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29369. (lot 7 glass negatives) U. S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps., Sheepshead Bay Station, New York c.1900.

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29369. (lot 7 glass negatives) U. S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps., Sheepshead Bay Station, New York c.1900.

29369. (lot 7 glass negatives) U. S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps., Sheepshead Bay Station, New York c.1900. .Lot of seven rare clear glass plate negatives captures nicely the crew and building of the U. S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps. at Sheepshead Bay, NY. Sheepshead Bay is a bay separating the mainland of Brooklyn, New York City from the eastern portion of Coney Island, the latter originally a barrier island. The U. S. Volunteer Life-Saving Corps. existed in a number of states and was an early supplement to the U. S. Life-Saving Service in some areas, manning lifeboats and providing life-saving services on the coast and on inland waters. The Service maintained branches in 15 states where there were no stations of the Government Life-Saving Service or the Humane Society. Information and awards of this service are exceptionally scarce and this has become an interesting collection area. Views include the members posing in front of station with life-saving equipment. Large negative images measure 4” x 5” and are clear and close. There are some marks and wear to edges but do not detract. Would provide great clear images. (VG). $165.