Photo of the Week
June 10, 2012

This week, another great photo from  Ron Armstrong.  This is a 1910 photo of the Empire train station with the daily activities taking place.  Having the original large format photo and being able to zoom in on people and things in the photos is fun.  It is interesting to see attire of the day and people's faces.  In the distance buildings have names on them advertising the business.  The building behind the line of power poles has painted on it's roof, American Hotel.  What a really great photo.

Everyone has been enjoying Ron's wonderful old photos for weeks now and I would like now to announce that Ron is publishing a book with 250 of his fantastic photos within .   The book is titled The Panama Canal - The Invisible Wonder of the World. Ron sent me an advanced laser printed copy of his book and I am privileged to be one of the first to review it.  Ron's concept is a great one as to how he has set up the flow from Atlantic to Pacific.

Excerpts from Ron's introduction: 

This book is a pictorial history of the construction of the Panama Canal and the tremendous amount of labor required below the current waterline.

This book is intended to give the viewer a hint of the massive project that today is almost completely invisible.

Comments brought home by a friend who said of a recent transit, "There wasn't much to see."  This book, hopefully, will help readers to overcome such expressions.  It is my desire that the traveler  will realize a bit of the effort expended to make a a smooth sailing between two continents.

Ron is soliciting for pledges to assist him in publishing this fine book.  Click on the image below and it will take you to a web site called Kickstarter.  You can review a slide show of images from Ron's book and see the levels of pledges.  I normally don't do this type of promotion of another's project, but I felt this well worth the promotion.

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