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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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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.


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.

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