At Work in Culebra Cut, Near Empire, Panama Canal Zone


Material Information

At Work in Culebra Cut, Near Empire, Panama Canal Zone
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


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


A view of laborers and their machinery at work within Culebra Cut in 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

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florid
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accession number - 2013.2.192
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4 At Work Culera Cut near Empire, Panama Canal Zone
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Few people realize the immense
amount of work that is being done in the
making of the canal. Work is not being
done in a few places at the same time
but in many places. Not only this, but
various kinds of work are being done at
the same time in a certain section. In
the section shown in the picture, one
will see in the distance the smoke as-
cending from the explosion of dynamite,
used in heavy charges to break up the
"spoil" so that it can be handled by the
steam shovels. The smoke from explod-
ed dynamite is white, while that from
powder is black. The drills whose mo-

tive power is compressed air tarnished
in pipes from central power plants, are
busy making the holes for charges of
In the immediate foreground is the
steam shovel biting into loosened "spoil"
and emptying each time it is filled from
one to two cubic yards into the waiting
cars. On the various tracks are the
empty and full cars going and coming at
the same time. In October, 1909, the
first half of the computed excavation of
the famous Culebra cut was completed.
As the cut is widened and deepened the
railroad tracks are moved.

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