Vintage Logging

Vintage logging – circle saw mills

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage logging is about circle saw mills.

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When you need to put your weigth behind it
When you need to put your weight behind it.

1900s Sterling Mill
1900s Sterling Mill.

Big circular saw cutting log at Lee Tidewater Cypress Company mill - Perry, Florida.
Big circular saw cutting log at Lee Tidewater Cypress Company mill – Perry, Florida.

1938 U-Saw Prod Lumber near Norfolk, Nebraska
1938 U-Saw Prod Lumber near Norfolk, Nebraska

RG# 95-GP Records of the Forest Service General Subject Files Negative Number: 374846
U-Saw Prod., Lbr., Portable Mills – Nebraska. Saw yellow cottonwood lumber, 3 miles west of Neligh Nebraska. Taken by Carl A. Taylor 12/19/38.


1900 man sitting near large saw blade
1900 man sitting near large saw blade

Record Group 95-GP
Records of The Forest Service
General Subject File
Negative Number:97574


1900 single man operating sawmill.
1900 single man operating sawmill.

Record Group 95-GP
Records of The Forest Service
General Subject File
Negative Number:76190


1910 circle sawmill at rest
1910 circle sawmill at rest

Record Group 95-GP
Records of The Forest Service
General Subject File
Negative Number:59666


Circular saw mill.
Circular saw mill.

1942 Jerome War Relocation Center, Arkansas, United States
1942 Jerome War Relocation Center, Arkansas, United States

Saw mill activity at the Jerome War Relocation Center, Arkansas, United States, 16 Nov 1942


Safety was an afterthought back in the early days.
Safety was an afterthought back in the early days.

Unfortunately, machine guarding didn’t keep pace with the machines themselves. Men routinely worked near giant exposed flywheels and saw blades. Hearing protection was rare or non-existent. Ontario forest industries filed more than 3,000 injury claims in 1938.


A Newfoundland born Canadian with a life long interest in woodworking, baking and anything else that peaks my curiosity.

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