American Steam Shovel, Delivering Its Load to the Car. Culebra, Panama Canal


Material Information

American Steam Shovel, Delivering Its Load to the Car. Culebra, 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 )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


Around a dozen laborers watching a steam shovel deliver its load into a railroad car.
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 Florid
Rights Management:
Public Domain Presumed (e.g. expiry of copyright term): This item is presumed to be in the public domain. The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries respect the intellectual property rights of others and do not claim any copyright interest in this item. Users of this work have responsibility for determining copyright status prior to reusing, publishing or reproducing this item for purposes other than what is allowed by fair use or other copyright exemptions. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.
Resource Identifier:
accession number - 2013.2.194
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Canal? A steam shovel can put a certain the steam si ov
number of shovelfuls of dirt into a car which the mat.
every minute. Every shovelful is a cub c the dumps. Tn^
yard. Knowing the number of cubic yards continuous ra'r
of dirt to be moved, the time it will take year cause aeiC
can be ascertained. The dirt must b.e three miles o
hauled away. Can it be disposed of by required for ea
the cars as fast as the steam shovels can That will rnak
give it to them? The answer to the trackage for 10
question asked depends a much on engine s cars,
transportation as on excavation, dispose of the
The point of greatest difficulty in shovels will ex
transportation and excavation is t h e It is thought
Culebra Cut. For three-fourths of a mile that the work
the depth of this cut is between 373 and ten years. Th
288 feet. To complete the work as soon ised in this wc
as possible this must be the point of that can be sec
attack. All the material must be cars holds frorr
transported to the "spoil banks" or those used by t
dumps. It is evident that the length of are also much
time it will take to dig the canal depends than theirs.
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the extreme efficiency of
el as on the rapidity with
erial can be transported to
e shifting of tracks and the
is for seven months of the
ays. It is probable that
f standard track will be
ch steam shovel employed.
e three hundred miles of
0 shovels: A great number
and men will be needed tA
material as fast the stearn
:c vate it.
by Canal Commission
can be completed in about
ie engines and cars now
:rk are the largest and best
:ured. Each one of these
i 6 to 8 times as much as
:he French. The engines
larger and more powerful



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