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The Stamp Mill: 1906

The Stamp Mill: 1906

Copper production circa 1906. "12,000 horsepower compound pump, Calumet and Hecla stamp mill, Lake Linden, Michigan." Note the faint double exposure in this 8x10 inch glass plate. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Can anyone make out the manufactures sign on the Overhead crane? Thanks in advance

Way ta go!

Congrats to Orange56! Good eye!

The First Exposure or the Second?

I propose The Heart of Copper Country: 1905 as the second exposure on the above photo.

[We have a winner. -tterrace]

Domestic plumbing

Apparently they are pumping houses through that big pipe.

[The houses are an exact match for another Shorpy image -- who'll be the first to find it? - Dave]

Sitting room

I found two other chairs, just to the right of the big wheel, one on the top platform and one on the bottom.

Enter Charlie Chaplin

Looks like the movie Modern Times could have been shot there.

The Main Bearing

must have required constant attention as evidenced by the captain's chair on the platform. Employees of the era were rarely offered the opportunity to sit while on the job.

It brings to mind a John Lennon lyric from a 1980 song "I'm just sittin' here watching the wheels go round and round, I really love to watch them roll."

The steam engine is a work of art but so, too, is the building with its myriad girder and truss work. Note the sloping outer walls fit to the angle bracing and that huge overhead hoist! Another fascinating Shorpy view!

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