Sunday, July 16, 2006

San Francisco QuickTime Virtual Reality Muybridge Panorama

If you have Apple Computer's Quicktime software installed on your Macintosh or Windows computer, you can view the thirteen image E. Muybridge panorama of San Francisco from Nob Hill, 1878, as a 360 degree QTVR (QuickTime Virtual Reality) panorama! (Rotate the panorama by dragging the image or by using left or right arrow keys.)
Composite and virtual reality panorama courtesy of Bruce C. Cooper.

The Muybridge San Francisco view can also be seen as a conventional static panorama on the CPRR Museum's San Francisco City Views Exhibit.

CPRR Promontory photos [Hart 343-350]

From: "Glenn Willumson"

I am working on the photographs from Promontory and have hit a bit of a snag with which I am hoping the folks on the CPRR Discussion Group can help me.

After Promontory (June 2, I believe), Crocker purchased 21 negatives from Hart (the last CPRR purchase of negatives). This would presumably be Hart numbers 344-364. This would seem to be right, except that 343 seems that it should be included as well.

So that's the first question – is the train in 343 (in Argenta) the same train that appears in 344-350 (in Carlin, Elko, Peko, and Camp Victory – it seems clear that it's not the same train as in 349 – "Scene near Deeth")?

If it is the same train, then there is a second question. Bob Spude has been a great help to me as I try to sort these things out and he pointed out that the locomotive in 343 does not appear to be the Jupiter. Given the sequence at the end of the CPRR series it's hard to believe that the train in #343-350 isn't headed to Promontory. So the question is, which locomotive is it in 343? ... and is it pulling Stanford's special train? I noted that Leslie's account of the ceremonies (5 June 1869 – presumed to authored by by Russell) says that one CP train arrives at Promontory at 8:45am on May 10, then Stanford's arrives about 11:00. Could there have been two trains that left Sacramento – Stanford's and the one on which Hart rode and photographed in #343-350?


See A.A. Hart stereoview images 343-350, detail.

Ogden Shasta Route Creamer

From: "Ellen"

Could you please help me to date a small cream jug. The mark on the base says:

Southern Pacific Company
Sunset Ogden & Shasta Route
Maddock England Vitrified RgNo 647752


Can you spot all the errors?

"Living History: Immigrants drawn to Utah as their El Dorado" by Eileen Hallet Stone, © The Salt Lake Tribune, July 16, 2006. (News Article)

"... In the 1860s, 12,000 Chinese immigrants, employed by Central Pacific Railroad, constructed the transcontinental rail line from Sacramento to Promontory Summit. Skilled in handling explosives for boring tunnels through stone mountains, these men comprised 90 percent of the railroad's labor force. They were proficient with power tools, cleared miles of trees and laid miles of tracks. Nevertheless, they were overworked and underpaid. In the winter of 1866, they labored in snow drifts, some more than 60 feet high. The spring thaw revealed corpses. 'Their monumental achievements, which required them to pour sweat and blood into Utah, have endured long after their names have been all but forgotten,' writes historian Anand A. Yang in Missing Stories. In a remarkable feat at Promontory Summit, the Chinese laborers constructed 10 miles and 56 feet of rail line in one day. ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

Santa Fe de-Luxe Third Winter Season 1913-14

From: "Richard Martin"

I have come across this brochure about the Santa Fe railroad for train service from Chicago to Los Angeles. It has description, fares, and artist pictures.  

Can you tell me anything about this?  

—Richard Martin