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2016.35 Mark Hall Dunlap Collection

Collection of 187 postcards and 4 photographs, originally owned by the donor’s ancestor Elmer Davidson, who served in the U.S. Navy. Photographs are dated circa 1905-1910, focused primarily on the cruise of the Great White Fleet, battleships, and life on board ship during the era. There is also a significant amount of imagery of sailors ashore around the world. It is a mix of mass produced color tinted postcards, and more personal black and white postcards. There is an emphasis on battleship gunnery drills in the black and white postcards, which may have been taken on board USS Mississippi (BB-23).
Title: Mark Hall Dunlap Collection
Caption: Collection photo # 2016.35.01 - Dusty sailors pose for a photo after coaling ship, possibly on board the battleship USS Mississippi (BB-23).
Description: Collection of 187 postcards and 4 photographs, originally owned by the donor’s ancestor Elmer Davidson, who served in the U.S. Navy. Photographs are dated circa 1905-1910, focused primarily on the cruise of the Great White Fleet, battleships, and life on board ship during the era. There is also a significant amount of imagery of sailors ashore around the world. It is a mix of mass produced color tinted postcards, and more personal black and white postcards. There is an emphasis on battleship gunnery drills in the black and white postcards, which may have been taken on board USS Mississippi (BB-23). Postcards - C.E. Waterman Series 19 black and white postcards produced by C.E. Waterman circa 1909, showing battleships in formation, individually, and in several cases with crews assembled for formal portraits. Shown are: USS Wisconsin (BB-9), USS Missouri (BB-11), USS Ohio (BB-12), USS Virginia (BB-13), USS Nebraska (BB-14), USS Georgia (BB-15), USS New Jersey (BB-16), USS Rhode Island (BB-17), USS Connecticut (BB-18), USS Louisiana (BB-19), USS Vermont (BB-20), USS Kansas (BB-21), USS Minnesota (BB-22), USS Mississippi (BB-23), USS Idaho (BB-24), USS New Hampshire (BB-25). Postcards - Brown & Shaffer Series 12 color tinted postcards produced by Brown & Shaffer circa 1909, showing battleships in heavy seas, primarily in the Pacific. Shown are: USS Illinois (BB-7), USS Wisconsin (BB-9), USS Virginia (BB-13), USS Nebraska (BB-14), USS Georgia (BB-15), USS New Jersey (BB-16), USS Rhode Island (BB-17), USS Louisiana (BB-19), USS Minnesota (BB-22). Postcards - H.H Stratton Series 51 color tinted postcards produced by H.H Stratton, showing scenes from the cruise of the Great White Fleet, 1907-1909. It is comprised primarily of scenes ashore in Asia, South America, Europe, and in the United States. Also shown is a series of individual images of the battleships USS Wisconsin (BB-9), USS Missouri (BB-11), USS Virginia (BB-13), USS Nebraska (BB-14), USS Georgia (BB-15), USS New Jersey (BB-16), USS Rhode Island (BB-17), USS Connecticut (BB-18), USS Louisiana (BB-19), USS Kansas (BB-21), USS Minnesota (BB-22), USS Mississippi (BB-23), Idaho (BB-24), USS New Hampshire (BB-25) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Postcards - Miscellaneous Professional Series 17 black and white and color tinted postcards produced by various named and unnamed professional publishers, circa 1905-1910, including Enrique Muller; William H. Rau; The Rhode Island News Company; Diamond News Company, Havana; F.M. Kirby & Company; The Middlesex Company; The Rotograph Company. Subjects shown include: USS Constellation, Submarines USS Shark (A-7) and USS Porpoise (A-6), USS Mississippi (BB-23), USS Monterey (BM-6), The Pensacola Cup 1910 with recap of previous winners, S.S. Ontario, Arrival of Rex Mardi Gras at New Orleans, ships and scenes ashore at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, semaphore key cards, and launching of USS Mississippi (BB-23). Postcards - Personal Series 88 black and white postcards that appear to have been produced from personal photographs. Most do not have captions. They show life at sea on board battleships, with a particular emphasis on gunnery drills. Also shown are coaling ship, dancing, ship’s band, mascots, torpedoes, fishing for shark, religious services, and ships in heavy seas.Based on limited captions, these photos may have been taken on board USS Mississippi (BB-23). Numerous other U.S. Navy and merchant vessels are seen, ranging from battleships to sailing vessels.
Accession #: 2016
Catalog #: 2016.35
Tags: ship_types/battleshipgunneryNHHC_Tags:special-interest/topic/great-white-fleetNHHC_Tags:epublishing_tags/cuba
Copyright Owner: Naval History and Heritage Command
After this Year: 1904
Before this Year: 1911
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Postcards - C.E. Waterman Series

19 black and white postcards produced by C.E. Waterman circa 1909, showing battleships in formation, individually, and in several cases with crews assembled for formal portraits. Shown are: USS Wisconsin (BB-9), USS Missouri (BB-11), USS Ohio (BB-12), USS Virginia (BB-13), USS Nebraska (BB-14), USS Georgia (BB-15), USS New Jersey (BB-16), USS Rhode Island (BB-17), USS Connecticut (BB-18), USS Louisiana (BB-19), USS Vermont (BB-20), USS Kansas (BB-21), USS Minnesota (BB-22), USS Mississippi (BB-23), USS Idaho (BB-24), USS New Hampshire (BB-25).

 

Postcards - Brown & Shaffer Series

12 color tinted postcards produced by Brown & Shaffer circa 1909, showing battleships in heavy seas, primarily in the Pacific. Shown are: USS Illinois (BB-7), USS Wisconsin (BB-9), USS Virginia (BB-13), USS Nebraska (BB-14), USS Georgia (BB-15), USS New Jersey (BB-16), USS Rhode Island (BB-17), USS Louisiana (BB-19), USS Minnesota (BB-22).

 

Postcards - H.H Stratton Series

51 color tinted postcards produced by H.H Stratton, showing scenes from the cruise of the Great White Fleet, 1907-1909. It is comprised primarily of scenes ashore in Asia, South America, Europe, and in the United States. Also shown is a series of individual images of the battleships USS Wisconsin (BB-9), USS Missouri (BB-11), USS Virginia (BB-13), USS Nebraska (BB-14), USS Georgia (BB-15), USS New Jersey (BB-16), USS Rhode Island (BB-17), USS Connecticut (BB-18), USS Louisiana (BB-19), USS Kansas (BB-21), USS Minnesota (BB-22), USS Mississippi (BB-23), Idaho (BB-24), USS New Hampshire (BB-25) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

 

Postcards - Miscellaneous Professional Series

17 black and white and color tinted postcards produced by various named and unnamed professional publishers, circa 1905-1910, including Enrique Muller; William H. Rau; The Rhode Island News Company; Diamond News Company, Havana; F.M. Kirby & Company; The Middlesex Company; The Rotograph Company. Subjects shown include: USS Constellation, Submarines USS Shark (A-7) and USS Porpoise (A-6), USS Mississippi (BB-23), USS Monterey (BM-6), The Pensacola Cup 1910 with recap of previous winners, S.S. Ontario, Arrival of Rex Mardi Gras at New Orleans, ships and scenes ashore at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, semaphore key cards, and launching of USS Mississippi (BB-23).

 

Postcards - Personal Series

88 black and white postcards that appear to have been produced from personal photographs. Most do not have captions. They show life at sea on board battleships, with a particular emphasis on gunnery drills. Also shown are coaling ship, dancing, ship’s band, mascots, torpedoes, fishing for shark, religious services, and ships in heavy seas.Based on limited captions, these photos may have been taken on board USS Mississippi (BB-23). Numerous other U.S. Navy and merchant vessels are seen, ranging from battleships to sailing vessels.

Topic
  • Heritage-Customs and Traditions
  • Boats-Ships--Battleship
Document Type
  • Photograph
Wars & Conflicts
File Formats
  • Image (gif, jpg, tiff)
Location of Archival Materials