Abandoned French Machinery on Bank of Panama Canal Near Cristobal


Material Information

Abandoned French Machinery on Bank of Panama Canal Near Cristobal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
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Subjects / Keywords:
Machinery   ( fast )
Panama--Panama Canal   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


Some machinery abandoned by the French and a single man on the bank of the Panama Canal.
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: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/ft1q2n999m/ Source 2: http://www.yellowstonestereoviews.com/publishers/keystone.html
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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accession number - 2013.2.176
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2 7 20854---Abandoned French Machinery on Banks af Panama Canal, near Cristobal.
Vasco Nunez Balboa discovered the Charles the Fifth in 1520, ordered a
Pacific Ocean on the morning of Septem- survey, but there is no record of its hav-
ber 25. 1513. Columbus had sailed along ing been made. Fourteen years after-
the coast from Honduras to Darien, seek- wards it was made, but the report of
ing a strait through the land that prevented Governor Andagoya was so discouraging
his farther progress to the West. He died that the project was abandoned.
without knowing the extent of the con- The advantages of a trans-isthmian
tinent he had discovered. Balboa had water way became more evident as the
learned fron the Indians of Darien that a years passed. The French Panama Canal
great sea was beyond the hills. Eager Company was organized in 1879. Ferdi-
for conquest and discovery he lost no nand de Lesseps, who had completed the
time in trying to find it, With a small Suez Canal, became the President of the
force of Spaniards and Indian guides he company. Surveys were made and the
succeeded. He formally took possession actual work was begun, in 1883. The
of the Pacific Ocean in the name of the very best of machinery that could be had
King of Spain. Afterwards he explored for the completion of this great work was
the coast north and south. Old Panama, bought and brought to the Isthmus.
which was created a city in 1521, was the Today these machines are to be found
the end of the line of posts maintained all along the Canal Route from Colon to
between the oceans. La Boca. Because of rust, decay, and
The value of an all water passage across parts missing they are absolutely worth-
the Isthmus was early understood, less.
Copyright po07, by Keystone View Compasny,