SAILOR BOY IN PHILADELPHIA (1890)

Meet Willie Howard Smith. He was three and a half years-old at the time of this photograph, which was in 1890. Willie is adorable as he poses for his photograph in his sailor suit. He is wearing a wonderful cap which is covering his longish hair. The photographer of this cabinet card portrait is Kuebler, who was located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Research discloses some interesting information about the photographic studio. The studio was co-owned and operated by brothers William Kuebler and Louis H. Kuebler. They were very successful photographers and one of their photographs of Walt Whitman is very well known among those that study the great poet. A news article in The Photographic Times (1888) announces the “largest contract ever made in the photographic line” had been awarded to William Kuebler to photograph the members of the Mexican Typical Orchestra. In all, 4,750 photographs were ordered.

 

SAILOR GIRL IN PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

A young girl dressed in an elaborate sailor outfit and holding a straw hat, poses for her portrait at the Robinson studio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The studio was located and 2 & 4 Sixth Street.

Published in: on November 16, 2010 at 12:02 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: ,

NAVAL CASUALTY MEMORIAL CARD FOR BRITISH SAILOR (HONG KONG, 1912)

This cabinet card is a memorial photograph of J. W. Stubbs who was accidentally killed in Hong Kong. Stubbs was a stoker (tended to the engine) aboard the H.M.S. Astraea. He died in 1912 and this cabinet card was made by his shipmates in his memory. The image of this smiling and handsome 20 year-old sailor, who died tragically, evokes much sadness. The Astraea was a cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was commissioned for service in 1895 and was active in World War I. She was scrapped in 1920. The photographer who made this memorial card was A. Hing  of Hong Kong.

Published in: on September 27, 2010 at 12:02 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , ,

A SHIP CAPTAIN IN PANAMA

This photograph features a ship captain posing at the Calm Studio, located at the Plazuela De Alfaro in Panama. The card is inscribed to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and signed by W. C. Gibb. The captain is wearing a nautical uniform and it is unknown whether he is a military or a civilian sailor. Research reveals that the Alfaro Plaza may be named after Jose Eloy Alfaro Delgado (1842 -1912) who was a President of Ecuador who was a strong opponent of pro Catholic conservatism and whose views and actions caused him to be exiled to Panama in 1911. A year later he returned to Ecuador, where he was imprisoned; and then taken from the prison by a mob and executed.

Published in: on September 23, 2010 at 12:01 am  Comments (2)  
Tags: , , , , , ,

SAILOR BOY IN WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA (FUTURE NAVAL OFFICER?)

This photograph captures a young boy dressed in a formal sailor suit. The outfit is unusual, as most children wearing nautical clothing in photographs of this era are not clad in such a fine suit. The photographer is Taylor of  Wilmington, North Carolina. Wilmington is a US naval port and it is very possible that this boys father was a high ranking naval officer stationed there. One can surmise that he was an officer because a child dressed in such finery must come from a well-to-do family.

Published in: on August 31, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,

YOUNG BOY IN SAILOR SUIT AND HIS LITTLE SISTER POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT

This photograph features a young boy, dressed in a sailor suit, posing for a portrait with his little sister. The children are very cute. The lad’s sailor suit is very detailed. There is no identifying information concerning the children, the photographic studio, or the photographer.

Published in: on May 16, 2010 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: , ,

YOUNG GIRL WEARING A SAILOR HAT POSES WITH HER LITTLE SISTER IN BRANDON, MANITOBA (CANADA)

This Cabinet Card is an image of what appears to be two sisters; the oldest wearing a sailors hat. They were photographed by the Irwin Studio in Brandon, Manitoba (Canada). The oldest girl is standing on a stool. The younger girl is wearing a beautiful embroidered dress. Research reveals that the photographers studio was located on Rosser Street in Brandon.

Published in: on April 14, 2010 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , ,

DECORATED NAVY SAILOR AND ONLY FIVE YEARS OLD; OR, PERHAPS A BOY IN COSTUME

cutekidA young boy, wearing what appears to be a naval uniform with a cap and large medals, poses for this cabinet card portrait. Perhaps his father was a sailor. The medal on the left has two crossed rifles. Hopefully a visitor to this site can identify the medals and branch of service. The photographer is Gardner of New York City.

Published in: on July 18, 2009 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , ,

PORTRAIT OF RUSSIAN SAILOR AND WIFE (1906)

RUSSIANOFFANDWIFEThis Russian cabinet card is a portrait of a uniformed Russian sailor and his wife. The reverse of the card has an inscription in Russian which states “In good memory for dear Ivan Afansevich and Agrippa Petrovna, from Maria and Aleksandr Limonnivov”. The inscription is dated January 30th, 1906.

Published in: on June 21, 2009 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: , , , , , ,

DAPPER SAILOR IN UNIFORM

SAILOR_0002The Sailor in this Cabinet Card is posing at an unknown photographers studio at an unknown location. Perhaps the information is classified (just kidding). It is also a mystery which nations navy this young man is serving in.  Hopefully, an informed visitor can leave a comment identifying the nation this sailor represents. One can imagine that the sailor is on shore leave and wandered into a photographers studio to get a souvenir of his visit. He is looking quite dapper  in his uniform.

Published in: on May 28, 2009 at 12:27 am  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,