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Mexico--Oliver Lippincott
EIGHTY PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE GREENE CONSOLIDATED COPPER COMPANY MINES IN LA CANANEA, MEXICO. [LOS ANGELES: OLIVER LIPPINCOTT, C.1905]
80 tinted photographs (238 x 288mm.), numbered and titled on verso (numbers range from 6 to 147), each in an original hand-numbered printed envelope, a few envelopes with slight wear
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A VERY RARE AND FINE COLLECTION OF MINING PHOTOGRAPHS PRESERVED IN THEIR ORIGINAL ENVELOPES AS ISSUED. The photographs show copper mining in Cananea, Mexico at the height of production. The Greene Consolidated Copper Company was founded by Colonel William Cornell Greene (1852-1911) in 1899. In a very short time Cananea became one of the richest sources of copper in the world, with an average output of over 70 million pounds every year. The adventure was short-lived as the Mexican workers went on strike in 1906, to protest the stark contrast in pay compared to the American workers. The strike ended up being violent, with the killing of two American workers and the burning of the company lumberyard. Order was restored the next day with the arrest of several Mexican workers. The strike at Cananea is at times regarded as one of the first manifestations of discontent, that led to the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

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