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858. (mounted photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station (possibly Mecox, NY) c.1878

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858. (mounted photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station (possibly Mecox, NY) c.1878

858. (mounted photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station (possibly Mecox, NY) c.1878. Clear close view of this 1875-Type station as the crew drills with the breeches buoy apparatus to the drill pole in the foreground. Regarding the identification of this station, Wick York, co-author with Ralph Shanks of “The U.S. Life-Saving Service”, notes: “I think (but I’m not certain) that this is an 1875-Type and that it could be the 1877 Mecox, NY station on Long Island that’s on page 78 in our book. However in the book photo (and in all other photos of the station I’ve seen) the roof of the side lean to intersects the sidewall of the main part of the station below the eave of the main roof. In your photo the lean to’s roof is an extension of the main roof. I’ve also never seen any photos of the station with a gable roof dormer like the one in your photo, although I have seen photos of the station with a shed roof dormer. And the station has two chimneys in the book photo while it has only one in your photo. I’ve seen photos of most but not every 1875 Type station and the Mecox station is the only one I’ve seen with an 1882 type tower like this one. It’s very possible the Mecox station only had one chimney at some point but I find the lean to roof more difficult to explain.” This is a superb early view, one of the few that I have found of this vintage. Probably taken shortly after the station was constructed. Photo image measures 5 ½” x 8” on original 8” x 10” mount. Beautiful original piece. Overall clean, very good condition, only light moisture to margins of mount, foxing to back. (VG). $285.

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