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15271a. (mounted photo) U.S. Signal Service Station, Morris Island, South Carolina c.1890’s. Measures 6” x 8” on 11” x 14” mat. The US Signal Service was organized to open and maintain communications, to note the development and progress of storms, to predict probable future atmospheric conditions and to report on the conditions of the sea and navigable rivers. In the later 1870’s, some forty odd observation stations were established in the principal cities of the country. The organization was sufficiently complete so that on the 1st of January, 1871, regular reports of weather observations taken synchronously were telegraphically reported to the Washington office. Signal Service Stations were established in connection with lighthouses and life-saving stations, connected by telegraph and offered communications to ships at sea by light or flag (and later by radio). They also summoned assistance to vessels in distress from the nearest life-saving stations or ports. After the turn of the century this organization would become the U.S. Weather Bureau. This rare photo shows the small signal station on the coastline of Morris Island, SC. Great detail includes Whole Gale warning flag flying as the station crew poses for the camera. Photo clean and clear. Mat has some light soiling, light edge wear. (VG). $110.

15271b. (mounted photo) U.S. Signal Service Station, St. Simons Island, Georgia c.1890’s. Measures 6” x 8” on 11” x 14” mat. The US Signal Service was organized to open and maintain communications, to note the development and progress of storms, to predict probable future atmospheric conditions and to report on the conditions of the sea and navigable rivers. In the later 1870’s, some forty odd observation stations were established in the principal cities of the country. The organization was sufficiently complete so that on the 1st of January, 1871, regular reports of weather observations taken synchronously were telegraphically reported to the Washington office. Signal Service Stations were established in connection with lighthouses and life-saving stations, connected by telegraph and offered communications to ships at sea by light or flag (and later by radio). They also summoned assistance to vessels in distress from the nearest life-saving stations or ports. After the turn of the century this organization would become the U.S. Weather Bureau. This rare photo shows the small signal station on the coastline of St. Simons Island, GA. Great detail includes warning flag flying as the station crew poses on the roof lookout for the camera. Photo clean and clear. Mat has some light soiling, light edge wear, two 1” chips to edge of mat. (VG). $100.

15271c. (mounted photo) U.S. Signal Service Station Headquarters, Charleston, South Carolina c.1890’s. Measures 6” x 8” on 11” x 14” mat. The US Signal Service was organized to open and maintain communications, to note the development and progress of storms, to predict probable future atmospheric conditions and to report on the conditions of the sea and navigable rivers. In the later 1870’s, some forty odd observation stations were established in the principal cities of the country. The organization was sufficiently complete so that on the 1st of January, 1871, regular reports of weather observations taken synchronously were telegraphically reported to the Washington office. Signal Service Stations were established in connection with lighthouses and life-saving stations, connected by telegraph and offered communications to ships at sea by light or flag (and later by radio). They also summoned assistance to vessels in distress from the nearest life-saving stations or ports. After the turn of the century this organization would become the U.S. Weather Bureau. This rare photo shows the large headquarters building of the Signal Service at Charleston, SC. Great detail includes Whole Gale warning flag flying from the flag mast. Photo clean and clear. Mat has some light soiling, light edge wear. (VG). $85.

1649. (stereoview) Erie Land Lighthouse, Pennsylvania c.1890’s. View by Weber’s City Views. This was the third light tower at this interesting light station. Good detail. Clean, light edge wear. (VG). $68.

 

13458. (lot 3 photos) Captain Mark Casto of the Schooner “Alberta” Rescued crew for Freighter “Cherokee” Gold Medal Awarded January 14, 1906. Three rare period photos include Captain Mark Casto, his crew of the Schooner Alberta, and view of the rescue off Atlantic City for which he was awarded a gold Carnegie Hero Fund Medal. Captain Casto was a 36-year-old commercial fisherman from Pleasantville, N.J., who ran a 58-foot, 10-ton fishing schooner, the Alberta, out of Atlantic City. On Jan. 14, 1906, a 2,256-ton freighter with 54 persons aboard went aground on the Brigantine shoals in the Atlantic Ocean and was taking on water. Casto and a six-man volunteer crew took the Alberta through 25-foot seas to the rescue. When the schooner was within 200 feet of the freighter, its crew launched two dories. One was smashed on the deck by a large wave, and the other, with Casto aboard, was broken apart when it hit the side of the freighter. Having conferred with the captain of the freighter, Casto returned to his boat in one of the freighter’s lifeboats, taking with him one end of a secured line. By means of that line, the Alberta was pulled closer to the freighter. Another lifeboat from the freighter was secured by lines affixed to the vessels, and, in 12 trips, it shuttled the 54 crew and passengers from the freighter to the schooner. The Alberta returned to shore under sail, as its engine was then disabled. For his efforts, Casto was awarded the gold medal later that year, and accompanying financial grants were used to pay the mortgage on the Alberta and assume schooling costs for his son, Mark Jacob Casto. The younger Casto was trained as an engineer at Carnegie Institute of Technology, which is now Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. In 2004, the Casto family donated the medal to the university’s archival collection. Photos are original and from the period, on postcard paper. 3 ½” x 5”. Rare rescue lot. (VG+). $125.

 

1550a. (large lot photos, slides) Military Bands, Color Guards, Ceremonial Units, etc c.1950-1980’s. Exceptional lot consists of Military Bands, Color Guards, Ceremonial Units, funeral processions and more from the 1950’s through the 1980’s with additional views back to the 1920’s and 1930’s. The large lot includes over 160 official b/w and color photographs (8” x 10”), and 90 color slides. Included are: General Douglas MacArthur in Manila 1935, funeral of General Douglas MacArthur, Tomb of Unknown Soldier, John Philip Sousa, US Marine Bands, The Singing Sergeants, Pipe Band, The Navy Chorus, Air Force Orchestra, Air Force Band, US Navy Concert Band, President Regan with flag-draped coffins, Viet Nam War Memorial, US Army bands, honor guards, placing wreaths, and hundreds more. Historically significant. (VG+). Lot 260 pieces $325.

 

 

13295.  (set 2 glass plate negatives) Steam Yacht Kauawha c.1900. Photo likely by William H. Tripp, New Bedford, Mass. Clear set of two glass plate negatives captures nicely palatial steam yacht Kauawha, probably in the New Bedford or Cape Cod area. Views show her from the port and starboard sides. Large images measure 4” x 5” and are clear and close. Would provide clear print images. Rare image. (VG+). $115.

13292.  (glass plate negative) Steam Yacht Geuevieve c.1900. Photo likely by William H. Tripp, New Bedford, Mass. Clear glass plate negative captures nicely the palatial steam yacht Geuevieve, probably in the New Bedford or Cape Cod area. Views show her from the port side. Large images measure 4” x 5” and is clear and close. Would provide clear print images. Rare image. (VG+). $74.

13293. (glass plate negative) Steamer Patria With Cargo of Whale Oil c.1900. Photo by William H. Tripp, New Bedford, Mass. Clear glass plate negative captures nicely large steamer at  the New Bedford dock. Writing on paper sleeve notes that the casks of whale oil on the dock are covered with seaweed to keep the casks tight and prevent drying out in the sun. Large images measure 4” x 5” and are clear and close. Would provide clear print image. Rare image. (VG+). $58.

 

29370. (copy photo) LIFE SAVER JOSHUA JAMES WITH CREW, Hull, Massachusetts c.1915. 8” x 10”. Superb, crystal clear image shows renown life-saver Joshua James posing with his crew in front of their surfboat. Keeper Joshua James, from the Hull , Mass. Life-Saving Station, was one of the most famous life-savers in Coast Guard history. Joshua James was associated with the Massachusetts Humane Society from his early youth until he was made keeper of the Hull station of the Life-Saving Service. His sixty years of rescues and the medals that he and his crews earned were never equaled by any other keeper or crew. Amazingly clear, perfect for framing. $19.95 each.

  

BR-124. (lot light station photographs) U.S. Coast Guard Official photos c.1950-1980. In 1968 the Coast Guard ordered a compilation of unit histories including light stations. Each station was to send in a short history and photos. The Coast Guard put these together in binders and continued to update them through the 1980’s. All photos are official Coast Guard photos and are of the expected high quality that we are used to in their photos. Most include a typed one or two page history of the light station. Prints are silver prints, all 8” x 10” b/w and are clear and crisp, most taken from the air at close range. There are 57 photos total and include the following: 

(Maine) Saddleback Ledge Lt., Bear Island Lt., Egg Rock Lt., Mt. Desert Island Lt., Burnt Coat Harbor Lt.;

(Massachusetts) Boston Light Station (2), Buzzards Bay Lt., Minot’s Ledge Lt., Cape Ann – Thacher’s Island Lt (2);

(Rhode Island) Point Judith Light Station (2), Warwick Lt;

(Maryland) Smith Point Light Station, Thomas Point Lt;

(Virginia) Cape Henry Lights

(California) Point Conception Light Station, Point Vincente Lt., Point Hueneme Lt., Ancapa Island Lt., Point Loma Lt., Los Angeles Lt., Crescent City Lt., Piedras Blancos Lt., Point Pinos Lt., Cape Mendicino Lt;

(Washington) Marrowstone Point Light Station, Turn Point Lt., Smith Island Lt., Cape Flattery Lt., New Dungeness Lt., Alki Point Lt., Destruction Island Lt., North Head Lt., Cape Disappointment Lt., Grays Harbor Lt., Mukilteo Lt., Patos Island Lt., Burrows Island Lt., Point Robinson Lt., Slip Point Lt., Point Wilson Lt., Point No Point Lt., Westport Lt., West Point Lt., Lime Kiln Lt;

(Oregon) Umpqua River Light Station, Yaquina Head Lt., Cape Blanco Lt., Cape Arago Lt., Heceta Head Lt;

(Alaska) Five Finger Light Station;

(Hawaii) Nwwiliwili Light Station, Molokai Lt., Diamond Head Lt;

Priced $15 each.

11427a,b. (photo) Christiana Beacon Light c.1900. Also known as the Christiana North Jetty Light, it was first established as a beacon on a post in1884 near Wilmington , Delaware . Later a lens lantern or acetylene light was mounted on this wood frame tower at the end of the jetty that housed a fog bell. The light operated in conjunction with the Christiana Lighthouse and was connected by an electrical line to activate the fog bell striker. The bell was a 2,100 pound fog bell. In 1884 the beacon is listed as showing a fixed white light and in 1901 a fixed red light. Rare image of this little known light. Measures 2 ¼” x 3 ¼” on remains of album page. Clean, clear. (VG+). $16.

1263. (photo) Chenequa Fire Department Engine 2, Hartland, Wisconsin c.1970. Pierce Fire Apparatus original delivery photograph taken c.1970 at the factory before delivery. 8” x 10”. International 1300 with 750 GPM front-end pump. The Village of Chenequa is located in the “lake country” portion of Waukesha County, about 30 miles west of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Fire coverage is provided by the Hartland Fire Department. (VG). $6.

26187a. (mounted photo) Sailing off lighthouse / breakwater c.1920. Mounted photo, good view of sailboat passing breakwater lighthouse. May be Edgartown lighthouse or New England area, not sure yet. Large image measures 4 ½” x 6 ½” on 6 ½” x 8 ½” mount. Light wear. (VG). $16.

 

1201. (cabinet photo) Sailor, Astoria, Oregon c.1880. Early image, clear and close by W.A. Mooers in Astoria, Oregon. Can make out some letters on cap tally “…ST  HOUSE …. “. Clean, clear. (VG+). $18.

 

   

7499e. (photo) Long Beach Bar Light Station, Gardiner’s Bay, New York c.1950.Close clear view of the Long Beach Bar Light Station. Built in 1848, it served until 1956 when it was sold. It was burned by vandals July 4, 1963. Great view, b/w,  8” x 10”, clear and close. Official Coast Guard photograph with credit line on back. (F-). $28.

11275. (photo) Keeper Frank Schubert, Coney Island Lighthouse c.1991. Color photo 8” x 10” shows Keeper Schubert, last civilian keeper at Coney Island Light Station. The last civilian keeper at Coney Island Lighthouse was Frank Schubert, who began his lighthouse career in 1938 aboard the buoy tender Tulip. He followed that with time at the offshore Old Orchard Lighthouse, and then was assigned to the Army Transportation Service during World War II. After the war, he served as the keeper of three lights at Governors Island. While stationed there, his wife, Marie, and their three children lived on Staten Island. In 1960, Schubert accepted an assignment to the Coney Island Light as his family would finally be able to live with him at the station to which he was assigned. When interviewed by New York Times reporter, Mrs. Shubert explained “We’ve gone from one extreme to another. We never used to see Frank. Now he never leaves home.” Keeper Shubert’s duties included tending the light and the 1,000-pound fog bell. When he could no longer see Hoffman and Swinburne Islands, he would turn the bell on. In an emergency, or if the power went out, Schubert said that the fog bell could be hit “with a sledgehammer.” Schubert’s wife passed away in the late 1980s. When the station was automated in 1989, he was allowed to stay on as a caretaker, continuing to climb the 87 steps to the lantern every day to perform required maintenance duties. During his years of service, Shubert was credited with saving the lives of fifteen sailors and was invited for a visit to the White House by President George H. W. Bush. He and his dog, Blazer, remained on duty until December 11 of 2003, when Schubert passed away at the age of 88 as the last of the Coast Guard’s civilian lighthouse keepers. His lighthouse career had lasted 65 years, including the final 43 years at Coney Island Lighthouse. "The Coast Guard mourns the loss of its most courageous sentry of the sea," said Capt. Craig T. Bone, commander of Coast Guard Activities New York. "His devotion to duty and courage are unequaled." Wonderful photo by Marvin E. Newman. $22.

U. S. Lighthouse Service b/w presentation slides c.1920-30

  

28450. (Lot over 117 glass projection slides) U. S. Lighthouse Service b/w presentation slides c.1920-30. This lot was found in the Ludington Coast Guard station in the 1970’s-80’s. The lot was produced by the Lighthouse Service and was likely used in various presentations put on by the U.S. Lighthouse Service and Coast Survey in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Slides measure 3 ¼” x 4” and contain fine, clear b/w photographic images of all aspects of the operation of the U.S. Lighthouse Service including light vessels, tenders, construction of lighthouses, lenses, lamps, fog signal equipment, radiobeacons, clock rotation equipment, airways beacons, interior views, flasher and burner mechanisms, lamp changers, models, buoys, historical letters, submarine signals and much more. Glass slides are all in very good condition, most excellent. There are only three or four that have an cracks or damage at all, and these are minor cracks in the corner of the glass. Each is nicely labeled as to subject and/or location, sometimes with date of image. Please inquire.

10468. (framed albumen photograph) Steamship Portland - Portland Steam Packet Company c.1890’s. Large format albumen photo of the Portland Steam Packet Company Steamer 'Portland' 'Only line between Boston and Portland and Northern and Eastern Resorts', a broadside view of the side-wheeler underway with crowd on deck, in original pressed golden oak frame, with captioned mount, original rippled glass. 19 ½” x 29 ¼” image, frame 33 ¼” x 43”. Please inquire. 

 

1172. (print) “Kate’s Light” by Len F. Tantillo. 21” x 28” on heavy weight stock. Superb print is from the painting of Robbins Reef Lighthouse by New York State historical and marine artist Len F. Tantillo. Robbins Reef lighthouse is on  the West Side Main Channel in Upper New York Bay . In 1839, the first lighthouse to mark this navigational hazard was constructed: an octagonal stone tower, painted white, that stood atop a stone base. In 1883 this four-story, iron “sparkplug” tower was erected. The bottom story served as a kitchen and dining room, and was originally encircled by a partially enclosed porch. A pair of bedrooms was located on the second floor. To give the tower a distinctive marking, the top half was painted white and the bottom portion brown. The brown and white cylindrical lighthouse stands as monument to the lady who "kept the good light" for over 30 years. Her name was Kate Walker and the captains in the harbor affectionately refer to Robbin's Reef as "Kate's Light". Kate was respected by all for her courage and stamina. She could be seen rowing her children to school each day on Staten Island and is responsible for saving many a stranded boater. If you look closely, you will see Keeper Kate Walker standing on the lower gallery as she watches the U.S. Lighthouse Service Buoy tender working the waters around the lighthouse. To the right, in the distance, you can see the Statue of Liberty. Quality print is on heavy weight stock and is rich in color and includes superb detail of the turn-of-the-century scene. Perfect for framing. $139.

11125. (photo) Lighthouse Keeper Poses With His Family c.1890. Great detail in this rare early image. The keeper stands against a stone wall in the foreground with his wife, and child holding her doll. Beside them stands a young man holding his bicycle. Behind them can be seen the keeper’s well kept home. The keeper’s hat insignia and a few buttons can be clearly seen. Believe this to be a southern New England lighthouse keeper. Photo is large, measuring 7” x 10” and is in original 12 ½” x 15 ½” oak frame. Photo was re-matted in the 1990’s with a double mat. Unusually large, rare early image. Very light foxing. (VG). $225.

1180. (photo) Fog Signal Trumpet and Gallery Railing, Caisson-style Lighthouse c.1939. Clear, close original 7” x 9” press photo shows great detail of the large fog signal trumpet extending over the gallery of this offshore caisson-style lighthouse. Probably Chesapeake Bay area. Photo is b/w and includes date and credit line and description on back. Dated July 26, 1939. Clear and close view. (VG+). $56.

1122. (tintype) Life Guard c.1860- 1870. 1/6th plate. Offered is an incredibly rare occupational tintype of a lifeguard posing for the camera. The subject is standing in the photographer’s studio, with a lifeboat image in the background. Clearly visible is the gentleman’s sweater, with the words “LIFE GUARD” visible to the camera. Tintypes, also known as a ferrotypes, originated in the early 1850’s and became the choice for photographers before photographic paper was invented. The use of this form peaked in the 1861-1870 period and began to give way to other forms of photography by 1900. Tintypes were produced on a metallic sheet (not actually tin) instead of the more common glass plates. The sheet was coated and sensitized just before use, as in the wet plate process. These early metal plates were then placed in the back of a box camera and exposed directly though the camera lens. Because of this all forms of early photography resulted in a mirror image of the subject, as is this image. The most common size for a tintype was 2 5/8” x 3 ¼” [1/6 plate], but they were made in numerous sizes. Tintypes were the first inexpensive photographic print and as such, made photography available to the working class. Also, being quite rugged, tintypes could be sent by mail, and many photographers did quite a trade visiting the encampments during the Civil War. Measures 2 3/8” x 3 9/16”. Condition is very good, clear, good contrast, light scratches. (VG). $225.

10104. (copy photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service, Tompkinsville Depot, Staten Island c.1900. 8” x 10”. Great digital copy photograph, clear image from original photo, shows the pier at the Lighthouse Depot with stores stockpiled for the lightships moored alongside. Labeled “Loading lightships with stores, Thompkinsville”. Shipped flat. $18.

     

1090. (photo lot) Collision and Sinking of the Italian Liner Andrea Doria, July 25, 1956. Lot of 15 Associated Press Wire Photos with captions show the Italian liner Andrea Doria and the Stockholm, Coast Guard cutters Evergreen and Campbell sent to the scene, and many of the rescued passengers on board the rescue liner Ile de France, on the Stockholm, and at St. Vincent’s Hospital. 8” x 10” b/w clear, crisp images. Excellent lot. (VG+). $215.

 

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