Museum - Photographs - Sawmills, Lumberyards & Lumbermen


wwshavingsRPPC

Postcard

7 WOODWORKERS SITTING IN A HUGE PILE OF WOOD SHAVINGS. c1904-1918.

One of my favorite Real Photo Post Cards. I examined the image under magnification but could not make out what they made. There is a stack of cut lumber in the outside shed, a man standing in a doorway, but no other details. Their pride in their accomplishments is evident.


sawmillTT2

Photograph: Tintype

SAWMILL. Quarter plate Tintype. My guess is c1870.

Although fairly damaged by corrosion and other suface degrading, this is still a fascinating image. I beleive this is a steam driven sawmill. It's very unusual to find a closeup of a sawmill. Most often, tintypes and cabinet cards of sawmills where taken from a distance. If you look closely, you can see three men standing in front, a ladder set at the roof, and a large length of wood ready to be milled.


norwegiansawmillSV

Photograph: Stereoview

NORWEGIAN UP & DOWN GANG SAW MILL. c1910.

Stereoview, A particularly interesting view of a turn of the century Norwegian gang up and down, or vertical saw mill.The card itself is actually quite bowed due to the effects of humidity and the expansion of dissimilar materials.


lumberyardstick1

Photograph: Carte de Visite

MAN HOLDING LUMBER RULE.

CDV. What the well dressed lumber yard employee wears to work. From the photography shop of Napoleon Sarony, 680 Broadway, N. Y., a particularly famous photographer.


bbchapmanlumber

Photograph: Cabinet Card

B. B. CHAPMAN LUMBER COMPANY AND THE WEBBER CARPENTRY SHOP.

Cabinet Card. Date the automobiles and you date the card. The winner gets the horse. Ok, so this is another one of those eye-popping finds. The whole crew complete with Nelly the Horse and those new fangled horseless carriages too. Take a close look at the different ways the workman carry their tools... formal carpenters carry boxes and slung over the shoulder open top tool trays. I even like the streetlight edging into the picture.


shinglemakerscrop

Photograph: Cabinet Card

SHINGLE MAKERS ?.

Cabinet Card. Perhaps the photographer had had too much to drink that afternoon? The workers and the shack all decided to lean over at the same time? My guess is that these fellows are shingle makers, judging by the form of drawknife they are using and the scraps in the background.


kistleriowashop

Photograph: Cabinet Card

KISTLER, IOWA MILLWORK SHOP.

Cabinet Card. All I know is that this was labeled Kistler, Iowa. "Father". I don't know which one is Father. This looks like a millwork shop to me. There's a heavy commercial surface circular sander, bandsaw, table saw, lathe and one mitre box to be seen.


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