A Portrait During Construction

01-95-5-(6)Can you estimate a time period for this image? Is it during the construction of the Panama Canal? Where is this image captured?

What kind of machine is behind the man? What does it do? Why is the man posing with the machine?  Why are the other men not? Was this a popular form of portraiture in Panama? Do you own any photographs like this one?

If so, please share with us your stories about this location.

If you have any more information about this photograph or the machinery, please share with us in the comments section!