Baltimore, bridges, Dams, engineering, FILTRATION, glass plate negatives, Gunpowder Falls, HISTORY, Public Works, water history
Sorry, this is not a Valentines Blog! This is in regards to my job. Co-workers know I do the archiving, so when they think it’s time to clear out some filing cabinets, they bring all their junk drawers to me. I hate it! So I sort and document and throw out a bunch of stuff…but then, hidden between the pages of some obscure files, I find a folder of photographs! I love it! This particular group of photos are from the 1913-1915 building of the Loch Raven dam. They are the actual prints from the glass plate negatives. Some of which I’ve never seen or ones that I have, scanned from plates that were cracked or silvering. Poor quality. These are near perfect prints.
I have a very poor quality of this one with no real description. On the back it says – “Crushing Plant at Department Quarry near Bridge #1”
Building Bridge #1 which is the first bridge up Loch Raven Drive from the dam. One thing I don’t understand about engineering is…
…how do they take the upside down bridge and turn it right side up??
I’m not sure what this one is, which is ok. I will look thru the old records and see if I can match it up some how. I thought it was of the construction of bridge #1 but the date wouldn’t be right.
No description on this one either, but I like the guy in the back with a hatchet, wearing Frye Boots!
This one is of the building of the bridge. Look close and you can see a typical City worker, sitting down on the job to the right!
Very cool historical photos!
Ronald Parks said: