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Prospector Panning Gold

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  • Title: Pinos Altos, New Mexico. Prospector panning gold. The light objects are probably not gold as it is very unusual to find pieces this large in this section. They are probably mica (fools’ gold) or mercury, which is used to attract the gold
  • Creator(s): Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1940 May.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 22, 2012 at 8:22 am

“Pan” of Gold

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  • Title: “Pan” of gold. Not all of the shiny particles are gold but include mica and a few particles of quicksilver. The gold usually appears in the pan as a minute shiny upper rim of the dirt in the pan. Pinos Altos, New Mexico
  • Creator(s): Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1940 May-June.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 5, 2012 at 8:05 am

Prospector Blowing On Pan of Fine Dirt

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  • Title: Prospector blowing on pan of fine dirt which contains particles of gold in order to blow the dirt away and leave the heavy gold. In this dry panning the pan is rotated until the dirt is on one side and then with a decisive toss it is thrown into the air, the light dirt being then blown away by the wind and the heavy gold being caught again in the pan. Pinos Altos, New Mexico
  • Creator(s): Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1940 May-June.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 4, 2012 at 8:04 am

Prospector, Dirt & Fine Particles of Gold

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  • Title: Prospector blowing on pan of fine dirt which contains particles of gold in order to blow the dirt away and leave the heavy gold. In this dry panning the pan is rotated until the dirt is on one side and then with a decisive toss it is thrown into the air, the light dirt being then blown away by the wind and the heavy gold being caught again in the pan. Pinos Altos, New Mexico
  • Creator(s): Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1940 May-June.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 3, 2012 at 8:03 am

Gold prospector Cooking Mercury with Dirty Flour Gold

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  • Title: Gold prospector cooking mercury with dirty flour gold. The flour gold which is in small, almost powder flakes, will attach itself to the mercury as the water boils away. Pinos Altos, New Mexico
  • Creator(s): Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer
  • Date Created/Published: 1940 May-June.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 2, 2012 at 8:02 am

Men Panning Gold

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  • Title: Men panning gold
  • Other Title: Panning
  • Creator(s): Lomen Bros., photographer
  • Date Created/Published: [between ca. 1900 and 1927]

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 1, 2012 at 8:01 am

Washington Inspecting First Money Coined by the United States

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Here is a great portrait for anyone one who collects U.S. coins.  Imagine being a fly on the wall when this event occurred.  So did Martha really give up her silver to make the first coins?

  • Title: Washington inspecting the first money coined by the United States
  • Date Created/Published: c1915 Dec. 27.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

September 20, 2012 at 8:20 am

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