Complete Sugar-Making Plant Commonly Used in the Isthmus of Panama


Material Information

Complete Sugar-Making Plant Commonly Used in the Isthmus of Panama
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Publication Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Panama--Chagres River   ( fast )
Forests and Forestry   ( fast )
Sugar--Manufacture and refining   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


A man standing next to a small sugar-making plant, including a small hut and mill.
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 - 2013.2.182
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10,47 As we have already noticed in this journey
. through Central America, the native popula-
/10tion in most of these countries is neither en-
terprising nor progressive. Panama is no ex-
ception to this general rule, although the con-
tact of the business people of the United
States with its inhabitants in the Canal Zone,
has led to some improvement in the people of
that district.
Although Panama is naturally very fertile,
and should be one of the great sugar produc-
ing countries of the world, native production
is hampered by poor methods of cultivating
the sugar cane, and by poor machinery for
pressing out the juice. Only the crudest
methods are used for handling the molasses
and sugar, and all of the refined sugar used
S in Panama must be imported from other

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Lat. 9 N.; Long. 800 W.

countries A glance at some of the sugar ma-
chinery used by the Panama natives will suf-
fice to tell the story.
In crushing the cane the mill is turned by
two mules or oxen hitched to the poles fasten-
ed to the upright shaft shown in our view.
As the cane is crushed the juice is caught in
a barrel, from which it is carried to the kettles
under the shed, usually in large calabash
gourds. When the kettles have been filled
with juice, fires are kindled under them, the
crushed cane stalks from which the juice has
been extracted being used for fuel. After the
juice has been boiled down a crude brown sug-
ar is produced, which is exported to other
countries for further refining.

Copyright by The Keystone Viez Company


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