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RICE & IRRIGATION CO. in Port Arthur Texas

by Philip Brigandi in May 1913

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CAN YOU HELP?

 

This is what we know

 

These views were recently purchased in Holland. They come from a collection of views from different parts of southern USA. Many 1870’s Anthony views are part of it.

 

The Rice and Irrigation Co Rice Farm was located near Port Arthur and Nederland, Texas. And the name “Nederland“ (Netherlands) makes you suspect of course that a lot of Hollanders lived and worked over there. Indeed. To our impression, originally the Rice Fram was somehow connected to Dutch bankers.

Business was low in1913, when they started a renovation project on their irrigation system along the Neches river. They borrowed money, imported canal experts from Holland, and hired mechanics from New Orleans to repair the pumping facilities. But it didn’t help, as two years later they were bankrupt anyhow.

 

Apparently (part of) the renovation proces was recorded by a stereo photographer called Philip Brigandi. We only know one “Philip Brigandi“, who was a photographer, working for the Keystone View Company.

Looks as if mr Brigandi was accompanying an important Dutch person that had something to do with the renovation project. Perhaps a Dutch government- or bank official, or perhaps one of the Dutch “canal experts“.

 

All the views are on plain dark grey mounts. Only one is wearing “Stereo Travel Co“ identification prints.

 

 

Here are our questions

-          Are we talking about “the”Philip Brigandi here? And if so: why, how and what was he doing in Port Arthur (personal interest or business, an assigment).

-          Who is the man pictured on view 1 and 9?

-          Is there a connection between mr Brigandi and the Stereo Travel Co, in spite of this relationship to the Keystone View Co (I guess a major competitor of the Stereo Travel Co).

And of course we’re interested in everything else there is to know, connected to this series of views!

 

 

And here are the views

 

Here are all nine views that we have. If you  need any more detailed scans or information about the images, just let us know.

While checking, please mind:

- Views are not numbered, so the sequence is ours.

- All views have rounded corners like the first one (the other views were slightly cropped for presentation).

- Although only one dark grey mount shows an ID from the Stereo Travel Co and the other are blank, all mounts surely are from the same card stock.

 

 

VIEW 1

When in Holland this will remind you of our pleasant talks in Port Arthur Texas.

Yours sincerely

Philip Brigandi May 1913

taken in front of “the Plaza” – PBJr

 

 

 

 

 

We  suppose this is NOT Philip Brigandi, but the guy that went back to Holland. He

seems to appear on several photos as a visitor or supervisor to the renovation work

 

 

 

 

VIEW 2

(handwritten on the back)

Office of the Port Arthur Rice and Irrigation Co.

May 1913

PBJr

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIEW 3

(handwritten on the back)

Residence of the manager of the Port Athur Rice and Irrigation Co. Rice Farm.

May 1913

PBJr

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIEW 4

(handwritten on the back)

Renovation Pumpingplant (Neche river)

Port Arthur Rice and Irrigation Co.

Part site of plant. Junk from old pumps.

Piledriver. New Pump No. 1.

May 4 / 1913

PBJr

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIEW 5

(handwritten on the back)

Renovation Pumpingplant (Neche river)

Port Arthur Rice and Irrigation Co.

Excavations for the new 48 inches Unit.

On the right the all steel flume makes a sharp curve on its way to the main canal.

May 4 / 1914

PBJr

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIEW 6

(handwritten on the back)

Renovation (spring 1913) of the Pumpingplant (Neche river)

Port Arthur Rice and Irrigation Co.

New steel flume nearly ready.

The two 36 inches pumps ready for operation.

May 4 / 1914

PBJr

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIEW 7

(handwritten on the back)

Renovation Pumpingplant (Neche river)

Port Arthur Rice and Irrigation Co.

Inside of new steel flumenearly finished.

In te distance, the sharp curve, leading to the pumps.

May 4 / 1914

PBJr

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIEW 8

(handwritten on the back)

Mary Gates Hospital

Port Arthur Texas

May 1913

PBJr

 

 

Are you curious what these two people would have seen on this spot, if they were then able

to make a leap into the future? More specifically into 1970? Click the image to take a look!

 

 

 

VIEW 9

(handwritten on the back)

Port Arthur Texas

May 1913

Taken from the lawn in front of “the Plaza” - PBJr

 

 

 

 

 

 

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