Photo of the Week
June 17, 2012

This week, another great photo from  Ron Armstrong.  Here is a unique photo that I have never come across.  It is undated, but the caption reads, "Loading carts with crushed stone, Ancon Quarry".  What a great photo of the time showing workers loading an old wood horse drawn wagon with fresh crushed stone from the quarry's rock crusher.  Must have been a small job somewhere to transport the gravel in this manner.  

Again, I would like to urge people to pledge support for Ron's book.  I am leaving the same write-up that I had last week below:

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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