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Copyrights: All pictures were taken by amateur photographer Bruce Guthrie (me!) who retains copyright on them. Free for non-commercial use with attribution. See the [Creative Commons] definition of what this means. "Photos (c) Bruce Guthrie" is fine for attribution. (Commercial use folks can of course contact me.) Feel free to use in publications and pages with attribution but you don't have permission to sell the photos themselves. A free copy of any printed publication using any photographs is requested. Descriptive text, if any, is from a mixture of sources, quite frequently from signs at the location or from official web sites; copyrights, if any, are retained by their original owners.
Wikipedia Description: Cerro Bolívar
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Cerro Bolívar is a mountain in the state of Bolívar, Venezuela, about 600 metres high. It has been described as "the richest concentration of iron ore on the face of the earth." At the time of its discovery it promised to outdo the great Hull-Rust-Mahoning mine in Hibbing, Minnesota, USA. More than half the mountain is thought to consist of top-grade iron ore – anything up to half a billion tons.
Cerro Bolivar has been mined since the 1950s, being first mined by U.S. Steel. In 1975, the mining operation was nationalized by the government of president Carlos Andrés Pérez. Mining stopped in 1997, but resumed again in 2009 when the Swiss company Commodities and Minerals Ltd took over operations on invitation by president Hugo Chávez.
Bigger photos? To save server space, the full-sized versions of these images have either not been loaded to the server or have been removed from the server. (Only some pages are loaded with full-sized images and those usually get removed after three months.)
I still have them though. If you want me to email them to you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and I can email them to you, or, depending on the number of images, just repost the page again will the full-sized images.
1960 photos: From August, 1958 until July 1963, our family lived Caracas, Venezuela. Dad worked for Standard Oil of New Jersey which had acquired Creole Petroleum Corporation and its oil fields in Lake Maracaibo back in 1928. In 1950, Creole opened its oil fields in Amuay Bay. In 1951, Creole was the world's largest oil producer. We lived in Caracas until July, 1963 at which point we moved back to New York. Creole was nationalized by the Venezuelan government in 1975. Venezuela had forced its military dictator Pérez Jiménez out of office in January, 1958. A democratic government struggled for decades afterward although Cuban-sponsored Communist terrorists were a problem in the 1960s while we were there. Oil prices, which were the main source of income for the country, went through the roof in the 1970s, resulting is massive government spending. This led to massive debts once prices fell in the 1980s, resulting in riots and political chaos, with Hugo Chavez attempting a coup in 1992. He was later pardoned and elected dictator in 1998.
From 1954 to 1975, the bulk of these pictures were taken by my Dad, Glenn Guthrie At the time, he was using a complicated, but normal for the day, manual Kodak with light meters and such. All of Dad's pictures from this time were slides.
Image quality is going to be variable because these are scans of slides and/or prints.
The images shown here were scanned in two phases. In the early years of the website, I rescanned a selection of pre-digital images, all at fairly low quality settings. During the COVID pandemic, I launched the Great Rescanning Effort, rescanning ALL of my pre-digital images from various media (prints, slides, negatives, etc) at higher resolution and quality settings. Mutilple versions of images -- some from the initial scannning phase, some from prints, some from slides/negatives -- were posted so there are frequently duplicate images on the same page. At some point, I hope to have time to do a final review and get rid of the duplicates but that'll have to wait until all of the pre-digital images are finally posted.
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