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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Antique Excavation: 1917

Antique Excavation: 1917

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1917. "Gash, Stull Co. (Bright-Shepherd job)." A parade of vintage earthmoving equipment. National Photo Co. View full size.

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Erie Shovel

Erie Model B shovel working...

Very similar to a Marion (Mary Anne), but the Erie was mass produced. Erie merged with Bucyrus in the late twenties to form Bucyrus-Erie, now part of Caterpillar.

Note the concrete cast into the front wheels of the Fordsons, in an attempt to counteract their tendency to flip over backwards on the operator.

Supervisor message

Tell the third Fordson driver that white shirts are required on this job.

It's Mike Mulligan and His Steamshovel!

I just hope that MaryAnn is painted red, as she should be.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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