The Library of Congress has a massive and public archive of photos and slides that they have digitized over the decades. There are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of photos and images. I went trolling through to see what cool stuff I could find and boy, did I ever! From huge logging trucks in the Pacific Northwest to Americans welding gas and oil line in Iraq and digging the Panama Canal just after the turn of the (20th) century. My affinity for so called, “working vehicles” is well documented here on BangShift and this load of photos has some truly awesome stuff along those lines. Teddy Roosevelt sitting in a steam shovel in Panama and ancient rigs, probably with mechanical brakes loaded with chunks of trees that measure feet across headed for saw mills are just a couple of the more than 30 images show here.

For a look at the vehicles and brave souls who built our country and forever (literally) changed the Earth with construction like the Panama Canal, scroll down! (Oh, there’s some GIs getting BangShifty in a Jeep as well that will make you smile!)

Gas rationing during the war - dig the 5 window!

Ancient jalopy/hot rod

BangShift approved Jalopy!

Jeep engine blocks

GIs getting BangShifty in a Jeep

Jeep pistons

GI in the grease pit servicing a jeep

Jeep being towed by two and a half ton truck

Jeep building the Al Can highway

Jeep climbing dunes

logging truck

loaded logging truck

Huge logs on truck

Logging truck in Vermont

logs being loaded on truck

Logs being loaded

Trucks on ferry

Brand new Mack truck

Mack wheel

Model T at White House

Truck driver doing log book

Milling Jeep pistons

Steam shovel

Teddy Roosevelt on a steam shovel at Panama Canal

Steam shovel at work

Shovel loading dump truck

Steam shovel operator

Huge mining shovel

Steam shovel working

Steam Shovel on train tracks

1896 Steam Shovel

Steam shovel men on break

Welding gas/oil pipe in Iraq after the turn of the 20th century


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