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Incredible black-and-white pictures capture how railroads and steamboats helped forge its future..
UK Daily Mail ^ | July 19, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 07/20/2012 6:29:52 AM PDT by C19fan

They are images of a nation in motion - of a country building its future with expanding railroads and industrial opportunities. These glorious black-and-white photographs, which have been released by the Library of Congress, reveal America reveling in its new-found productivity, at a time when steam engines and steamboats were forging the nation ahead. The images, taken between 1870 and 1920, capture the determination with which America tackled the new century - and how the country also began enjoying the fruits of the 19th century's industrial labour, in what was termed the Gilded Age.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: edwardian; godsgravesglyphs; photography; postbellum; steam; steamships; victorian
The SS Tashmoo is a handsome ship. Always love to see photos of the ladies in Victorian/Edwardian fashions.
1 posted on 07/20/2012 6:30:00 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan
Ironic that this link about US railroads should come from the UK, birthplace of the railroad. I'll look at it later. Got work. Thanks, C19 and Daily Mail.

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2 posted on 07/20/2012 6:37:19 AM PDT by foreverfree
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To: foreverfree

The Brits did provide a lot of the capital to build our railroad system. :)


3 posted on 07/20/2012 6:41:11 AM PDT by C19fan
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Riiiiiight! And we used Chinese and Irish labor. We did NOTHING on our own. sarc/off


4 posted on 07/20/2012 6:44:33 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: C19fan

I thought someon ‘else’ did that FOR us?!! Hmmm...


5 posted on 07/20/2012 6:51:02 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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My grandfather served on the Oregon.


6 posted on 07/20/2012 6:57:25 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: C19fan

Great pictures at the link.


7 posted on 07/20/2012 6:59:56 AM PDT by iowamark
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Notice how people back in the day had the smarts not to get run over by a train.
Today, people climb fences, get whacked while walking the tracks, and the family sues the railroad for negligence.

8 posted on 07/20/2012 7:22:53 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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Speed had something to do with it. In a city environment that steam train was not moving much faster than one could walk. Look at the smoke coming out of the stack that train was barely moving.


9 posted on 07/20/2012 7:42:09 AM PDT by BubbaBobTX ("The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other peoples money." Margaret Thatcher)
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To: C19fan

thank you... we live in a house built in 1865.. those were the days...


10 posted on 07/20/2012 7:42:21 AM PDT by rusureitflies? (A person becomes a lost fool when they reject the Holy Spirit.)
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"Always love to see photos of the ladies in Victorian/Edwardian fashions."

Students study home economics at McKinley HS, Wash. DC in 1910

From the opening of America's 20th Century to its 21st Century...

Students from McKinley HS storm the doors of a building in protest (link)

11 posted on 07/20/2012 7:43:01 AM PDT by drpix
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Smokestacks belching pollutants! Airplanes without seat belts! Rail lines without fences or warning lights! Imperialist military hardware! Bathing beauty contests! Oh, the horror! The horror!!


12 posted on 07/20/2012 7:52:25 AM PDT by Clioman
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Was he serving when the Oregon went all the way around South America just in time to help whack the Spaniards?
13 posted on 07/20/2012 7:53:50 AM PDT by C19fan
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That first pic - I don’t think an excursion to the Chicago drainage canal would be on the top of my must see vacation sights.


14 posted on 07/20/2012 7:57:41 AM PDT by bgill
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Don’t know.


15 posted on 07/20/2012 8:01:30 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Clioman
"Airplanes without seat belts!"

Notice that someone did make sure the lady's dress was tied securely below the knees to stop it from blowing up. Modesty before life itself!

16 posted on 07/20/2012 8:02:45 AM PDT by drpix
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

My great grandfather built the first railroad across the Mississippi. He was a civil engineer and the bridge opened in 1868.


17 posted on 07/20/2012 8:22:13 AM PDT by MondoQueen
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To: afraidfortherepublic
And we used Chinese and Irish labor. We did NOTHING on our own.

"Oh, no, you didn't build that."--Barack Obama

18 posted on 07/20/2012 8:24:26 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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I always enjoy looking at these pictures but I find it amusing that we are nostalgic about the railroads today. Until they went into decline, the American public absolutely hated the railroads. When they first appeared in the 1830s and 1840s, there was story after story about the filthy black smoke belching out of them, and horror stories about railroad accidents. Then in the late 1800s, the public looked at railroads as oppressive concentrations of wealth and their owners as no better than thugs. Don't get me wrong, I like the history, but railroads seem to only be viewed with fondness in retrospect.
19 posted on 07/20/2012 8:43:45 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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I wonder if that’s how the “General Slocum” looked before she caught fire.

I also thought the photo of the woman in the airplane was interesting. She had to hang on but at least her skirt was tied down.


20 posted on 07/20/2012 9:35:35 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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I grew up about 1.5 Mile from that Rail Road High Bridge(it’s still there, commonly known by the Locals(Boone County, IA) as the “Kate Shelley High Bridge”)). I walked across it when I was around 10 or so.


21 posted on 07/20/2012 11:35:23 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: iowamark
Great pictures at the link.

You were lucky.
I gave up trying to get in afer 15 minutes.
Maybe in a few days.

22 posted on 07/20/2012 5:10:33 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: C19fan

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks C19fan.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


23 posted on 07/26/2012 4:07:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BubbaBobTX

That Baldwin locomotive had the horse power to pull 100 loaded cars at 120 MPH.


24 posted on 07/26/2012 4:36:06 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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