This is an original 1913 black and white halftone print of a lithograph by Joseph Pennell of the construction cranes that were used to build the Miraflores Lock along the Panama Canal in South America.
The Panama Canal is a roughly 50 mile long ship canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Although the first canal route was proposed as early as 1534 by a Spanish colonial official, the first stage of construction was began by a French company from 1881 to 1888. After years of hard work the French company abandoned the project as a failure. However, the American government took over construction, and the final building stage of the Panama Canal took place between 1904 and 1913, (the year it was officially opened). Today, "bridge of the world" continues to be an important conduit for international maritime trade.
This 99+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout.
Dig into a portfolio of halftone prints of lithographs by artist Joseph Pennell that detailed the construction of the Panama Canal in this truly "constructive" collection that Period Paper is proud to present! Go to work in the "cuts" at Culebra, Bas Obispo, Las Cascadas, and Paraiso! Then catch a ride aboard the "dirt train" to witness the engineering wonders of the Gatun, Pedro Miguel, and Miraflores Lock systems. Blow off some steam with the crew of an industrial steam shovel or "crane" to get a better view atop towering metal crane machinery! To continue delving into this exciting collection that's sure to "put you in a rut" (in a good way, we promise!), simply click the link provided below the condition paragraph. Enjoy!
This piece was illustrated by Pennell, Joseph. Artist signature in print - bottom left of image.
Joseph Pennell (July 4, 1857 Ð April 23, 1926) Pennell was an American artist and author. He was born in Philadelphia where he studied until graduation and then went to Europe and made his home in London. He produced many books, but was well known for his etching and illustration talents. He taught at the Slade School of Art, but did work for America throughout his career; most notably a poster for the fourth Liberty Loans campaign where Lady Liberty and New York were in flames and under attack.
Keywords specific to this image: South America, Industrial, Machinery