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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Steamboat Annie: 1909

Steamboat Annie: 1909

The Mississippi River circa 1909. "Vicksburg waterfront." The sternwheelers Annie Russell and Alice B. Miller. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Related to Vicksburg Panorama

This picture is clearly taken at the same time as a well-known panorama of the Vicksburg waterfront in 1910 that is in the National Archives. Was this picture originally a panorama by the same photographer. The shadows have moved between the two pictures and different steamboats have moved to the foreground. If there is another panorama, I would very much like to know about it. I grew up in Vicksburg and am writing a memoir of my father who would have arrive here for visits as a small boy.

I would appreciate any help. These photo are true treasures. Thank to Shorpy for posting them.

[The c.1910 panorama was taken by the Haines Photo Co. This one, by the Detroit Publishing Co., does not appear to be part of a panorama. To search for Vicksburg photos at the Library of Congress, use the search box at this link. - tterrace]

Cars from far away

I find the two rail cars of interest. Both appear to be a long ways from home. The Dairy Land car is most likely from Wisconsin and has been on a mild products run. The Erie box is, again, fairly far from home. Neat to see them in this wonderful shot of Vicksburg.

Clay Street

We are looking up Clay Street at the First National Bank (now Trustmark Bank) building.

Working Waterfronts

I love historic working waterfront pictures. You can see so many different examples of material culture and commercial-related activities. My favorite in this image is the wooden scow. They were so anonymous but conducted many 19th century activities from bulk cargo transport to ferrying.

What's inside?

I would sure like to see a couple of inside photos and plans of the engine and boiler setup of those sternwheelers.

Washday on the Mississipi

Wonder if they had the same washday -- Monday -- as you read about. Anyways, there's a lot of laundry draped over the upper stern rails of the Alice B. and there's bedding out to air over the doorways of some of the upper cabins.

Annie R. is backing to slow and come to the bank of the levee, I think, there's no wake and the smoke is starting forward. Are the folks on the afterdeck the owners, or the captain's family? Also, the horses and wagons that are waiting might have supplies. Annie seems to be a passenger boat, no evidence of a lower cargo area at all, that I can see, and the upper deck, though clear, would have been awfully tough to load.

Coca-Cola Bottling

Biedenharn Candy Company and Vicksburg Bottling Works where not related, although they both used the same blob-top bottle at one time.

A Palace on Water

Alice B. Miller: Built 1904, Jacksonville, Indiana. Burned 1915, Vicksburg.

Annie Russell: contemporaneous accounts refer to her as a handsome pleasure boat for the inland yachtsman. Built 1902, Dubuque, Iowa. Owned by Russell E. Gardner.


The Carriage Monthly, September, 1904.

Russell E. Gardner, president of the Banner Buggy Co., St. Louis, Mo., entertained recently the local carriage men of Cincinnati, Ohio, on his palatial boat, "Annie Russell." The prominent carriage builders of the city were invited to the boat, and were handsomely entertained. A trip was taken to the Queen City beach, where the party enjoyed a dip in the Ohio, and, on their return, a lunch was served. The "Annie Russell" is a palace on water, and is provided with everything that money can purchase. She is equipped with electric lights, bath, toilet rooms, electric fans and lounging rooms.

Beautiful Image

Thank you so much for displaying this scene. There is so much incredible detail of life back then, just fabulous image. Thank you.

If one could only go back in time

Very poignant picture. Never thought I'd want to teleport myself back to such an industrial locale but the past is the past. You can almost see the breeze whipping over the river in the foreground.

Hammond Packing

Hammond Packing was the pioneer in refrigerated meat transport, and Hammond, Indiana, grew up around the company's transshipment facility. The business began operations in Detroit as Hammond, Standish and Co., and after the death of founder George Hammond -- who was my great-great-grandfather -- passed through a number of hands before being absorbed into the Armour interests around the time this photo was taken.

Vicksburg was likely to have hosted a regional storage facility for the company.

SCANNING

for a parallel universe-type person--maybe I want to trade places.

Um, Bacon

That Bing way-back machine tells us that Hammond Packing Co. was indeed founded in a locale that came to be called Hammond, Indiana (how coincidental is that?); the company later established a plant in Omaha. No word on Vicksburg operations, alas.

There is also the 1909 Supreme Court case of "Hammond Packing Co. vs. Arkansas," but I lost my way in my reading and understanding of the case after the third mention of a "claim of an irrepealable contract predicated upon a contract which is repealable." The thought of slow, idyllic days of floatin' on the Mississippi brought me back to "Annie" and "Alice," instead.

Coke Bottle Home

The first bottling of Coca-Cola occurred in Vicksburg, Mississippi, at the Biedenharn Candy Company in 1891. Its proprietor was Joseph A. Biedenharn. The original bottles were Biedenharn bottles, very different from the much later hobble-skirt design that is now so familiar. Not sure if the Vicksburg Bottling Works across from one of the Coca-cola signs was related or not.

This is why I love Shorpy!

These are the pics that keep me coming back day after day. It's like Where's Waldo for history buffs. Beautiful!

Coca-Cola and Vicksburg

The soft drink was first bottled in Vicksburg by Joseph Biedenharn, who owned a small candy store on Washington Street. He shipped it to the plantations in the Delta. So there has long been a close connection between Coca-Cola and the city.

Old Faithful

Not just one but two Coca-Cola signs.

 
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