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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Maine Stage: 1896

Maine Stage: 1896

Aboard the U.S.S. Maine in 1896. "A fancy dress ball." Our second look at these seafaring thespians aboard the ill-fated battleship. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Creative Sailors

You would be surprised how creative sailors can be when it is time to dress up. Any of you here that have been though or know a person that has been through a Shellback ceremony on both the giving and receiving end of such an event will heartily attest to that fact. Nothing scary here, just shipmates from the past saying hello.

You guys promised

what happens on the Maine stays on the Maine!

The important thing:

is that they are having fun.

Nothing to be disturbed about

I don’t know what people find disturbing about this photo. For me is fascinating. In today’s world we have instant access to things thousands of times creepier and for some of them you don’t even need pictures to shiver about. But maybe I’m very used to vintage images and customs.

Don't worry, men

They haven't invented Facebook yet so nobody will ever see these embarrassing photos.

Cast Members

I think that if I saw a cast like this anywhere, I would seriously consider running for my life.

Saw this in a nightmare.

Scary stuff Dave, scary stuff. Especially the third one standing from the left.

This photo

is most disturbing.

 
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