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1935: Officials ride in one of the penstock pipes of the soon-to-be-completed Hoover Dam
1935: Officials ride in one of the penstock pipes of the soon-to-be-completed Hoover Dam

1935: Officials ride in one of the penstock pipes of the soon-to-be-completed Hoover Dam

Regular price £100

1935: Officials ride in one of the penstock pipes of the soon-to-be-completed Hoover Dam

(Unknown / Bureau of Reclamation)

In response to the rising demand for electricity across the southwestern US, and to curb the devastating floods to which the it was prone, a Federal decision was made to dam the Colorado River.

The building work commenced in 1930, and was a much needed source of employment for more than 5,000 people during the Great Depression.  The work required more than three million cubic yards of concrete, and, when finished, became the world’s largest manmade structure.

Its name was not without controversy.  Initially known as Boulder Dam, after Boulder Canyon - a site later rejected - it was renamed Hoover Dam when work began.  However, prior to opening in 1935 with President Roosevelt in office, the name was changed back to Boulder Dam. Twelve years later, President Truman approved an act of congress to rename it once more - back to Hoover Dam.

It is possible that the penstock pipe in which the officials are standing is actually only around twenty foot off the ground (over what is now a lay-by), and that the photographer has deliberately angled the camera to create the impression of a sheer drop.

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Specifications:

  • Limited edition print run of 100 pieces

  • Supplied with Paper Time Machine certificate of authenticity to provide limited edition provenance

  • Hand printed in the UK, global shipping available

  • Dimensions: 30 x 20cm including border for easy framing

  • Presented on premium Fuji photographic paper

  • C-type Fuji Crystal archive paper with a semi-matt finish. The paper is coated with a slightly stippled texture giving a very natural photographic finish with subtle colour