Photo of the Week
May 28, 2017

I found a stack of 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch old black and white photos that I had purchased years ago and will be posting some of them in the next few weeks.  They appear  to be personal photos taken by someone visiting or living in Panama in the late 1930's - 1940's by look of the automobiles. I picked this one as a favorite for this week.  Many Zonians will remember this triangular shaped building that was off of 4th of July Ave across from the back gate to Quarry Hts.  These wedge shaped buildings became popular after the Flatiron Building was built in New York City in 1902.  Wedge shaped buildings are ideal to fill in a triangular parcel to maximize the parcel's usage.  I am not sure what this building's purpose was back then (office building, hotel, etc.), but the name for fame was the home to Tom Brady's Bar and Restaurant a famous watering hole for many zonians and military back in the day.  The street going into the city is Calle B which takes you all the way down to Central Ave.  You can see the old trolley tracks in the street.  These tracks used to go all the way into Balboa.  I am not sure if the guy in uniform is a Canal Zone Police or a Military keeping an eye on the CZ and Panama border (The Limits).  How life was so easy back then and much less traffic of course.

I was lucky to find a photo on the Internet of this same area taken by a Edwin Valencia and embedded in Google Maps with a hot spot.  Edwin named the hot spot Parada El Chorrillo.  The old building still stands after all these years with other buildings gone.  Possibly during Operation Just Cause and a good portion of Chorrillo burned down.   I don't know what time of day or what day this photo below was taken, but it seems the in-flow of traffic is jammed up.  The last trip to Panama I took the flow towards the bridge was deadlocked.  Took us over two hours to get from Calidonia to the bridge.  I don't want to ever do that again.

So here we have a great then and now scenario.  I am so glad to have found the photo below.  Thank you Edwin for taking it.  It appears to be a drone photo taken in February 2017.


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