil and some
growing on a space ten feet square. The hanging from the trees. Butterflies and
fact that a large tree may be occupying a humming birds, in all the colors of the
portion of the plot seems to make no dif- rainbow are constantly on the move.
ference. Each thrives as though it grew Parrots whistle and monkeys chatter in
alone. This shows the great fertility of the tree tops. Small lizards beautifully
the soil. colored and absolutely harmless, dart
When the forest is cut away and fruits, under t-h leaves and over tre ground.
vegetables or grain planted in the soil, There are very, very few poisonous in-
large returns are always realized. There sects or reptiles. The native workmen
is perpetual summer and an abundant for the most part go barefooted in the
rainfall. Everything planted grows con- forests as well as on the plantation.
stantly. There is no cessation of growth Delightful it is to walk through a path
day or night. like this. In addition to the varied plant
So dense is this tropical growth of and animal life there is the arched canopy
vegetation that you cannot make your of glossy green, the glittering spikes of
way through it without the assistance of golden sunshine, and glimpses of the blue
the machete. The path once cut and then eternal dome.
u.- nused for---throe months could not be
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