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P11-80 | Isaac Erb Fonds

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Reference number: P11-80

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Date : c 1920

Sawmills were an inevitable feature of regions whose economy relied heavily on logging. The sawmills processed logs into boards to be used for construction. They were often sited near a waterway to facilitate the springtime log drive. What is more, before electricity appeared, water was the energy source used by sawmills. This photo was taken circa 1920 inside a sawmill. Foreground: logs waiting to be cut. Centre: logs that have been partially cut to make boards. This mill used circular saws like the one seen on the right.

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