National Geographic : 2002 Mar
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback GARDNERF. WILLIAMS DIAMONDS High-wire Act Workers entering a South African mine traveled by a system of cables stretched from rim to pit floor. The tramway also served to bring diamonds up from below. "So thickly together were these lines set," wrote Gardner F. Williams in his 1905 book, The Diamond Mines of South Africa, "that the whole face of the vast pit seemed to be covered by a monstrous cobweb, shining in the moonlight as if every filament was a silver strand." This photograph was first published in the magazine in June 1906. You can send this month's Flashback as an electronic greeting card and access the Flashback photo archives at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/flashback/0203. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358)IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 114517THSTNW,WASHINGTON. DC20036-4688.$34.00A YEARFORU.S.DELIVERY, $6.00PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING). PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON, DC,ANDATADDITIONAL MAILINGOFFICES. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESS CHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, POBOX63002,TAMPA,FL33663-3002.