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Old Panama Canal Miraflores Locks Control Tower Interior Real Photo Post Card
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Old Panama Canal Miraflores Locks Control Tower Interior Real Photo Post Card
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The picture shows a view of this Old Panama Canal Miraflores Locks Control Tower Interior Real Photo Post Card. The postcard was never mailed but it has a neatly written message on the back. The message mentions the Worlds Fair and it is believed to be the 1939 - 1940 New York World's Fair the writer is talking about. The front of the postcard has a clear black and white photograph and it is marked as follows:

MIRAFLORES LOCKS
CONTROL TOWER INTERIOR
PANAMA CANAL

The post card measures about 5-1/2'' x 3-1/2''. It is in excellent condition as pictured with the message wriiten on the back as mentioned above. Below here is some additional information on the Miraflores Locks:

Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal

This is the first set of locks situated on the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. The locomotives maneuver the ships through the locks prior to being raised or lowered 27 feet per chamber. Twenty six million gallons of water is transferred in only 7 minutes and all done by gravity. There are three sets of locks in the Panama Canal. On the Pacific entrance are Miraflores, with two chambers, and Pedro Miquel with one chamber. On the Atlantic is one set of locks with 3 chambers, the Gatun Locks. Ships are raised a total of 87 feet above sea level into Gatun Lake and then lowered at the end of their transit into the other ocean. A common misconception is that one ocean is higher that the other, but they are both at sea level. Panama receives as much as 200 inches of rain per year. This was a determining factor in placing the canal there since 52 million gallons of fresh water is lost to the ocean on each transit.

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Old Panama Canal Miraflores Locks Control Tower Interior Real Photo Post Card


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