Friday, January 8, 2021

Another Vignette of Old America

This comes from 1930, when logging was crosscut saws, logging camps, horses and sleds, and logs sent down river when the ice let out.

 The mill is steam power and a lot of manual labor in conditions that would give an OSHA rep the vapors.

 The ship they send the laths to New York on is a three masted schooner, although even then things were passing into history. It is mentioned that the ship leaving is the last load the schooner will carry and the ship has no value because no one will buy it.

It's Old America described by someone who was there.  Originally a silent film, the narration was written by the mill manager to read aloud to the audience as the movie played. Here it read by a Maine native, so the accent fits well with the words.

5 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

Thanks for posting this.

Chris said...

My thanks as well! A fascinating depiction of the end of an era.

waepnedmann said...

Next time you are on the Left Coast go North and have breakfast at the Somoa Cookhouse out of Eureka.
Back in the day it served as the cook house for a large logging operation primarily for logging the redwoods.
The photos found in a small room off of the dining hall document the harvesting of these giants using only saws, axes, and strong men.
Come hungry.

Thank you for posting these films remembering our past industries.
I really enjoyed the axe making video.

Marty said...

What accent?

Old NFO said...

Great history! Thanks!