1890s Chicago Great Lakes Grain Cargo Ship Vintage Real Photo Stereo View - Unusual Whaleback Grain Freighter Ship Receiving Grain From Chicago Grain Elevators – Underwood Stereo View

Vintage Chicago Illinois Great Lakes whaleback grain cargo ship real photo stereo view - grain elevator and dockworkers loading wheat into a whaleback grain freighter ship sitting dockside on the Chicago River. This unusual grain cargo ship is identified on its stern as "130 of Buffalo".

Chicago - referred to then as the "Bread Basket of the World" - was for many years the main center for shipping Midwestern farmers' grain to the East Coast. Some of this grain was shipped by rail but even more was shipped in large capacity lake boats specially built to withstand the unpredictable Great Lakes weather and wind-driven high seas. The whaleback, one of these specially designed cargo ships, was designed by McDonald of Duluth. Minnesota. It was powered by steam and it's whaleback shape made it very economical to run. They could withstand unharmed the heavy seas that could wash over the ship.

Published by Underwood & Underwood, copyrighted but undated.

3-D EFFECT: Curved mounted card has an exceptional 3-D effect.

PHOTO NOTE: Curved cards do not always scan or photo well. The actual albumen (sepia toned) photo images are clear, crisp and sharp. The close-up photo image is sharper than the gallery image, and the actual images viewed through a stereo viewer are EVEN sharper than they appear in these photos. The grainy texture is not present in the original photos. Any light scratches and small defects, although sometimes accentuated by the photo process, are in fact usually imperceptible through the stereo viewer. Any bright spots and shiny areas are reflections from the camera flash, and do not appear on the actual stereo view images.

CONDITION NOTE: This card and the curved mounted images are in near flawless condition. The faint brown cast to the sky is not soiling but is typical of the albumen (sepia-toned) photographic process. Slight abrasions or scratches (if any) to the photo images are virtually invisible through the stereo viewer. The text on has a streak of lightness down the left side of the caption repeated in several foreign languages on the back. The actual descriptive text is in perfect shape.

Item ID: 27-0460


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