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A Little Game: 1897

A Little Game: 1897

Circa 1897 aboard the U.S.S. Brooklyn. "Evening amusements. A little game." 8x10 glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Somethings never change

While on the USS Juneau as a Marine, our platoon had an around the clock spades game going on the entire time we were at sea. If it was your turn to play at night, the firewatch would wake you up. There were some good players that would end up purposefully losing in order to get some sleep.

Armored Cruiser Brooklyn

A veteran of The Spanish American war.

Cheating?

Surely not, with that kind of close scrutiny & cramped living quarters!

A question I mustache

Do you have to have one to be dealt a hand in this game?

What a fascinating picture

The expressions on the faces of the players and the audience are something to behold. Like the neatly trimmed mustaches as well.

 
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