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The Resource [Photograph album views of the construction of the Panama Canal and surrounding areas]

[Photograph album views of the construction of the Panama Canal and surrounding areas]

Label
[Photograph album views of the construction of the Panama Canal and surrounding areas]
Title
[Photograph album views of the construction of the Panama Canal and surrounding areas]
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Photograph album containing 28 original silver gelatin photographs of the Panama Canal construction, dated 1907-1918.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
After the failure of the French venture to build a canal led by Ferdinand de Lesseps, due to inadequate funding and engineering difficulties, the United States bought out the canal construction rights in 1904. The album includes an image of the modern concrete wagon bridge over the Mandingo River needed to transport heavy equipment, dated June 1911; and contrasting views of the Culebra (Gaillard) Cut: the early stages of construction from Sept. 1913, and a completed view, dated March 1914. Also included are aerial photographs of the Gaillard Cut taken from the floating crane "Hercules," showing a close-up view of a dipper dredge at work near Gold Hill; and a view from July 1917 of dredges in the Cut; and various views of the Gatun Locks and Miraflores Locks from 1913, 1915, and 1916. The photos provide especially good views of the heavy machinery used to dig the canal: a massive steam shovel, and various types of dredgers, including a dipper dredge and a crane barge; a night view of Foundry Building #12 at the Balboa Terminals suggests that work continued around the clock. The photographer has also captured views of the buildings in the Canal Zone: Hotel Washington; Hotel Tivoli; Ancon Hospital; the living quarters for canal employees and families at La Boca; and the Administration Building in Balboa Heights. There are also photos of the wooden cabins with thatched roofs and dirt streets of nearby villages of Chagres and Cruces; ruins of Old Panama, including a tower showing remnants of a spiral stairway; the shell of a cathedral overgrown with underbrush and vines; and a large tree growing through an old abandoned French dump car at San Pablo. A shot of Gatun Lake from Dec. 1912 and the dying jungle around it is evidence of the impact that the canal construction had on the native environment. Engineers built a dam in the Chagres River which flooded the surrounding area to create Gatun Lake, now the main part of the canal
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album views of the construction of the Panama Canal and surrounding areas]
Instantiates
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Photographs (21 x 26 cm) are arranged chronologically, and are housed individually in plastic sleeves bound within album covers; all with text and negative number in lower fore-edge below image
  • Bound in new dark blue cloth boards; gold-stamped cover title "Panama Canal 1907-1918."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
  • For additional views, consult other albums in Library Special Collections documenting the construction of the Panama Canal: Hallen, Ernest. Photograph album documenting construction of the Panama Canal (call number 094/ 389); and Photographs of the construction of the Panama Canal (call number 094/ 341)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 x 30 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (28 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchased at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland, California from Kol Shaver, Zephyr Used & Rare Books, 2017.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)983209196
  • ucoclc983209196
Label
[Photograph album views of the construction of the Panama Canal and surrounding areas]
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Photographs (21 x 26 cm) are arranged chronologically, and are housed individually in plastic sleeves bound within album covers; all with text and negative number in lower fore-edge below image
  • Bound in new dark blue cloth boards; gold-stamped cover title "Panama Canal 1907-1918."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
  • For additional views, consult other albums in Library Special Collections documenting the construction of the Panama Canal: Hallen, Ernest. Photograph album documenting construction of the Panama Canal (call number 094/ 389); and Photographs of the construction of the Panama Canal (call number 094/ 341)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 x 30 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (28 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchased at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland, California from Kol Shaver, Zephyr Used & Rare Books, 2017.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)983209196
  • ucoclc983209196

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