Behind the Backdrops Shadows cast by the ropes, counterweights, and backdrops. Similar Images ...based on the tags: ropes, shadows, yellow... I never knew that all those elementary school balance bar exercises were for a very serious purpose: not falling to one’s death in the event they uncover lost Chicago history. A typical building from the expanded starch line. The light masts are there, but it looks like the cables that stretched across the dock with the actual lights have fallen down. No ambiguity here… miners, check in at this office. The basements of the barracks were often stone and brick, and many of them were connected by short tunnels. The steam-powered hoist that pulled ore and dropped men from the mine. Note the hydraulic-operated brake on top with its massive brake pad. Now scrapped. Much of the signage in the mill was hand-drawn. Here’s the church, and here’s the steeple; Open the door and see all the people; Here’s the parson going upstairs; Here he is saying his prayers… My favorite picture from the mills. These charts remind me of star charts or orbiting planets.