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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Vulcan Iron Works: 1865

Vulcan Iron Works: 1865

1865. Charleston, South Carolina. Archibald McLeish's Vulcan Iron Works on Cumberland Street. Left half of glass-plate stereograph, from photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865. View full size. Note the unusually elaborate sign, as well as what seem to be the giant wheels of an artillery carriage.

 

Big Wheel

is likely something called just that, also called a ship's mast wheel, used to haul whole logs. A log or logs is/are chained to the middle section and is hauled by a team of horses/mules. The other end of the log is dragged.

I figure these are here at the ironworks to get metal tires applied as they would do for any carriage wheel.

Do you have the right plate as well?

Dave, this is a gorgeous piece of history. I collect stereograph cards and I would love to see this image in three dimensions. If possible could you also post the right plate of the stereoscopic pair?

[Both halves can be found here. - Dave]

TimeMachine

That is really a great photograph, what shorpy should be more of.

The Big Sign

A cannon *and* an anvil suspended above the street on that awesome sign? Man, if that thing pulled out of the wall those horses would be paste!

Carts and buggies

They seem so rickety!

Masterpiece of Folk Advertising Art

I wonder if the sign survives? I imagine a museum would kill for it....

 
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