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Cast and Crew: 1896

Cast and Crew: 1896

Aboard the U.S.S. Maine in 1896. "A fancy dress ball." Our third look at these costumed revelers aboard the ill-fated battleship, which blew up two years later in Havana Harbor, precipitating the Spanish-American War. 8x10 inch glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Navy off-whites?

Looking at the sailor on the left leaning up against the wall, I'm always mindful that there were no handy washing machines on-board or the kinds of modern detergents that would have kept these sailor's uniforms clean and living up to "navy whites" Sailors' uniforms today must frequently pass inspection by commanding officers.

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