Vintage Photos Show Lumberjacks Chopping Down Giant Trees by Hand

Before the days of chainsaws and advanced tree felling technology, there were men out there who actually worked as lumberjacks.

They worked out of remote camps and developed a process to turn gigantic trees into kindling with their bare hands — using only saws and axes. These men were called “fallers,” and did the actualy job of felling a tree.

The vintage photos above, taken from the 1880s through the 1920s, reveal the grueling work that went into such a job. As you can see, these men are the definition of tough.

All images: Corbis