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Hammerjacks: 1905

Hammerjacks: 1905

Vermont circa 1905. "Steam drills, Rutland R.R." Ppppplease pppppardon the nnnnoise. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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The Air Hammer

It's really been around for quite a while, and as I recall a pretty neat sound when I was a kid. Except if you were the operator!

Drill Ye Tarriers

In third grade my elementary school taught us to sing the song "Drill Ye Tarriers Drill" as part of the grade's history curriculum.

"Every morning at seven o'clock
There's twenty tarriers a workin at the rock
The boss comes along and he says, "Keep still
And come down heavy on the cast iron drill."

They never explained anything about the cast iron drill.
I now know what it looked like and that it ran on steam thanks to Shorpy.


The need for railroad connections was necessary to transport the huge
amount of marble quarried there. I believe Rutland was once Mill City.


What all of them will be saying in a few years after not using ear protection!

Drilling - what?

Ant ideas what all these drillers are trying to accomplish? Looks like nothing but a muddy field!

[They're making a rock cut where the track is being laid. - Dave]

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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