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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

And Come Out Swinging: 1897

And Come Out Swinging: 1897

Aboard the U.S.S. Oregon circa 1897. "Shake hands." Note the tattoo art. Another look at the boxing match first glimpsed here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Edward H. Hart for the Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Ship

Amazing to see the underpinnings of what is apparently a brand-new ship, in 1897. The steel looks freshly constructed, welded, painted. It's cleaner than the men its carrying. Must have smelled pretty down there.

Muzzie

Man, the guy in the middle is really well groomed considering his living conditions. This shot makes me want to grow a mustache and take up boxing. Well, maybe not the boxing part.

Great photo!

Enjoy while you can, boys

The Oregon was about to get the news that the Maine was blown up near the coast at Havana, and would be called upon to go to her aid. She made a record-setting trip from San Francisco to just off the coast of Jupiter Inlet, Florida, in just 66 days. The voyage delighted the public and inspired popular songs like "The Race of the Oregon," by John James Meehan:

Lights out! And a prow turned toward the South,
And a canvas hiding each cannon's mouth
And a ship like a silent ghost released
Is seeking her sister ships in the East.
When your boys shall ask what the guns are for,
Then tell them the tale of the Spanish war,
And the breathless millions that looked upon
The matchless race of the Oregon.

I do hope most of the boys pictured here made it through the impending skirmish.

Just Guessin'

That Lydia is a very close friend, according to Marx.

The first rule of fight club

is don't talk about fight club.

"His name was Robert Paulson, His name was Robert Paulson"

On the right forearm

A sailor holding the Stars and Stripes.

The tats

Maybe someone will recognize these as belonging to Great-Great-Grandpa.

 
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