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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, Tompkinsville”. Shipped flat. $18. 

 

28440. (photograph) Old Point Comfort Light Station, Christmas Season 1953. Original 7 ½” x 9” b/w photo provides a close clear view of the station including the light lit for the evening, and the early light-keeper’s quarters lit up as the keeper’s family prepares for the holiday. News caption on the back notes that Keeper Bob West has to stay on duty most of the evening. News photo, dated December 20, 1953. Clear, close, light stain lower margin. (VG). $54. 

1128. (photo print) First Order Light House for Cape Hatteras, N.C. 1869. Elevation View. 6” x 9 ½” color photo of original architectural plan elevation view of the lighthouse tower at Cape Hatteras. Great detail, shows well, would be fine matted and framed. $18.

ERS-26. Submarine Nautilus preparing for Arctic trip c.1930. Close 8” x 10” press photo shows the reconditioned and renamed submarine Nautilus tied up at the Brooklin Nevy Yard in preparation for a proposed trip to the Arctic. In 1930 Sir Hubert Wilkins made plans for a trans-Atlantic trip via the North Pole using a submarine for the purpose of gathering meterological data in the pole area. Wilkins leased a submarine and renamed her Nautilus. The ship was 175 feet in length and weighed in at 560 tons. It was capable of diving to a depth of 200 feet and could support a crew of twenty men for five days. The expedition suffered losses before they even left New York Harbor. Willard Grimmer the quartermaster was knocked overboard and drowned in the harbor. Wilkins was undaunted and drove on with preparations for a series of test cruises and dives before they were to undertake their trans-Atlantic voyage. However difficulties continued to plague the mission until Wilkins was forced to end the first expedition to the poles in a submarine and head for England. Even this was not to be, as he was forced to take refuge in the port of Bergen Norway because of a fierce storm that they encountered en route. The Nautilus suffered serious damage that made further use of the vessel unfeasible. Wilkins received permission from the United States Navy to sink the vessel off shore in a Norwegian fjord on November 20, 1931.Photo has some wear, one coener missing, a few creases, chips. With credit line and description on back. (G+) $28.

2619c. (stereoview) The Southwest Ledge - Ship John Shoal lighthouse, 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition  by Centennial Photographic Company c.1876. The 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, the first exposition of its kind in the United States , was held to mark the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. More than ten million visitors visited the works of 30,000 exhibitors during its six month run. This important view provides good detail of the Southwest Ledge - Ship John Shoal lighthouse at the Lighthouse Establishment exhibit there. Built to be located at Southwest Ledge in Delaware , it was one of the first of its kind, built on a cylindrical iron foundation, designed to prevent flowing ice from inflicting damage to the foundation. The 45-foot-tall lighthouse is an eight-sided three-story cast iron structure with a Mansard roof covering the top two stories. Atop the tower is an octagonal lantern room surmounted by an ogee octagonal roof. The lighthouse design was deemed such a marvel, that when the superstructure intended for Southwest Ledge was completed, it was put on display at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia , shining its light every night from July 4, 1876 until the close of the exhibition. A keeper lived at the lighthouse, tending the light each night. The displayed superstructure never found its way to Southwest Ledge. An identical structure being built was sent to Southwest Ledge during the Exposition so that construction would not be delayed. After the Exposition, the superstructure on display was sent to Ship John Shoal in Delaware . Large format stereoview, clean and crisp, a wonderful clear close view. (VG). $119.

Noted author and photographer Bruce Roberts photos. 8" x 10" Signed by the photographer. Include Ponce Inlet LH, Pensacola LH, Jupiter Inlet LH, St. Augustine LH. $34 each. Ask for others available. 

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, Tompkinsville”. Shipped flat. $18. 

10155. (film strip) The Story of Lighthouses, Lightships and Lifeboats. Ladybird Film Strips. From book of similar name by Olwen Reed. Traces the development of lighthouse and life boat services in Great Britain. Clear images from paintings based on Olwen Reed’s book. In original metal can container. (VG+) $18.

27248. (photo) Descending the Lighthouse Stairs. c.1978 Fine 6” x 9” press photograph shows an attendant or visitor descending the lighthouse stairway. Clear, fine view for framing. Includes press credits and newspaper view on the back. (VG). $48.

 

27331a. (cabinet photo) Worcester, Massachusetts Fire Department Firefighter c.1880. Superb clear, close portrait photograph of young mustachioed firefighter of the Worcester Fire Department. Taken by Critcherson Photographer, 326 Main Street, Worcester, Mass. Photo is clean and clear, a fine early view. (VG+). $54

27331b. (cabinet photo) Worcester, Massachusetts Fire Department Firefighter c.1880. Superb clear, close portrait photograph of a mature  mustachioed firefighter of the Worcester Fire Department. Taken by Davis Photographer, Main & Park Streets, Worcester, Mass. Photo is clean and clear, a fine early view. (F-). $64

Other similar firefighter view available for Waltham. 

  

Copy photos from Coast Guard / National Archives 8x10 b/w $20 each:

Point Hueneme Lt. Sta. 1893 H. Bamber view

Oakland Harbor Lt. Sta. 1918 view

Cape Flattery Lt. Sta. 1940’s

Cape Flattery Lt. Sta. 1893 H. Bamber view (2)

Construction St. George Reef Lt. Sta.

St George Reef CG

St. George Reef Lt. Sta. (2)

West Point Lt. Sta., Wa

Tillamook Rock Lt. Sta. (2)

Tillamook Rock Lt. Sta. (from painting) (2)

Tillamook Rock Lt. Sta. w/ LJH Tender

Destruction Island Lt. Sta. (2)

Willapa Bay Lt. Sta.

Ano Nuevo Lt. Sta.

Port Aransas Lt. Sta. 1943

Grand Marais Lt. Sta. 1914 Lake Superior

Cattle Point, Wa., Lt. Sta.

Cape Disappointment Lt. Sta. (2)

S. Farallon Lt. Sta. 1859

Farallon Island Lt. Sta. 1925 (2)

Hudson City Lt. Sta., Selkirk , NY

Cape Flattery Lt. Sta., Tatoosh Island (2)

Punta Gorda Lt. Sta.

Piedras Blancas Lt. Sta.

Cape Hinchinbrook Lt. Sta. 1950’s

Scotch Cap Lt. Sta., Ak

Lincoln Rock Lt. Sta., Ak

Cape Decision Lt. Sta., Ak

Eatons Neck Lt. Sta., Long Island

2989. (lot negatives / contact prints) Walter L. Main Circus Parade c.1900. Lot of 10 wonderful close, clear views show portions of the circus parade of the Walter L. Main Circus c.1900. Walter L. Main, had an outstanding career in the circus business during 1887-1939. His Walter Main Circus, headquartered in Geneva, Ohio, was, at a time, one of the largest traveling railroad circuses in the world. After selling his own circus in 1905 he reverted to primarily leasing his name to other showmen. That was the case in 1932, when it went to James Heron, and 1933, when Tom Gorman had it. The Walter L. Main Circus was a popular circus during the late 1800s through mid-1900s. Main's circus outfit had to perform in smaller cities during this time because of stiff competition from the larger circus companies taking dates in the bigger cities of America. Main’s circus offered such performers as Adelle Houbignant (the greatest somersaulting bare back rider of all time), Aline Dumas (France's loveliest and most intrepid queen of the lofty trapeze), Mike and Ike ( the world famous twin-midgets), Miss Naida Miller (whirlwind on the high wire), Major and Mrs. Pee Wee McLaughlin, a wolfman, clowns galore and much more. Negative views include: Ponies pulling a large circus wagon lettered "WALTER L MAIN SHOWS."; young child walking alongside parade of soldiers; uniformed members of un-named Lodge organization marching; two men on horseback, in royal attire, in front of animal cage; Woman jumping from high pole into net; soldiers / band on horseback; line of four circus elephants; early automobile; men on horseback with a flag – labeled “Turks”; and a woman in ethnic clothing riding a camel. Additional contact prints (without negatives) include: Features man in horse drawn carriage with African American children walking along side. "Buffalo Bill" handwritten on back; Native Americans on horseback; Soldiers riding caisson - handwritten on back: "Gatlin Gun”; and mules pulling stagecoach. Each negative is in a labeled envelope with notations on the outside. Large format negatives measure approximately 3 ½” x 4 ½”. Overall condition of the negatives is very good. Ten negatives, 20 contact prints (some duplication). Wonderful close, clear views. (VG). $128.

28439. (photograph) "New York’s Only Light-House". Original 6” x 8” b/w photo provides a close clear view of the new light-house recently built atop a new office building overlooking the Harlem River, intended for use as an aviation beacon. News photo, not dated, includes description on back.  December 20, 1953. Clear, close, a few light spots. (VG). $54. 

28115. (photo) Richard E Byrd Fourth Antarctic Expedition 1946 – 1947. Large 8” x 10” b/w photo shows two of the many vessels for Admiral Byrd’s fourth expedition moored at Wellington, New Zealand. Included in the photo are the Navy icebreaker U. S. S. Mount Olympus (his flagship) and Coast Guard Cutter Northwind at the pier. By the late 1930's, officials of the United States government were becoming aware of the fact that interest in the Antarctic regions was gaining popular momentum among its citizenry due to the successful expeditions of Byrd. President Franklin D. Roosevelt took an active role in creating the United States Antarctic Service as he pushed for additional Antarctic expeditions. The fourth culminating expedition, Operation Highjump, was the largest Antarctic expedition to date. The total number of personnel involved was over 4,000. The armada arrived in the Ross Sea on December 31, 1946 and made aerial explorations of an area half the size of the United States, recording ten new mountain ranges. Byrd made his second flight over the South Pole before returning to the U.S. (VG). $18.

28100a. (stereoview) Richmond Pearson Hobson “The Hero of the Merrimac” c.1898 by Strohmeyer & Wyman Publishers, New York. Richard Hobson was born in Alabama, Hobson graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1889. Hobson then served at various Navy Yards and facilities, including a tour of duty as instructor at the Naval Academy. In the early days of the Spanish American War, he was with Admiral William T. Sampson in New York, and arrived off Santiago on June 1, 1898. In order to bottle up the Spanish squadron, Hobson took temporary command of collier Merrimac, which he would attempt to sink as an obstruction in the channel. The attempt was made early June 3rd under heavy Spanish fire, which disabled the steering gear of the collier. Hobson did sink the Merrimac, but was unable to place her in the shallowest part of the channel. With his intrepid crew of six, he was picked up by Admiral Cervera himself, and treated quite chivalrously for his gallant expedition. Hobson was advanced ten numbers in grade after the war for his heroics and later, in 1933 was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic attempt to block the channel was made a rear admiral by act of Congress. He later became a naval architect, author, and lecturer; and was elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1915). Clear, close view shows Hobson as a young man shortly after his war exploits posing on a pier with ships behind. Nice view, light wear, excellent historical Naval image. (VG+).   $44.

2846. (photo) Lighthouse Lantern “Beacons of the Sea” by M. W. Sampson. Fine early photo, possibly intended for a phot contest, provides an unusually close, clear view of a 5th order 1870’s type iron lighthouse lantern and lens. Photo measures 8” x 10 ½” and is mounted on period mat. Light aging or soiling, would be striking matted and framed. (VG). $44.

Lot of 60 Lighthouse Apparatus Photographs by Chance Brothers c.1873-1881

Superb lot of 60 albumen photographs of dioptic lighthouse apparatus by Chance Brothers, Birmingham c.1873-1881. Original photographs measured 7” x 11 ½” and each was mounted on separate heavy printed catalogue page. Lot appears to have been from Chance Brothers catalogue or book of some type. An unprecedented find of early, original photographs. 

 1. For Bull Point Ilfracombe 1879.  2.  Trinity House London.  3.  Bull Point Near Ilfracombe 1879.  4. Trinity House London.  5. Vlakke Hork Sumatra 1877.  6.  Trinity House London.  7.  King Island Victoria. 8.  Boompjes Java.  9.  Point Malcolm Lake Alexandria South Australia 1877.  10.   Souter Point Coast Of North Umberland.  11. The South Stack Lower Light 1880.  12. Souter Point Coast Of Northumberland.  13.  South Stack Lower Light 1880.  14. South Foreland High Lighthouse.  15. Hooki Breaker Point Dodd Island China 1880.  16. South Foreland High Lighthouse.  17. Anvil Point Dorset 1881.  18. South Foreland Third Order.  19. Macquarie New South Wales 1881.  20. South Foreland Fixed Light.  21. Fort Cornwallis Penang Straits Settlement 1881.  22. Wolf Rock Coast Of Cornwall.  23. Wolf Rock Revolving Light.  24. Tearaght Ireland.  25. Fixed Light For Goverment Of Austria.  26. Flamborough Head Yorkshire.  27. Revolving Flamborough Head Yorkshire Coast.  28. Great Basses Rock Ceylon.  29. Gun Cay Lighthouse Bahamas.  30. Port Of Dublin.  31. Bidston Lighthouse Nr Birkenhead.  32. The Longstone Fern Island 1873.  33. North Breakwater Holy Head 1873.  34. Start Point Devon 1873.  35. Longships Lands End Cornwall 1873.  36. Lowestoft High Light Suffolk 1873.  37. Hartland Point Devon 1873.  38. Red Shades Hartland Point Devon 1873.  39. Cowan Cowan Pouint Queensland 1874.  40. Dungeness 1875.  41. Red Sectors Dungeness 1875.  42. The Little Basses Ceylon 1876.  43. The Casquets Rocks English Channel Exhibited At Brussels 1876.  44.  The Casquets Rocks Exhibited At Brussels 1876.  45. St Tudwall South Islet Wales 1876.  46.  St Tudwall Cardigan Bay 1876.  47. Dioptric Lighthouse Apparatus For Anegada De Afeura Vera Cruz.  48. Dioptric Lighthouse Apparatus For Mexico.  49. Dioptric Lighthouse Apparatus For Brazil.  50. Dioptric Lighthouse Apparatus, Condensing Light With Fixed Apparatus.  51. Dioptric Lighthouse Apparatus For Heligoland North Sea.  

# C26151. Set of 60 high quality Jpg images @ 600dpi on CD available $18.

  Original Lighthouse Photography by Bruce Roberts.

 

 Bruce Roberts has been a well known and respected lighthouse historian, photographer and author since the subject gained the nation’s interest in the 1980’s. The former Director of Photography and Senior Photographer at Southern Living Magazine, Bruce was also a member of the legendary 1960s photo staff of The Charlotte Observer, which pioneered the use of the 35mm camera and natural light for newspaper photography. For over twenty years, lighthouses have become his favorite subject. His renowned lighthouse photography has appeared in hundreds of books and magazines including Southern Lighthouses and American Lighthouses.  Bruce has also done freelance photography for Life Magazine, Sports Illustrated and many others. He has coauthored numerous best selling lighthouse books as well as numerous other historical books. His photography is respected world wide and some are part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. He is also a founding charter member of the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society . “Bruce Roberts has earned the right to be acknowledged as one of our era’s most important photojournalists, and although he seldom displays them, he has a room full of awards to prove it.” says co-author Ray Jones.

We have been most fortunate to obtain from Mr. Roberts a selection of his early lighthouse photographs done for his first  lighthouse series with Globe Pequot;  Northern Lighthouses and Southern Lighthouses. These prints were hand printed by Mr. Roberts at the time and all bear his signature on the back. They are all printed on double weight fiber based paper of the same type used for museum archival printing. All are silver prints done by hand and tray processed – an art that is fast fading away today, being replaced by digital photography. Because of the process and paper used, these museum quality prints will last a hundred years into the future.  

Presently we have 37 prints available in 8 x 10 and 11 x 14 format, with pricing from $25 to $125. Light stations include: (Maine) Portland Head (2), Pemaquid Point (3), Portland Breakwater (1) , Owls Head (1), Fort Point (1) , (Mass.)  Nobska (3), (Conn.) New London (1), (Maryland) Assateague (1),  (Virginia) Portsmouth Lightship (2), Old Point Comfort (1802) (2), Old & New Cape Henry (1), (Georgia) Cockspur Island (1), (Florida) St. Augustine (1), Pensacola (5), Port Boca Grande (Gasparilla Is.) (1), (Alabama) Sand Island (1), Mobile Bay (1), (Texas) Old Point Isabel (shown below) (2), Bolivar Point (shown below) (1),

We have shown just a few here but this medium does not do them justice. When matted and framed, you will have a lovely work of art for your wall. Many more are available. Please ask for specific stations noted above and we will email you images available and pricing. 

Fort Point, Maine 11 x 14 $125,  Pensacola, Fl. 8 x 10 $44,  Old Point Isabel, Texas 6 x 9 $40

   

 Drum Point (Md), Ponce Inlet (Fl), Jupiter Inlet (Fl), Tybee Island (Ga), Boca Grande (Fl), Hooper's Strait (Md), Sand Island (Al). Please inquire for pricing.

Bolivar Point, (Tx) 6 x 9 $45

U. S. Coast Guard photos: Tillamook Rock Lighthouse (Ca), Cleveland West Pierhead LH, Two Harbors LH, Chicago Harbor LH, Buffalo Harbor LH. Also many of motor lifeboats, patrol boats,  and stations available. Please inquire.

  

8333n. [stereoview] International Exhibition 1876, Machinery Exhibit. (c.1870’s). By Centennial Photographic  Co. (VG+). $18.

8333L. [stereo view] THE GREAT LIGHT-HOUSE LENS MOUNTED FOR WORK,  ELECTRIC BUILDING , WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION. B. W. Kilburn view,  Littleton, NH . c. 1893. Rare stereo view of the large bi-valve first-order lens at the Light-House Establishment exhibit in the Electric Building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. This is a clean, detailed view showing the large lens and clockwork rotating mechanism, and other portions of the electric exhibit. Nice, clear, clean view, light wear. (VG).  $34.

8333o. [stereo view] [LIGHT-HOUSE EXHIBIT, U. S. GOVERNMENT BUILDING – TRANSEPT LOOKING SOUTH. International Exhibition 1876. (c.1876). By Centennial Photographic Co. Rare stereo view of the large first-order and other lenses at the Light-House Establishment exhibit at the 1876 International  Exposition. This is an extremely clean, detailed view showing most of the two lenses, Lighthouse Service ensign and other portions of the electric exhibit. Nice, quite clear, clean view. (VG+).  $48.

CP-01. (print) Historic Lighthouses Cape Cod. The Historic Lighthouse series of prints uses rare photos from the 1800’s showing American Lighthouses in their turn-of-the-century splendor. Using sophisticated twentieth century computer enhancement, these specialized prints are produced on quality 80lb. bright white paper stock. Each print shows beautiful clear 1800’s views from original period photographs. These prints measure 18" wide by 24" high and, because of the fine quality, these make wonderful candidates for framing and decorating. Watch also for future prints featuring vintage photographs and architectural plans of other locations. (Actual size 18"w x 24"h, shipped rolled.). Historic Lighthouses - Cape Cod. Retail priced at $19.95. Dealer and wholesale pricing available. Similar postcards also available at wholesale prices.

  23370. Witzell, Susan Fletcher, Jane A. McLaughlin and Mary Lou Smith. NEW ENGLAND VIEWS - THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF  BALDWIN COOLIDGE (1845-1928). Woods Hole. 1998. 181 p. DJ. Wonderful work features 189 duotone images selected from the plates of the noted  Boston photographer Baldwin Coolidge whose photographs spanned the period of the 1880s to 1917. Over his career, Coolidge took many pictures in Woods Hole, as well as Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, the  Elizabeth Islands ,  New Hampshire ,  Maine along the  Merrimack , the  North Shore , city scenes and maritime views as well. Superb views include a number of light stations and life saving stations in the area, as well as ships and shipwrecks, farm and city life of the period, and much more. Published with the cooperation of The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA). New England Views won First Prize in the American Association of Museum's 1999 Design Competition. It was also chosen as one of the 50 Books/50 Covers in the annual design competition of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1999. A visual feast for those interested in nineteenth century  America . (M).  $49.95

Original U. S. Light House Establishment Photographs

by Herbert Bamber 

Engineer, United States Lighthouse Establishment

  The original photographs were taken by Herbert Bamber, a civil engineer for the US Light-House Establishment during the period 1892-93.  During this period, Mr.  Bamber traveled the entire country surveying and photographing the light stations for the LH Establishment files. The original photos that he took are today in the National Archives and you can see many reproduced in  lighthouse references. However, Mr. Bamber made an extra print of each photograph for his own files and these photographs were found in his barn in the  Midwest a few years ago. These were original photographs, hand printed at the lighthouse location in 1892-93. You will note that many of these views show the keeper or his family posed, as photographers were somewhat rare and special.  These rare early views were from a process known as cyanotype, named for one chemical, cyan, that is used, thus the blue/white coloring rather than the traditional black/white. Most photographs printed in this manner show considerable detail. The process was commonly used in the field, and by amateurs at home during the period 1880-1920 because of its relative ease compared to other chemical processes.   Photos measure 8" x 10" and are nicely matted to 11" x 14" for framing. 

U-01. Fort Sumter, SC.,  Lighthouse and Bell Tower. (shown) $165. (sold)

U-02. Ship Island, Mississippi,  Light House and Dwelling.  $155.

U-03. Round Island, Mississippi,  Light House and Dwelling.  $110.

  Photo Retouching Service

 

We are now able offering the services of a photo retouching and restoration specialist. Note the above photo. Through complex scanning and printing techniques, all of the staining and marks  have been removed. Printed on quality gloss white photographic paper we now can have a beautiful print for framing showing far greater detail. If you have historic or family photos that are damaged and would like a restored print for framing, please call us and we will put you in touch with our specialist.

Copy Negative Sets

Herbert Bamber Collection

of the  United States Lighthouse Establishment

 The original photographs from which these negatives were made, were taken by Herbert Bamber, a civil engineer for the US Light-House Establishment during the period 1880-1910. Mr. Bamber supervised construction of many light stations across the country including Mosquito Inlet Light in  Florida . During the period 1892-93, Mr. Bamber traveled the entire country surveying and photographing the light stations for the LH Establishment files. The original photos that he took are today in the National Archives and you can see many reproduced in  lighthouse references. However, Mr. Bamber made an extra print of each photograph for his own files and these photographs were found in his barn in the Midwest a few years ago. These were original photographs, hand printed at the lighthouse location in 1892-93. You will note that many of these views show the keeper or his family posed, as photographers were somewhat rare and special.

These rare early views were from a process known as cyanotype, named for one chemical, cyan, that is used, thus the blue/white coloring rather than the traditional black/white. Most photographs printed in this manner show considerable detail. The process was commonly used in the field, and by amateurs at home during the period 1880-1920 because of its relative ease compared to other chemical processes.   

We re-photographed the entire collection and offer here the large format copy negatives made from his photographs. Negatives measure 2 ¼” x 3” and show great detail of the light towers, buildings and in many cases the keepers and their families. Regarding the following stations, we have the below listed negatives available:

  Isle of Shoals, NH. 1 negatives available $35, Little River Light, ME. 1 negatives available $35, Ship Island, MS. 2 negatives available $70, E.  Pascagopula ,  MS . 3 negatives available $105, Round Island, MS. 2 negatives available $70, Horn Island, MS. 2 negatives available $70, Pensacola, FL. 5 negatives available $175, Fort Barrancas, FL. 2 negatives available $70,  Fort McRee , FL. 3 negatives available $105, Cedar Keys, FL. 2 negatives available $70, Key West, FL. 2 negatives available $70,  Morris Island , SC. 11 negatives available $385, Fort Sumpter, SC. 3 negatives available $105, Bull’s Bay, SC. 5 negatives available $175, Cape Romain, SC. 9 negatives available $315, Georgetown, SC. 4 negatives available $140, Long Point ,  NC . 8 negatives available $280, Superior Pier Light, MI. 2 negatives available $70,  Duluth ,  MN . 4 negatives available $140, Two Harbors, MN. 4 negatives available $140,  Devils Island ,  WI . 4 negatives available $140, Outer  Island ,  WI . 5 negatives available $175,  Port Washington ,  WI . 4 negatives available $140, Point Loma, CA. 8 negatives available $280, Ballast Point, CA. 6 negatives available $210, Point Fermin, CA. 5 negatives available $175, Point Hueneme, CA. 4 negatives available $140, Santa Barbara, CA. 4 negatives available $140, Point Sur, CA. 5 negatives available $175, Point Pinos, CA. 7 negatives available $245, Trinidad Head, CA. 2 negatives available $70, Cape Mendicino, CA. 1 negatives available $35,  Cape Flattery ,  WA . 2 negatives available $70,  Ediz Hook ,  WA . 2 negatives available $70, New  Dungeness ,  WA . 2 negatives available $70, Smith’s Island, WA. 2 negatives available $70, Turn Point Fog  Signal ,  WA . 2 negatives available $70,  Patos Island ,  WA . 2 negatives available $70, Admiralty Head, WA. 2 negatives available $70,  Point Robinson  WA . 3 negatives available $105,  Willapa Bay ,  WA . 2 negatives available $70.

Discounts available for quantity purchases – please inquire.

        

AMBROSE LIGHTSHIP - GERALD LEVEY

We are now proud to offer:

Original Watercolor Paintings of Lightships, Naval and Commercial Vessels by Mr. Gerald Levey - listed American Artist.

We have arranged with Mr. Levey to now be able to offer his paintings through our catalogue sales. In addition we can commission a painting by the artist of your favorite lightship or other vessel in a year and setting of your choice.

Gerald Levey is a nationally recognized marine artist whose work is known for its salty ambiance and authenticity. For the past fifteen years, Mr. Levey has worked in the marine watercolor genre, specializing in paintings of merchant ships, water craft, and naval vessels of the Twentieth Century. Levey's works have been exhibited widely in galleries and museums on both coasts and his work has appeared in national exhibits of the American Society of Marine Artists held at the Mariners Museum at Newport News, Virginia, and at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, Maryland. Levey has been designated a Navy and Coast Guard artist and is listed in the "Dictionary of Sea Painters of Europe and America," the authoritative compilation of marine artist of the 15th through 20th centuries. 

BRENTON LIGHTSHIP - GERALD LEVEY

See bottom of page for more information about artist.

 

X-03. (copy photograph) Life Saving Station Lookout / Lighthouse, Newport, Oregon. Large 11” x 14” b/w copy photograph taken from a National Archives image provides a great view of the Life Saving Service crew posed at the Newport, Oregon lighthouse on May 14, 1911. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is located on a hill overlooking the northern side of the entrance to Yaquina Bay. In April 1871, 36 acres were purchased at the north entrance of the bay and the lighthouse was quickly built. With increased maritime traffic along the Oregon Coast, the Lighthouse Board decided the area would be better served with a coastal light at Yaquina Head, just four miles north. The completion of Yaquina Head Light in 1873 eliminated the need for the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. On October 1, 1874, the light was extinguished and the fifth-order Fresnel lens was transferred to the Yerba Buena Light station in San Francisco Bay, where it was lit in 1875. The house remained empty for years until in 1906, the U.S. Lifesaving Service quartered a crew in the house and constructed a lookout station nearby. It was used for this purpose by the U.S. Lifesaving Service and then the U.S. Coast Guard until 1933 when it was again abandoned. Wonderful clear, close view provides great detail, perfect for framing. 

Other National Archives images available include: Cape Argo [Arago] Light Station, Cape Blanco Light Station, Desbemona Lighthouse, Mukilteo Light Station, Cape Mears Lighthouse, Tillamook Rock Light Station, Yaquina Head Light Station, North Head Lighthouse, Bandon Oregon Lighthouse, Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and Fort Canby, Lighthouse and Shipwreck Port Townsend, and more.  

Prices $28 and up. Please inquire.  

 

2685. (glass mounted slide set, Massachusetts & East Coast) Set of 98 early large format 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” glass mounted projection slides in metal mounts, complete with fine Brumberger metal storage case. Case is filled with 98 large glass slides from 1951. Subjects include Nantucket Island including Sankaty LH, Brant Point, Main Street, windmill, harbor scenes, Nauset LH, Chatham LH, Truro, Provincetown, Hartford Ct,  Ocean City Md., family views, Boston views and more. (VG). $36.

  

8333j,k. [stereoview] THE LIGHT-HOUSE LENS, ELECTRIC BUILDING, INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION 1876. By Centennial Photographic Company, Philadelphia. c. 1876. Rare large stereo view of the large first-order lens at the Light-House Establishment exhibit at the 1876 International Exposition. This is an extremely detailed view showing all of the large lens on its pedestal and rotating mechanism, with other lenses visible in the exhibit. View is extremely clear and crisp, in fine condition with a great amount of detail. Larger format measures 4 ¼" x 7". (F). (shown) 108 net.

8333g. [stereoview] THE LIGHT-HOUSE LENS, ELECTRIC BUILDING, WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION. B. W. Kilburn view, Littleton, NH. c. 1893. Rare stereo view of the large first-order lens at the Light-House Establishment exhibit in the Electric Building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. This is an extremely detailed view showing most of the large lens, and other portions of the electric exhibit. View has moderate wear, a few chips from photo margins, lightly faded. (G). $32 net. 

Highland Lighthouse by Martha Ayotte

Martha is a resident of Ashland Massachusetts.  She has loved art her whole life.  As a child she won a scholarship to the John Heron Art Museum School in Indianapolis, where she sold her first portrait.  Since then she has been commissioned to do portraits of people, animals and houses in pastels and has won numerous awards for her artwork and photography. 

Martha has taken up painting lighthouses, since the commission of a wedding picture of two of her good friends, who were married in front of the Brant Point Lighthouse.  Martha loves the beauty of the ocean, the breezes and the sounds and tries to capture these feelings and combine them with the history of each lighthouse she paints.

Minot's Ledge Lighthouse by Martha Ayotte 2004

Martha will paint your favorite lighthouse in pastels or watercolors from your photograph. For information, email her at Mayotte22Art@aol.com.

21387b. Darrah, William Culp. STEREO VIEWS – A HISTORY OF STEREOGRAPHS IN AMERICA AND THEIR COLLECTION. Gettysburg. 1964. 255 p. One of the more fascinating collectibles today continues to be early photography including stereographs. For the collector or professional, this book continues to be the "bible" on the subject. Includes the history, types, manufacture and development in America, types and dating of views and more. Most important if the author’s checklist of photographers with dates of their primary period of producing views. A most detailed reference and almost impossible to find today. (VG+). $138 net.

 

23384. [Framed Lighthouse Prints ] Here is a pair of nicely framed lighthouse prints that were taken from early woodcut engravings. We are not certain of the date on these items but we believe that they may be earlier and possibly framed in the 1970's-1980's. The first print is titled Phare d'Edystonel, and the second print is titled Minot's Ledge Lighthouse. The detailing on these prints is fantastic! These prints are matted and presented in handsome frames with antique style molding and wood design finish. Both frames are complete with glass, paper backings and wire for hanging attached, and are ready for immediate display upon arrival. On the edges of the frames there are a few minor areas that need to be retouched but overall, both frames are in EXTREMELY GOOD CONDITION! These items would look exceptionally nice displayed together in your home, or office, or would make a charming gift for any collector of lighthouses! Overall Size: Approximately 14" x 18 1/4". (VG+). Set 2 framed prints: $126 net.

Photo Retouching Service

We are now able offering the services of a photo retouching and restoration specialist. Note the above photo. Through complex scanning and printing techniques, the first officer’s foot has been restored, as has the hand rail and life ring. In addition, all of the staining and marks from the crease have been removed. Printed on quality gloss white photographic paper we now have a beautiful print for framing showing far greater detail. If you have historic or family photos that are damaged and would like a restored print for framing, please call us and we will put you in touch with our specialist.

C21180. [retouched print shown above]. U. S. Lightship First LH District. c.1880-90. 5" x 7". $16.95.

 

Pemaquid Point by Anita Price

Water color, matted, please inquire.

A resident of Mystic, CT, Anita has enjoyed doing artwork since she was very young. As a child, Anita's family vacationed in Colorado where she and a family friend, John Kirsch, would hike in the mountains in search of locations to sketch and paint. Kirsch had a successful gallery in Estes Park, Colorado. For many years all of Anita's paintings were of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. She also spent much of her spare time doing arts and crafts and taking courses at the Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she spent her childhood. 

Anita holds a fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin. As an adult she has painted in oil and acrylic but now works exclusively in watercolor and obtains her inspiration from New England's beautiful homes and gardens as well as its unique shoreline.

Anita's paintings have been described as: "paintings that make me feel happy" . . . "I feel very peaceful when I look at them" . . . "the way life ought to be" . . . "wonderfully soothing colors" . . . "they make me want to go there". Part of Anita's art business includes commissions of house portraits. Often the recipients of her portraits try to duplicate the landscaping created by a combination of Anita's imagination and paintbrush. 

Paintings by Anita Price can be found in galleries in Connecticut and Rhode Island as well as at several New England outdoor fine art shows. Her work has been juried into numerous art shows and is included in corporate and private collections throughout the United States.

Part of Anita's art business includes commissions of house portraits. Shown below is a photo sent to Anita and her commissioned painting. Please inquire for more information.

      

House Portraits by Anita Price

New England watercolor artist, Anita Price, will paint a custom portrait of your home using your photographs. Image can be enhanced by eliminating utility lines, adding landscaping, or by recreating a vintage view of your home. Portrait will be shipped matted and backed with acid free materials so that it can be put directly into a 22 x 28 inch frame.   Please contact us  for further details.

Anita Price
One Elm Place
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-7542

 

Chesapeake Lightship, recently completed for a client,  12" x 18" by GERALD LEVEY - American artist - 1930 -

When our client received this painting, he wrote the artist: "The painting arrived in fine shape on Sat., Jan. 4.  It looks great! It's pretty much just the way I envisioned it.  I'm very happy with all the details you were able to show on the lightship, like the water depth markings on the bow, the shape and texture of the spare mushroom anchor on the starboard bow, the smokestack, etc. One thing that I didn't expect was the fact that the lightship is not lined up so that it's parallel with the bottom of the frame.  It's at a slight angle to the horizon, instead.  But, you know what?  The painting is a lot more interesting that way!  Thanks for doing such a splendid job with the painting. --Frank H."

Gerald Levey is a nationally recognized marine artist whose work is known for its salty ambiance and authenticity. Please inquire as we can commission a painting by the artist of your favorite lightship or other Coast Guard, Naval, merchant or other vessel of your choice in a year and setting of your choice.

 9108. [stereo view] Remains of City Fountain and Base of Lighthouse, St. Pierre, Martinique, West Indies. c.1902 by H. C. White Co. Clear view, somewhat soiled and with one chip to sky area, corner bent. Clear, close view shows a gentleman surveying the devastation from a recent storm. Behind the damaged fountain can be seen the foundation remains of a lighthouse, though I have not been able to discover exactly which light was in this area. A most interesting view and probably one of the few photos of the lighthouse remains. (G). $42.

GERALD LEVEY - American - 1930 -

Gerald Levey is a nationally recognized marine artist whose work is known for its salty ambiance and authenticity.

Levey's spirited seascapes and ship portraits are based on his long professional life at sea as a career naval officer. He joined the Navy on his 17th birthday, and served in Pacific Fleet ships as an enlisted man for four years before winning an appointment to the Midshipman program at Columbia. Upon graduation and commissioning, he volunteered for submarine duty, served in both diesel and nuclear submarines and rose to command of USS SABLEFISH, a diesel attack submarine.

After his retirement from the Navy, he continued to work closely with nuclear attack submarines and their crews to develop search and attack tactics. He received the Navy Distinguished Public Service award for leading the tactical development program for 688 Class nuclear attack submarines.

As a high school art student in Brooklyn, N.Y., Levey roamed the city's waterfront, sketching and absorbing atmosphere. He is a recognized expert in both naval and commercial vessels. His paintings of the final years of the great New York port are particularly vivid and document the working merchant ships and harbor craft of the twentieth century.

He is a frequent exhibitor at the Maritime Gallery at the Mystic Seaport where he was awarded the prestigious Rudolph Shaeffer prize at the 1985 Mystic International Show and the Mystic Seaport Purchase Award for the 1991 International exhibit.

He is an Artist Member and a past officer of the American Society of Marine Artists and has been designated as a Navy and Coast Guard artist. He is listed in the Dictionary of Sea Painters, an authoritative compilation of American and European marine artists of the Fifteenth through the Twentieth centuries. Levey is also listed in the Artist Bluebook at AskArt.com.

Several hundred of Levey's paintings hang in the wardrooms of naval vessels, in the corporate offices of the seagoing community and in the homes of collectors who value his paintings for their authenticity and style.

Levey’s paintings have appeared in Naval History Magazine, the Journal of the Steamship Society of America, Towline, the Moran Towing Company magazine and The Log of the Mystic Seaport Museum.

His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Mystic Seaport Museum, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, the Coast Guard Academy, the Submarine Memorial Museum, the Mariners Museum in Newport News , Virginia , the U.S. Naval Academy Museum at Annapolis, the Charlestown Navy Yard Museum in the Boston National Historic Park and in the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

The following biography is from the artist:

Gerald Levey was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930. He grew up in Brighton Beach, overlooking the entrance to New York harbor and began drawing passing ships and watercraft at an early age. He developed his watercolor skills in high-school art classes, and painted scenes of the Brooklyn and Manhattan waterfronts.

In 1947, on his seventeenth birthday, he joined the Navy and spent the next four years as an enlisted man, serving in two Pacific fleet ships. In 1951, he won a fleet appointment to the Midshipman college program, graduated from Columbia University in 1955, and was commissioned as an Ensign in the regular Navy. After a year of service in a minesweeper, he volunteered for submarine duty. He served in both diesel and nuclear submarines during the height of the cold war and made more than a dozen patrols and deployments in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. Levey commanded the attack diesel submarine USS Sablefish in 1968 and 1969.

Levey retired from the Navy as a full Commander in 1971, but as a civilian consultant, continued to work closely with nuclear submarines and their crews developing new search and attack tactics against threat submarines. In 1982, he was awarded the Navy Distinguished Public Service Medal for his work in this field.

While engaged in submarine work by day, Levey continued painting marine watercolors in his spare time. During this period, he studied with Lou Bonamarte, a nationally known watercolor painter. He also became an artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists and of the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

In 1985, Levey left the world of submarines and devoted himself fully to a career as a marine painter. He attended the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Connecticut and studied anatomy and figure painting with Dean Keller.

For the past fifteen years, Levey has worked in the marine watercolor genre, specializing in paintings of merchant ships, water craft, and naval vessels of the Twentieth Century. Much of his work depicts scenes around the port of New York's rivers, bays and wharves during the period when the harbor was the busiest in the world.

Levey's works have been exhibited widely in galleries and museums on both coasts. He has had several solo shows, including a one-man show at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut. His work has appeared in national exhibits of the American Society of Marine Artists held at the Mariners Museum at Newport News, Virginia, and at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore, Maryland.

He has been an exhibiting artist at the Maritime Gallery at the Mystic Seaport Museum since 1980, and has been in more than forty major shows mounted by the gallery. His paintings received the prestigious Rudolph Schaefer Award in the Mystic International Exhibit in 1985, and the Mystic Seaport Purchase Award in the 1991 International Show. He has also exhibited in exhibitions in museums and galleries in Seattle, Annapolis, Newport, New York, and Connecticut.

Levey has been designated a Navy and Coast Guard artist and is listed in the "Dictionary of Sea Painters of Europe and America," the authoritative compilation of marine artist of the 15th through 20th centuries.

PUBLICATIONS WHERE REFERENCED:
"The Dictionary of Sea Painters of Europe and America" by E.H.H. Archibald.
"Contemporary Marine Art" by P. Egeli.

"Naval History Magazine," 'Gerald Levey, Steaming on the Gray Line' December 1999.

"Journal of the Steamboat Historical Society of America" by Robert J Russell, 'SS Normandy/USS Lafayette, Death and Dismantling,"'Spring 1995.

"The Log of Mystic Seaport" by Andrew German, 'On Board the Flying Clipper,' Autumn 1998.

 

Please contact us for more information, paintings available or to commission your maritime scenes. 

 

 

 

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