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Almost Unknown1.55kMAKING OF PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR OUR SEA FIGHTERS AN INTRICATE TASK
INSTALLING A TURRET ON A MODERN BATTLESHIP
A UNITED STATES BATTLESHIP UNDER CONSTRUCTION
THE HULL COMPLETED, THE BATTLESHIP IS LAUNCHED
The battleship might be the Florida (BB-30) under construction, 1910.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text courtesy of Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 31 January 1915, Image 49, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown1.26kNEXT-The Submarine Battleship
Gigantic Dreadnoughts, That Can Fight Like Floating Forts and Dive Like Ducks When Necessary, to Take the Place of Powerful but Vulnerable Ships of Today
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo by Richmond Times-Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1914-current, 14 February 1915, Image 49, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown1.16kVICE-PRESIDENT REVIEWS FLEET
From left to right: Admiral Howard, fleet commander; Mrs. Thomas R. Marshall and Vice President Thomas R. Marshall. The picture was snapped daring the Vice President's recent review of the Pacific squadron of the U.S. fleet in San Francisco bay off the World's Fair grounds.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo & text by The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 01 April 1915, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-34 New York2.03k Watching U.S. Navy Atlantic fleet warships depart during the Naval Review at New York City, New York, 18 May 1915. Photo # Lot-11276-4 Collection of George Bain, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.
Almost Unknown934kPRESIDENT REVIEWS FORCES FROM ATLANTIC FLEET
A slate colored, dripping sky, from which "occasional showers" fell, did nothing apparently to damage the interest of hundreds thousands of spectators, shouldering and elbowing way to an eye hole through the solid ranks in front of them, along the whole line of the sailors march. President Wilson, who arrived from Washington on the Presidential yacht Mayflower shortly after midnight, reviewed the parade from the grand stand. It was easy to see from the President's demeanor that he very proud of the showing made by the marching thousands.
The picture shows the parade passing the reviewing stand. The insert is of the President as he was saluting the colors.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 19 May 1915, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown711kTWENTIETH CENTURY MONITOR INVENTED FOR U.S. NAVY Image and text provided by University of Oregon, Knight Library; Eugene, OR.
Photo from Medford Mail Tribune. (Medford, Or.) 1909-1989, 26 May 1915, SECOND EDITION, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown 72k "Plotting the trajectory of the 14" gun".
An officer instructs battleship crew members in technical aspects of gunnery and fire control, circa the middle 1910s. The original image, copyrighted by N. Moser, New York, is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106272. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.
Almost Unknown3.87kA Remarkable photograph of Dreadnoughts of the United States Navy maneuvering in a storm. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 26 December 1915, Image 40 & 41, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov & enhanced by Tom Kerman, Incorparated.
Almost Unknown547kTOTAL TARGET PRACTICE
Congressman A P Gardner in his fight for preparedness makes this exhibit of the prowess of the United States navy in big gun practice.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 23 January 1916, Image 19, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown772kHER BATTLESHIP FUND GROWS.
Marjorie Sterrett, who gave dime to build a warship.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 5, 18, 24 & 27 February 1916, Images 3, 6x2 & 54, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown870kMARJORIE STERRETT AND HER CHIEF CHAMPION
Thirteen year old battleship fund founder aboard the Washington (ACR-11) at the navy yard, and Colonel Roosevelt with Grace, one of his grandchildren, who sent 10 cents.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 08 February 1916, Image 9 & 04 March 1916, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown1.00kTWO YOUNG PATRIOTS IN BATTLESHIP FUND.
MARJORIE DEAF TO SUDDEN FAME
Just Enthusiastic, Normal Girl Despite Fact She's a National Celebrity.
HELPS HER MOTHER WITH HOUSEWORK
Also takes care of baby. Goes to School and Builds Battleships
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 21 February 1916, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown480kLOADING 13-INCH POWDER CHARGES ABOARD A UNITED STATES BATTLESHIP Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 25 February 1916, Night Extra, Image 20, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown567kSAYS ONE ENEMY SHIP COULD SINK U. S. PACIFIC FLEET
Admiral Cameron McRae Winslow, commander of the U. S. Pacific fleet, told the house naval committee in the hearings on preparedness that one good warship could sink his entire fleet without being materially harmed....
Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Photo courtesy of Bisbee Daily Review. (Bisbee, Ariz.) 1901-1971, 11 March 1916, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown895k"Hip, Hip, Hooray," Marjorie's Battleship Gets an Starter at the Hippodrome.
Still going strong almost 100 years later.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 12 March 1916, Image 53, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown895kBOOMING THE BATTLESHIP FUND IN FLUSHING. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 27 March 1916, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown157kPreparedness parade: A Float like Battleship of the Nevada (BB-36 / 37) class in 1916. Library of Congress photo # LC-DIG-hec-06848 & text courtesy of the Harris & Ewing Collection.
Almost Unknown730kA Thousand-Foot Battleship to Lead World's Navies
Commander Moffett Presents Daring Plan "Scrap the Navies of the World" by Building Ultimate Sea-Fighter "at Once"
The length of the see-fighter planned by Commander Moffett would equal that of the Superdreadnought Pennsylvania (BB-38) and the battleship Oregon (BB-3).
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo courtesy of The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 27 October 1916, Final Edition, Image 22, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown736kBATTLESHIP FLEET ARRIVING FOR FOOTBALL GAME
Advance guard of the Atlantic fleet as it steamed up New York Day to-day. The ships are in the following order:
New York (BB-34), Texas (BB-35), Oklahoma (BB-37), Connecticut (BB-18), Florida (BB-30), Utah (BB-31) and Wyoming (BB-32).
The photograph was taken as the battleships passed the Battery, and shows the Statue of Liberty in the background.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo courtesy of The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 24 November 1916, Final Edition, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown731kACTIVITY ON BATTLESHIPS AT LEAGUE ISLAND
At times like this when war looms up as a possibility, the Navy Yard is quickly responsive and the work of preparing for an immediate eventuality begins. The photograph shows Jackie's carrying supplies aboard one of the sea fighters.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo courtesy of Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 2 February 1917, Night Extra, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
LOC 716k LATEST PHOTOGRAPH OF ATLANTIC FLEET IN FORMATION AT SEA.
This photograph was made from the deck of the Pennsylvania (BB-38) on 23 January 1917, in the West Indies. The following ships are in the photograph: New York (BB-34), Delaware (BB-28), Oklahoma (BB-37), Texas (BB-35), Florida (BB-30), Utah (BB-31), Wyoming (BB-32), Nevada (BB-36), South Carolina (BB-26), Michigan (BB-28) & Connecticut (BB-18).
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 03 February 1917, Final Edition, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown353kSOME MASTER MINDS OF OUR DREADNOUGHT FLEETImage and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York, [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 25 February 1917, Section 4 Pictorial Magazine, Image 37, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown904kAIR NEWEST DEFENCE OF DREADNOUGHTS
Latest American Battleships Equipped With System of Protection Against Torpedoes Which Is Expected to Make Them Nearly Unsinkable by U-Boat Attacks
The Device Already Put to Practical Test in Saving Wrecked Steamships.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 06 May 1917, Section 5 Special Feature Supplement, Image 45, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown414kLEISURE HOURS OF OUR FIGHTING SAILORS
Work & Play Are So Intermingled That Our Bluejackets Cannot Grow Dull
Noon hour aboard a dreadnought. A boxing match with music by the ship's band. These attractions are sure to draw a crowd.
Plenty of time to swap yarns, keep up with the news or to loll about carefree, just as the spirit moves.
Recruits in their off hours ponder upon the splendid service of which they are a part.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York, [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 20 May 1917, Section 4 Pictorial Magazine, Image 35, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
LOC 536k HOW THE ATLANTIC COAST LINE IS BEING GUARDED AGAINST SUBMARINES
American battleships of the Atlantic Fleet and units of the mosquito fleet.

This picture was taken just before the strict censorship against photographs showing the movements of the fleet was put into force following the declaration of war against Germany. It shows, however, how the Atlantic coast is being guarded against the depredations of hostile submarines. The swift mosquito fleet is very useful in running down and destroying submarine boats. The present location of our war vessels is known only to the navy department and their future movements will be....
Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Photo courtesy of Bisbee Daily Review. (Bisbee, Ariz.) 1901-1971, 02 May 1917, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown296kSearchlights being inspected on the cage mast of an unidentified battleships. Photographed through Mylar sleeve. Collection of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels.
USN photo # Lot 5416-7, courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, via flickr.com.
Almost Unknown584kRECRUITING STATION ON NOTED CORNER
The Twenty-third street corner of the famous Flatiron building in New York converted into a recruiting station for the navy. The roof is modeled after the deck of a battleship, and two guns swing from a turret.
Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Photo from Tombstone Epitaph. (Tombstone, Ariz.) 1887-current, 20 May 1917, WEEKLY EDITION, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown467kBattleship Disguised as an IslandNational Archives Identifier: 6997114
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown414kExperiments on models of vessels to illustrate various methods of camouflage on different types of ships. Camouflage Department U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C. Lieut. Van Buskirk, U.S.N.R.F. in charge.Photographer: Navy Dept., Bureau of Construction & Repair.
National Archives Identifier: 20808954
Local Identifier: 165-WW-70C-7.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown291kDoubletime.National Archives Identifier: 45510098
Local Identifier: 165-WW-321D-12.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Recruit516kUNCLE SAM'S BATTLESHIP FLEET AT SEA
These leviathans of steel will be for many months the home of brave lads from tho mountains and prairies, from the farms and factories, who have joined the navy to defend the world's liberties against German autocracy. The life they lead is thrillingly described by the favored maker of word-picture, Gouverneur Morris, who has been with the fleet by special permission of the Navy Department, in a series of articles to begin in tomorrow's Evening Ledger.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo courtesy of Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 23 May 1917, Night Extra, Pictorial Section, Image 22, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
LOC 470k General view of League Island Naval Yard at Philadelphia showing old battleships. Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA
Photo courtesy of Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 26 May 1917, Night Extra, Pictorial Section, Image 18, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Recruit1.09kPREPARING U.S.S. RECRUIT FOR SERVICE IN HEART OF CITY
Carpenters Building $10,000 Replica of Dreadnought in Union Square to Draw Men Into the Navy and Marine Corps.
The Recruit was built in 1917 to promote enlistment in the Navy and Marines.
Mayor John Purroy Mitchel vociferously supported the Allied war effort and in April 1917 noted that New York City's quota for the Navy was 2,000 but that the city had enlisted only 900.
To promote enlistments, the Mayor's Committee on National Defense raised money to build the mock battleship, designed by Donn Barber and Jules Guerin, and presented it to the Navy on Memorial Day 1917. Olive Mitchel, the Mayor's wife, christened the ship with a bottle of champagne.
Modeled after the Maine (BB-10), the 200 - by 40 - foot Recruit was made of gray-painted wood and tin, with a real searchlight, semaphore signals and one-pound guns. The 'land-ship' ultimately secured 25,000 enlistments in the Navy, and in 1920 was removed from Union Square.
Mitchel was defeated in the elections of 1917, joined the Army Air Corps and was killed in a training accident the next year.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC. & N.Y. Times, 1 December 1996, courtesy of Christopher Gray.
Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 27 May 1917, Image 25, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown486kBATTLESHIP 'RECRUIT' IN UNION SQUARE AND HER CAPTAIN Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 31 May 1917, Final Edition, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
Recruit 96k A mock-up of a one funneled battleship entitled Recruit, being built at Union Square, New York City, appropriately across the street from the Germania Building during WW I. Digital ID # ggbain 24399v, LC-B2-4211-13. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit 381k Building the Recruit at Union Square.Digital ID # ggbain 24400v, LC-B2-4211-14. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection & shorpy.com.
Recruit 511k Christening party on Recruit.Digital ID # ggbain 24536, LC-B2-4228-10. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit 261k The Recruit anchored to the grass in at Union Square. Digital ID # ggbain 25522v, LC-B2-4371-9. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit 352k Broadside view of the battleship Recruit.Digital ID # ggbain 24411v, LC-B2-4212-17. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Almost Unknown 102k Commemorative postal cover marking the battleship Recruit in Union Square, N.Y. Courtesy of cgi.ebay.com.
Recruit 248k Bow on view of Recruit. Digital ID # ggbain 24319v, LC-B2-4201-1. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit 171k Recruits on the deck of the Recruit. Note the flag. Digital ID # ggbain 24624v, LC-B2-4238-3. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit 126k Camouflaging Recruit.Digital ID # ggbain 27193v, LC-B2-4642-8. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit 300k A camouflaged Recruit in the Demonstration Garden near the Broadway marked subway at Union Square.Digital ID # ggbain 27192v, LC-B2-4642-5. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit 545k Naval Reserves from Washington, DC standing en mass near recruitment poster that says: MEN WANTED FOR US NAVY - APPLY HERE, during WWI aboard the battleship Recruit.Photographer: John Dominis, NARA FILE #: 019-N-11381 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 434, HD-SN-99-02093, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Photo i.d. courtesy of life.time.com.
Recruit 105k Navy life on the Recruit.Digital ID # ggbain 26147v, LC-B2-4642-8. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit 103k Signing a Recruit.Digital ID # ggbain 24630v, LC-B2-4211-14. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit 128k Secretary of the Navy Daniels on the Recruit.Digital ID # ggbain 26339v, LC-B2-4515-15. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit 109k Rookies on the Recruit.Digital ID # ggbain 24586v, LC-B2-4233-10. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit 126k Officers & crew on the Recruit.Digital ID # ggbain 24714v, LC-B2-4245-16a. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit 817k Mabel Garrison, coloratura soprano who appeared in the Metropolitan Opera from 1914 to 1921, makes a appearance with the crew of the Recruit.Digital ID courtesy of mashable.com
Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Recruit 162k Wash day on the Recruit.Digital ID # ggbain 24568v, LC-B2-4232-3. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
Recruit500kAT DRESS PARADE ON THE BATTLESHIP'S DECK THE MARINE MAKES A GALLANT APPEARANCE AS A SOLDIER OF THE SEA Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo courtesy of Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 11 June 1917, Sports Extra, Pictorial Section, Image 16 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown520kTo the left, cleaning house aboard the battleship Recruit. The land-going mascot shares in the excitement of being photographed.Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune., 24 June 1917, Page 7, Image 51, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
LOC 732k HIGH SPOTS ON THE BATTLE FLEET Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo courtesy of The Sun. (New York, [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 24 June 1917, Section 7 Magazine Section, Image 33, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown29kLOADING A GIFT FOR THE KAISER
Above is shown a busy group of sailors placing a torpedo in the hold of an American battleship "some where in the Atlantic.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 10 July 1917, Night Extra, Pictorial Section, Image 18, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown447kSUPPLIES FOR A BATTLESHIP'S CUPBOARD
The most powerful naval force ever assembled under the Stars and Strips is now fully supplied and ready for battle.
A Florida class (BB-30 / 31) battleship is in the background.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo by Evening Public Ledger.(Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 13 July 1917, Night Extra, Pictorial Section, Image 16, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown492kCOALING UNITED STATES WARSHIP FAR FROM HOME
With a part of Uncle Sam's battleship fleets in foreign waters. The censor wouldn't permit much to be said about this picture.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 18 July 1917, Night Extra, Pictorial Section, Image 18, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Recruit456kRecruited mascots. USN photo # LC-DIG-GGBAIN-26145, photographed by Detroit Publishing Company, 1898, courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of flickr.com.
Almost Unknown788k
U. S. BATTLESHIP IN SMOKE SCREEN HIDES FROM U-BOAT
How smokescreen helps protect a battleship.

The ships of the Atlantic fleet which have been mobilized since the declaration of war, have began to use the smoke screen, developed some time ago in England, to hide them from submarines. This photograph shows a big ship of the fleet throwing out vast volumes of thick black smoke making it impossible for the submarine to locate her. A division is seen at muster in the foreground.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Ogden Standard. (Ogden City, Utah) 1913-1920, 22 August 1917, 4 P.M. CITY EDITION, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 392k Clean Men for Clean Shots Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 2 September 1917, Image 45, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown625kI GET AROUND
(No Offense to The Beach Boys)
This photograph appeared in the The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) edition of 16 April 1914, FINAL EDITION,AMERICAN BATTLESHIPS IN FIGHTING LINE
Photograph of Uncle Sam's Big Warships In Line of Battle with the Powerful Twelve-inch Guns of the Virginia (BB-13) In the Foreground. The Picture Was Taken Outside Hampton Roads During the Recent Target Practice

It also appears here three years later:"
An unusual photograph of our first line of defence steaming full speed ahead with their guns trained to port on an imaginary fleet. This picture was taken looking aft from one of the superdreadnoughts of our battle fleet."
Old news is good news.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 16 September 1917, Image 45, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown1.24kSailors witnessing a motion picture show on a Virginia class battleship, October 1917.Photo by Underwood & Underwood.
National Archives Identifier:45512242
Local Identifier: 165-WW-332D-69.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown671kMine Laying - Taking mines aboard a U.S. Battleship, circa 1917-18.Photographer: Underwood & Underwood.
National Archives Identifier: 45511568
Local Identifier: 165-WW-332D-1.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown466kMines on track, launching deck of a U.S. Battleship, circa 1917-18.National Archives Identifier: 45511570
Local Identifier: 165-WW-329A-22.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown246kSignaling by semiphore from one battleship to another, Brooklyn, Navy Yard, N.Y., circa 1917-18.Photographer: Paul Thompson.
National Archives Identifier: 45510498
Local Identifier: 165-WW-323E-018.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown233kThis is the latest type anti-aircraft gun used by the great dreadnaughts of the U.S. Navy. The gunners have target practice every day and kite targets are sent up from the ship, circa 1917-18.Photographer:International Film Service.
National Archives Identifier: 45510002
Local Identifier: 165-WW-321C-013.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown546kFULLY EQUIPPED BATTLESHIP AMONG ATTRACTIONS AT SOCIETY CARNIVAL FOR SAILORS!
SAILORS MAN MINIATURE WARSHIP AT VAN RENSSELAER ESTATE
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 06 October 1917, Night Extra, Image 12, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown715kTiny George Dewey, Nephew of Admiral, Helps Recruiting and Sells Liberty Bonds. Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo by The Ogden Standard.(Ogden City, Utah) 1913-1920, 29 October 1917, 4 P.M. CITY EDITION, Image 9, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown561kCaptain Adams of the Good Ship Recruit, the land battleship in Union Square, speaks at the Minute Men's headquarters to potential recruits, New York, New York, 8 November 1917. The young woman, it was said, was so elated with the spirit of the men who chose to enlist that she bestowed a kiss on each of them. Many more would have enlisted had they known what was in store for them!.Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.
Almost Unknown673kBATTLESHIP 'RECRUIT' SNOWBOUND IN UNION SQUARE Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 14 December 1917, Final Edition, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
Almost Unknown582k"SOMEWHERE IN THE ATLANTIC" IS THE NATION'S FIRST LINE OF DEFENCE THE GREAT BATTLESHIP FLEET.
DAY AND NIGHT THE CREWS ARE BEING DRILLED TO MEET ANY EMERGENCY. THIS UNUSUAL WAR-TIME PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS ONLY ONE DIVISION STEAMING IN COLUMN FORMATION.
Photo by E. Mueller Jr.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York, [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 30 December 1917, Section 4 Pictorial Magazine, Image 44, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown585kRecruits looking over their new home.
These mean are being transferred to a battleship, having completed their preliminary training. The canvas bundles at their feet contain bedding, hammock and clothes, 1 February 1918.
Photographer: Underwood and Underwood.
National Archives Identifier: 45512294
Local Identifier: 165-WW-333A-11.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown749kBig guns on one of the U.S. Dreadnoughts. Photo taken from the crow's nest.Photographer: Kadel & Herbert.
National Archives Identifier: 45510058
Local Identifier: 165-WW-321C-41.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown546kOriginal Caption: Chicago's elevated Navy A recruiting eye-opener.
A naval fleet, consisting of a battleship, submarine and a destroyer, Whirling along the elevated tracks between the regular trains. The boats were all manned by sailors and armed with big guns that rattled the windows in the skyscrapers as they boomed out their blank shots. The fleet is one of the recruiting stunts which is arousing recruits for the Navy.
Photographer: International Film Service.
National Archives Identifier:45512282
Local Identifier: 165-WW-333A-5.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown753kOriginal Caption: A fleet of model ships for study of camouflage.
Depicts the camouflage department of U.S. Navy which was inaugurated at beginning of war in which all ships except battleships were camouflaged. The model room contains models of every description, transports, submarine chasers, colliers and merchant ships, all bearing some type of camouflage. The idea is to obtain a camouflage which would show up to best advantage on the high seas, February, 1918.
Photographer: Underwood and Underwood.
National Archives Identifier: 45510508
Local Identifier: 165-WW-323F-1.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown589kSailors repairing searchlights, 1917-18.Photographer: Navy Dept., Bureau of Construction & Repair.
National Archives Identifier: 45512414
Local Identifier: 165-WW-333D-1
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown510kStoring Torpedoes on a US gunboat.
That does indeed look like a BB turret center-left, and a turret barbette on the right. But there are simply not enough details visible to tell which ship. Since all of the ships from South Carolina (BB-26) to West Virginia (BB-48) (pre-Dreadnoughts are ruled out by the raised barbette in the photo) were built with underwater torpedo tubes, the torpedoes on deck don't narrow it down.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Richard M. Jensen.
Photographer: Brown & Dawson.
National Archives Identifier:45514067
Local Identifier: 165-WW-331E-1.
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Almost Unknown1.04kScene on board a U.S. battleship for the motion picture "Stolen Orders, 1918.Photographer: W.A. Brady.
National Archives Identifier:45510236
Local Identifier: 165-WW-322B-013.
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Almost Unknown831kScene on board a U.S. battleship for the motion picture "Stolen Orders, 1918.Photographer: W.A. Brady.
National Archives Identifier:45510238
Local Identifier: 165-WW-322B-014.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown460kNavy - Mess - "Chow." The best part of the day on the battleship is when the boys crowd around the proverbial "groaning" board, 1918.Photo by Western Newspaper Union.
National Archives Identifier: 45511349
Local Identifier: 165-WW-328A-13.
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Almost Unknown241kLiberty Loan luncheon of the Fifth Avenue Association. Mrs. Chas. M. Schwab launching $500,000 worth of Liberty Bonds in a toy battleship and Chas. M. Schwabon her right. R. A. C. Smith, M. Friedman and Governor Chas. S. Whitman are seen in the photo. The luncheon was given in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City. April, 1918.Photographer: C. Curtis Photo News, New York City.
National Archives Identifier: 45493729
Local Identifier: 165-WW-244C-17.
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Almost Unknown675kMINIATURE BATTLESHIP TO AID LIBERTY LOAN CAMPAIGN. The miniature battleship Liberty used in the Liberty Loan campaign in Hoboken, N.J, April, 1918.Photographer: International Film Service.
National Archives Identifier: 45491078
Local Identifier: 165-WW-232B-37.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Memorial 1.53k OUR BATTLESHIP BOYS
1st photo shows a Memorial Day Service being held onboard a Indiana (BB-1 / 3) or Iowa (BB-4) class battleship for those who had lost their lives at sea in World War I.
2nd photo shows Virginia (BB-13 / 17) class battleship after the moment of silence and recollection, the ship was then transformed into a movie theater for the entertainment of the servicemen.
Partial text & photo courtesy of periodpaper.com
Almost Unknown480kOriginal Caption: "Chow" As an example of the stupendous task it is to keep the men board our battleships well fed, this enormous dish washer shows how the dishes are taken care of in a systematic manner in order to minimize the extent of the task. Photographer: Western Newspaper Union. November 1918.
National Archives Identifier: 45512400
Local Identifier: 165-WW-333C-1
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Almost Unknown426kWith the American High Seas Fleet in Southern waters. Sailors are shown putting up the floating targets at which the big and little guns on the dreadnoughts will roar as the ships sweep along in battle formation and at battle speed.
An idle hour on the deck of one of Uncle Sam's leviathans. Notice that some of the men are putting in the time studying. The noses of two of the big guns just show on either side. To the rear are steaming other big ships on a practice cruise.
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York, [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 10 March 1918, Pictorial Magazine, Section 4 Pictorial Magazine, Image 44, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Recruit602kThis photo shows the novel battleship New York (BB-34) made by a plumber from pipe fittings. Just press a button and the "super-Dreadnought," which is electrically equipped, appears to be a live thing. Its propeller-buzzes, a dummy commander salutes, lights flash, guns roar, and a searchlight casts a piercing look about.Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 17 March 1918, FINAL EDITION, Image 6, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown306kREMARKABLE PHOTO OF SNOW AND ICE COVERED BATTLESHIP.
This most remarkable photograph was taken on a U.S. battleship while it was plowing the high seas. The deck is covered with ice and snow and the men are clearing it off. The guns can be seen projecting from the turrets and they too are covered with ice and snow, 18 March 1918.
Photo by Underwood & Underwood
National Archives Identifier: 45512619
Local Identifier: 165-WW-334A-099.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Photo added 12/10/17.
Almost Unknown683kWhat our battleships had to contend with in winters.
Part of the crew of an American battleship busy clearing away the frozen spray that covered the decks and the big gun.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 05 May 1918, Image 53, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown888kWhile Famous Boxers Engage in Thrilling Contests on Land Battleship, Navy Officers Gather In Many Recruits
BOXING BOUTS LURE RECRUITS TO NAVY
20,000 Throng Union Square Park to see Spirited Contests on U. S. S. Recruit
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from the The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 05 May 1918, Section 7, Image 86, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown450kOn the bridge of an American battleship, a British signaler attached to the ship's staff taking in a message during World War I.USN photo # Lot 9608-5, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy via flickr.com. Donation of C.H. Abbot, 1919.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 356k Battleships in heavy seas, 1918. USN photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 499k Small Navy gun ship. Photo #08_06_022699 from the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection, courtesy of Kate Monea, Archivist, USS Constitution Museum.
Almost Unknown865kNational Archives photo of a miniature camouflaged battleship in Boston. The caption reads: "Camouflaged model of battleship cruises at Boston. This diminutive reproduction of a battleship camouflaged in approved fashion is cruising along the Charles River at Boston, 15 May 1918". National Archives & Record Administration (NARA) Record Group 165WW, NARA photo RG-165WW, Fiche 280, courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
Almost Unknown944kBATTLESHIP OF FLOWERS LAUNCHED ON THE DELAWARE
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 30 May 1918, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
THE BUILDING OF A BATTLESHIP747kThe building of a battleship.
This is the first of a series of drawings of two by Hugh Ferriss in charcoal to appear in The Tribune Graphic.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 9 June 1918, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
THE BUILDING OF A BATTLESHIP975kThe building of a battleship. The assembly room.
This is the second of a series of two drawings in charcoal by Hugh Ferriss to appear in The Tribune Graphic. Unfortunately I believe this was all that was done.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 16 June 1918. Image 57, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Recruit667kNOT EVEN THE SPEED of the camera was sufficient to miss the vibrations on this U.S. battleship following a salvo from the guns while racing at top speed.
NEVER BEFORE in the navy's history have our battleships been manned by such a high physical type of young Americans as now, for which the setting up exercises shown above are to a degree, responsible.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo courtesy of Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 21 June 1918, Sports Extra, Pictorial Section, Image 20 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
LOC 1.40k The Machinery of War
A BIG gun shop of the Bethlehem Steel Company's plant at Bethlehem, Penn. Some of the great rifles that now swing round in United States battleship turrets were constructed in this plant and finished in this shop.
Photo by Underwood & Underwood
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 7 July 1918, Image 39, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
mail287k Mail Hour on U.S. Battleship.
Postcard photo by Enrique Muller Jr: The caption reads: "First duty performed by Uncle Sam upon arrival in port".
Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
Recruit661kMembers of the Women's Camouflage corps painting the land battleship Recruit in Union Square, New York.Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo courtesy of Mexico Missouri Message. (Mexico, Audrain County, Mo.) 1899-1918, 08 August 1918, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 597k U. S. and British Fleets United
GRAND FLEET LETTERHEAD
Showing American and British insignia blended in harmonious design
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 11 September 1918, FINAL EDITION, Image 4, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown296kBattleship fleet, Division 9, 16 December 1918. Photo # NH 96196, courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Almost Unknown1.32kFirst of Our Fighting Ships Home
The nine dreadnoughts, part of Beatty's Sixth Battle Squadron, praised by the British Admiral, to form the backbone of the great fleet on review in the Hudson in Christmas week.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 22 December 1918, Image 32, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
LOC 756k WIVES OF NAVAL HEROES RECEIVE HOMECOMING FLEET
Among those who acted as reception committee to the homecoming fleet Thursday afternoon on board of the Mayflower were the wives of some of the Captains of the ships and that grand old lady, the wife of the late Admiral Dewey.....
Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo courtesy of The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 28 December 1918, Final Edition, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown831kKing George of England inspects an American battleship during World War One. Donor: Frank Freidel, who obtained these photographs from the National Archives.
Accession number: 65-3876, courtesy of trumanlibrary.org.
Almost Unknown423kAmerican battleship fleet gathered off coast of Brittany shortly before part of the ships started back to New York.Photographer: Int. Film Service
Photo courtesy of National Archives Identifier: 45512675
Local Identifier: 165-WW-334A-98.
National Archives Catalog.
Almost Unknown2.36kWHEN AMERICA'S SHIPS COME IN
Mounted upon a landing platform over a big gun turret in the upper picture is a seaplane poised as for flight, like a great bird. The lower picture shows the line of flag-decked battleships as they passed in review before Secretary of Navy Daniels and came to anchor in the Hudson River—the Sixth American Battle Squadron, home from 18 months' service in foreign waters.
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo by Bismarck Daily Tribune. (Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.]) 1881-1916, 04 January 1919, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown 289k Original Caption: Secretary of Navy Josephus Daniels confers with Navy heads.
Secretary Daniels has conference with officers of returned battlefleet in his office at Navy Department, Washington, D.C., 4 January 1919. Rear Admiral Rodman outlined plan of destroying German fleet which surrendered to Grand Fleet of Britain and urged that enemy ships be destroyed. Standing, left to right:- Admiral Braisted; Admiral Blue; Capt. Christie; Capt. Bassett; Capt. McVoy; Capt. Dayton; Admiral McGowan; Capt. Stocker; Admiral Parks; Col. Theoll; Commander Foote and Commander Freer;- Sitting, left to right:- Admiral Mayo; Admiral Rodman; General Barnett; head of Marine Corps; Capt. Pratt; and Admiral Coontz. Secretary Daniels in center, foreground.
Photographer: International Film Service.
National Archives Identifier: 45511988
Local Identifier: 165-WW-333D-1.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown634kOn a wintry morning, when the clouds hung low, our victory fleet, looming out of the fog, steamed proudly into the harbor. Beautiful gray phantoms, silent and swift and powerful. And leading the way came a stout little special patrol flying the flag of the Secretary. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 05 January 1919, Image 55, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown375kA view of the great fleet as it rides at anchor in the Hudson taken from the parapets of Riverside Drive. The huge fighting craft present a noble and inspiring picture which has been viewed by thousands. Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York [N.Y.]) 1833-1916, 05 January 1919, Section 3 Pictorial Magazine, Image 31, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Atlantic Fleet260kObservation balloon aboard an American battleship, 1919.Photographer:Committee on Public Information.
National Archives Identifier: 20807812
Local Identifier: 165-WW-63D-003.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
(Almost)Unknown Photos 834k Unknown battleship firing broadside.Photo 08_06_004679 courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection via Sean Hert & flickr.com.
Almost Unknown500kLAUNCHING AN OBSERVATION BALLOON from the deck of a battleship at sea.Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 05 February 1919, Night Extra Closing Stock Prices, Image 24, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 874k Panoramic View of U. S. Fleet Off Coast of Brittany Before Departure for Home
This is the first picture of the American fleet that performed long and gallant service in European waters to reach this country. It shows Vice Admiral Mayo's command riding at anchor off the coast of Brittany just before receiving orders to sail for home after the armistice was signed. These waters have been the scene of many a desperate naval battle. The great Spanish fleets that set out to conquer Britain centuries ago met their doom not many miles distant from this peaceful spot. During the last war the German U boats made specialty of infesting these waters awaiting the transports. The fast American and British cruisers, and destroyers patrolled these shore line regularly, while from the clouds fleets of hydro airplanes maintained an unceasing vigil.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 24 February 1919, FINAL EDITION, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown369kAn impressive picture this of the entire American battleship fleet gathered off the coast of Brittany shortly before part of the ships started back to New York. In addition to the dreadnought's which make a formidable array, there are also a number of cruisers and destroyers on hand. Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Sun. (New York, [N.Y.]) 1916-1920, 02 March 1919, Section 3 Pictorial Magazine, Image 33, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 628k GREAT AMERICAN FLEET COMING UP NEW YORK HARBOR Image and text provided by The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundation.
Photo from The Evening World. (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1931, 14 April 1919, Final Results Edition, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown597kUNCLE SAM'S SEA FIGHTERS TO GET BIG WELCOMEImage and text provided by Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH.
Photo from Perrysburg Journal. (Perrysburg, Wood Co., O. [Ohio]) 186?-1965, 24 April 1919, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown831kArrival of New Pacific Fleet in Western Ocean
First photograph showing the arrival of the Pacific fleet in the western ocean after its successful trip through the Panama canal. The fleet is shown swinging into battle formation before straightening it's course for San Diego. The passage of the big fleet between the oceans was made without the slightest hitch, and was an epochal test for the big waterway.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 14 August 1919, FINAL EDITION, Image 8, & The Washington Herald. 1906-1939, 20 August 1919, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown901kSTRANGE MASCOTS OF THE FLEET
Coxswain Caulkett and his goat mascot Shooter, on board the Kentucky (BB-6). Redhead and 14 Bore, parrot mascots belonging to C. B. M. Rolenhagen and Coxswain Curtis of the New Jersey (BB-16). Goat mascots Caliber and Anchor of the Wyoming (BB-32). Boatswain's Mate B. P. Holloway and a close-up of Frisky, the Panama sugar bear mascot of the battleship Alabama (BB-8). Seaman Du Bois and his Panama squirrel Creeper aboard the Maryland (BB-46).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 07 September 1919, Image 80, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown460kTHE PACIFIC FLEET LYING AT ANCHOR AWAITING REVIEW Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Star.(Seattle, Wash.) 1899-1947, 12 September 1919, Image 18, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown661kBurneil Poole - Painter of Ships Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 28 March 1920, Image 54, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown525kA three months' cruise with the fleet to Europe, by James E, Abbe. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 28 March 1920, Image 67, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown600kSupermen these! Five of them can shoulder a battleship's l6-inch gun. But it's one of the wooden guns from the navy's record breaking recruiting station, the famous land battleship of Union Square, Recruit, which has been recently dismantled. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 11 April 1920, Image 51, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown480kSecretary of the Navy Daniels uses the new wireless telephone to send a greeting to Rear Admiral McDonald, commandant of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, from the Pennsylvania (BB-38), flagship of Admiral Wilson and of the Atlantic fleet, at anchor in the Hudson at Ninety-seventh Street. The Pennsylvania brought the navy's big boss up from Hampton Roads. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text courtesy of New-York Tribune.(New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 9 May 1920, Image 53, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown900kNot a shipwrecked crew at sea trying to rig a jury mast on a make shift raft, but a bunch of husky sailor lads of your Uncle Sam's navy at work in a heavy sea erecting one of the big targets used for gun practice by the battleships.Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 30 May 1920, Image 49, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown711kFEEDING PIGEONS AT CITY HALL
Miss Violet Oliver, whom Admiral Hugh Rodman named as the official mascot of the Pacific fleet. She also is known as California's Raisin Girl.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 30 July 1920, NIGHT EXTRA, Image 20, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown921kScout Planes On Board Battleships Image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo & text courtesy of Abbeville Progress. (Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, La.) 1913-1944, 21 August 1920, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown 1.09k Part of United States Fleet in the Hudson
A portion of the United States fleet now rides at anchor in the Hudson river. It will stay there for a short time to give the Jackies time to feel the big town. Back again the fleet will come on September 4th to stay until the 12th. Another week's visit from September 25 to October 3, another from October 10 to the 24th, and a final vacation from October 30 to November 7, before the ships put into their navy yards to get ready for the winter trip to Guantanamo.
Image and text provided by Indiana State Library.
Photo & text courtesy of South Bend News-Times. (South Bend, Ind.) 1913-1938, 06 September 1920, Morning Edition, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown649k SINGING TO A WHOLE FLEET.
Mme. Tetrazzini, famous Metropolitan opera star, warbling from her city apartment to every battleship in New York Harbor by means of the wonderfully ingenious radio telephone.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 12 December 1920, Image 56, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown970k U.S. NAVY
With the Fleet
When you look out over the stern of a big dreadnought and see a line of regular he ships following in battle formation, you just can't help swelling up and letting out a couple of man sized roars.
A fair sea, a good breeze, and a line of battleships making fifteen to twenty knots, present the most inspiring sight any man can ask on this earth. Living with such experiences turns boys into men, gives them a grip on life makes real stuff of them. They work hard, they play hard, and we know that, if necessary, they can fight hard. Learn about your wonderful Navy. Be proud of it. It is respected by every country in the world. And it is yours; every bit your Navy.
Image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo from The Herald. (New Orleans, La.) 1905-1953, 16 December 1920, Christmas, Image 14, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown621kThis is an original 1921 halftone print of a U. S. battleship. Photo courtesy of periodpaper.com
Almost Unknown724kAn inspiring view of the Pacific Fleet, accompanied by aircraft, taken along the west coast while the vessels were steaming toward the Panama Canal. These battleships meet the Atlantic Fleet in Cuban waters. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 13 February 1921, Image 65, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
LOC2.42kRETIRING U. S. OFFICIALS RECIPIENTS OF BEAUTIFUL PRESENTS FROM FRIENDS
Navy Secretary Daniels receiving the oil painting of the dreadnought New Mexico (BB-40). Miss Marie Mcintyre presented it. At the right are Assistant Secretary Woodbury and O. W. Stone. Below. Vice President Marshall and his loving cup.
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo & text by Grand Forks Herald. (Grand Forks, N.D.) 1916-1955, 09 March 1921, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown1.25kNAVY YARD SALUTES HARDING, GOING TO REVIEW FLEETImage and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 28 April 1921, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown2.40kAIR AND SEA CRAFT IN REVIEW
Battleship and blimp photographed from airplane during review of fleet by President Harding in Hampton Roads yesterday.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 29 April 1921, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Hampton Roads 232k Hampton Roads and Fortress Monroe, Where the Monitor Fought the Merrimac .
The photo is not clear enough for me to be more specific than one Delaware (BB-28 / 29) class BB at left and two Connecticut (BB-18 / 22 - 25) class BB's toward the middle of the shot.
If this photo really dates from 1923, there were no Connecticut class ships in commission, all of them being scrapped or on the West Coast. DANFS notes that the Deleware (BB-28) was at the Presidential Fleet Review at Hampton Roads 28 April 1921. If so, the Kansas (BB-21), Minnesota (BB-22) & New Hampshire (BB-25) were still in commission then on the East Coast.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Richard Jensen.
Photo courtesy of periodpaper.com
Almost Unknown288kHarding Reviewing Fleet
Image and text provided by University of New Mexico.
Photo from The Evening Herald. (Albuquerque, N.M.) 1914-1922, 08 May 1921, HOME EDITION, Image 23, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown1.15kSCRAP BATTLESHIPS. U. S. PLAN
SNAPSHOTS OF INTERESTING MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE COME TO MOMENTOUS ARMS MEETING FROM FAR CORNERS OF EARTH
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Photo from The Bismarck Tribune. (Bismarck, N.D.) 1916-current, 12 November 1921, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown1.23kU. S. Proposes to Scrap Five Types of Capital Ships That Cost $99,535,000
Above, the Vermont (BB-20). Center, the Connecticut (BB-18) (left) and the Missouri (BB-11). Below, the Michigan (BB-27) (left) and the Virginia (BB-13).
If the Hughes' proposal for the scrapping of battleships is carried out fifteen capital ships of five classes in the U. S. navy, the original cost of which was $99,535,000, will be destroyed. One vessel in each class is shown above. The Connecticut has one sister ship, the Louisiana (BB-19); the Vermont has three sister ships, the Kansas (BB-21), the Minnesota (BB-22) and the New Hampshire (BB-25); the Virginia four, the New Jersey (BB-16), the Georgia (BB-15), the Rhode Island (BB-17) and the Nebraska (BB-14); the Missouri one, the Maine (BB-10); and the Michigan one, the South Carolina (BB-26).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 20 November 1921, Sunday Edition, Image 17, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown1.15kHow They Keep Track of Our Navy's Vessels
Here is how Uncle Sam keeps track of every ship in the United States navy. Each one of the four walls of this room in the division of ship movements at the Navy department is covered with a large blackboard. Each wall is devoted to a different fleet, and the change in the movement is received and noted by wireless. Capt. E. C. Kalbfus is shown on the ladder making changes in the location of certain ships in the Atlantic fleet. Assistant Secretary of the Navy Roosevelt (as in F.D.R. 32nd President)(left) and Rear Admiral W.. C. Cole. assistant chief of naval operations, are watching.
Image and text provided by Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA.
Photo from The Herald. (New Orleans, La.) 1905-1953, 18 May 1922, Magazine, Image 9, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Sea Dogs in Storage305kPhiladelphia Navy Yard, U.S. Sea Dogs in Storage, 15 June 1922.
This photo is not clear enough to ID the BB's. The DD's to the right of the pier are in the same portion of the basin that previously held Kearsarge (BB-5) and Illinois (BB-7), so one can not be certain that the BB's in the background are in the same order as in the previous photo.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Richard M. Jensen.
Photo courtesy of phillyhistory.org
Almost Unknown1.00kTHE SUNSET GUNS of a giant battleship of the Atlantic fleet at present anchored off New York harbor salute the dying day. The fleet was brought to New York for "Navy Day." Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 30 October 1922, HOME FINAL EDITION, Image 13, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown1.12k A Navy smoke screen, probably 1923.
Based on the bridge config, this is the battleship Alabama (BB-08). So the date of the photo (1923) is suspect since BB-8 was sunk as a target in 1921. It is possible (no proof, though) that the activity in this photo is related to the bombing tests.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Richard M. Jensen.
Ernest La Rue Collection, Gift of the U.S. Army. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. USN photo # Lot-11952-VI-41 from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy via flickr.com.
Almost Unknown587k Battleships at Long Beach, circa mid 1920's.
What looks to be a Tennessee class (BB-43 /44) battleship in front with a Pennsylvania class (BB-38 /39) battleship in the middle.
Photo courtesy of Arnold Putnam.
Almost Unknown 867k COMPARING THE OLD BATTLESHIPS WITH THE NEW.
Secretary of the Navy Wilbur and his aide, Capt. W. R. Gherardi, looking over a model of the old Constitution and comparing it with one of the newest superdreadnanghts of the United Stales Navy. The comparison shows great advance in naval warfare since the days of the first American sea fighters. Copyright by Kadei & Herbert
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 26 May 1924, Image 17, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Almost Unknown 255k Post card of old battleships waiting their fate at League Island, Phila. PA., 1924. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Almost Unknown918kView of the U.S. Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, in September 1924. Two battleships are visible, a Colorado-class (BB-45 / 48), left, and Tennessee class (BB-43 / 44).National Archives Identifier: 6036982
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Colorado class799kBoston Waterfront and Navy Yard photo circa 1925 from the Fairchild Aerial Surveys, inc. revels a Colorado class battleship (left side) as well as another large steel lady among the ships.Photo # 08_02_000699 from the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection, courtesy of Kate Monea, Archivist, USS Constitution Museum
Almost Unknown269kDance the day away onboard an unknown battleship?.Image courtesy of shorpy.com.
BB-40 New Mexico 2.44k Langley (CV-1) with Vought VE-7 aircraft on deck, at anchor off Culebra Island, Puerto Rico on 18 March 1926. In the background are 4 four-stack destroyers and a Tennessee class (BB-43 /44) battleship on the left, and two New Mexico (BB-40 /42) class battleships (center and right).
At the time, the Tennessee's are hard to tell apart. A few years later, Tennessee (BB-43) had the open bridge added around her pilothouse, and even later, California (BB-44) added the enlarged flag bridge. But in the 1922 (or so) period, they were close in config.
The New Mexico's appear to be Mississippi (BB-41) on the left (or in the center) and New Mexico (BB-40) (nearly bow-on) on the right.

The original photo was labeled "Harbinger" to show symbolically how the unimposing Langley was the first of a line of ships which eventually drove the battleship from its primary place into the background.
Photo i.d. & text in italics courtesy of Richard Jensen.
USN photo via collections.naval.aviation.museum.
Almost Unknown709kDifferent angle of the above photo: Langley (CV-1) & Battleships at anchor off Culebra Island, Puerto Rico 18 March 1926. The number of battleships (9) plus the Langley match the "Blue" force in Fleet Problem VI (1926)).Text i.d. via Fabio Peña.
USN photo NARA II 80-G-185902 via courtesy of Tracy White @ Researcher @ Large.
Almost Unknown684kMay 1927: Sailors from the US Navy sit astride guns mounted on a battleship. Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.
BB-41 Mississippi 317k New Mexico (BB-40) but might be Mississippi (BB-41). The angle is bad for viewing the pilothouse. It seems to me to be small and raised up (id 60%). Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
Photo possibly by Frank Lynch, chief photographer of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, circa 1929.
Photo from the collection of Carrie Schmidt.
Panama646kBattleship fleet underway, circa 1930.Photo by CWO4 Cecil Wood USMC, contributed by his son Donald Wood via Gary Priolo.
Almost Unknown638kView of the U.S. Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, in 1932, Identifiable ships include (front to back): the crane ship Kearsarge (AB-1); (probably) a Tennessee class (BB-43 / 44), two Eagle-class patrol craft; Arkansas (BB-33); three Clemson/Wilkes-class destroyers; & Lexington (CV-2).Photo i.d. via commons.wikimedia.org.
National Archives Identifier: 6036984
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
BB-36 Nevada565kUS fleet at Colon Harbor, Panama, in 1933.
The aircraft carriers Lexington (CV-2), Saratoga (CV-3) & Langley (CV-1) are in the upper right.
Photo courtesy of Vicente Pascua via Ron Armstrong.
Almost Unknown1.63kShips of the United States Fleet pictured at anchor inside the breakwater at Colon, Canal Zone. Identifiable ships include the aircraft carriers Lexington (CV-2), Langley (CV-1), and Saratoga (CV-3), as well as the battleships Texas (BB-35) and New York (BB-34). Omaha-class and Pensacola-class cruisers are also visible. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum photo No. 1996.488.001.006.
Almost Unknown274k[Eleanor Roosevelt, Mrs. James (Betsy Cushing) Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt's mother, Mrs. James (Sara) Roosevelt, posed standing under big guns on battleship Indiana, 31 May 1934].
One minor problem is that there was no battleship by that name then.
Image # LC-USZ62-96632 and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Almost Unknown802kFestive crowd aboard a battleship in a scene from the film A Night At The Opera, 1935. Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.
Almost Unknown274kUS Navy battleships in parade formation in San Diego, California, 23 August 1935.
Pennsylvania (BB-38) in the lead followed by West Virginia (BB-48), Colorado (BB-45), Maryland (BB-46), California (BB-44) and Texas (BB-35). After the Texas, the photo is just too "fuzzy" for an ID.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Richard Jensen.
USN photo # 80-G-462946 from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy via flickr.com.
Almost Unknown843kView of the U.S. Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, in 1936, Identifiable ships include (front to back): the crane ship Kearsarge (AB-1) is visible in the background. A New Orleans-class heavy cruiser and a Tennessee class (BB-43 / 44) or Colorado-class (BB-45 / 48) battleship are visible in the drydocks as well as the Lexington (CV-2).
"PSNS-NavyYard1936" could not have been taken during 1936. The carrier in the photo is definitely Lexington, but photos in Sept 1935 show her funnel AA gallery being added. That gallery is not evident in this shot. Also, there is a Farragut class DD in the picture. Worden , (DD-352), was built by PSNY. She was launched in Oct '34, and commissioned the following June. So the photo was likely taken between Oct '34 and June '35.
Photo i.d. via commons.wikimedia.org.
Photo i.d.2 courtesy of Richard M. Jensen.
National Archives Identifier: 6036985
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Almost Unknown158kA US Navy battleship cruises under the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge as it is being built, San Francisco, California, circa 1936.Photo by Underwood Archives / Getty Images courtesy of mashable.com
(Almost)Unknown Photos 541k Battleship fleet in Port Angeles, Washington, 1936. Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
BB-41 Mississippi 234k 6,750 airplanes equal 15 Battleships--Cook. Washington, D.C., February 25. Testifying before the House Naval Affairs Committee today, Rear Admiral Arthur B. Cook, Chief of the Navy Department Bureau of Aeronautics, declared that it would take 6,750 airplanes to give the same volume of fire in one hour of 15 battleships. The cost of the 6,750 planes would be approximately seven times that of the 15 battleships if replacement requirements of the airplanes were considered, 2/25/38. Harris & Ewing photo # LC-H22-D-3317 courtesy of loc.gov.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 1.10k Whaleboats of the Battle Fleet racing at San Pedro., June, 1938.
The whaleboat closest to the New Mexico (BB-40 / 42) class battleship is marked (B-39) and is from the Arizona.
USNI Photo Navy Recruiting Bureau, N.Y. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Photo i.d. courtesy of Mike Green.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 1.30k Fleet review for the Legionnaires-Combining aircraft with the Fleet, the Navy staged war-games outside Los Angeles Harbor for the American Legion. December, 1938. USNI Photo Navy Recruiting Bureau, N.Y. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 1.00k The three battleships of the Colorado (BB-45 / 48) class, {in no particular order}, Colorado (BB-45), Maryland (BB-46) & West Virginia (BB-48) in formation during a display for the American legion Convention at Los Angeles, December 1938. USNI Photo Navy Recruiting Bureau, N.Y. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Almost Unknown432kThis is an original 1938 halftone print of men assembling battleship templates at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The process between drafting and creating a model required about a year to complete. Photo courtesy of periodpaper.com
Almost Unknown465kView of the U.S. Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, in 1940. Identifiable ships include (front to back): the aircraft carrier Lexington (CV-2); a New Orleans-class heavy cruiser; a Tennessee class (BB-43 / 44) battleship (left); a Nevada-class (BB-36 / 37) battleship; a Brooklyn-class light cruiser; two Farragut-class destroyers; a Northampton-class heavy cruiser is in a drydock; one of the destroyers in the foreground is probably Charles F. Hughes (DD-428) which was built at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and commissioned on 5 September 1940. The other could be Monssen (DD-436), commissioned on 14 March 1941. The contruction of Drydock No. 5 was started in the background.National Archives Identifier: 6036986
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
(Almost)Unknown Photos 653k The old and the new, April 1940. USNI Photo Navy Recruiting Bureau, N.Y. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 1.20k Security for the hemisphere is and will long remain in battleships, April, 1940. USNI Photo Navy Recruiting Bureau, N.Y. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 294k At sea with the Navy----Smooth seas for the battle wagons.
This striking picture, released today by the Navy, shows three huge battleships moving in formation thorough the calm waters of the Caribbean during the recent war games. This picture was made from the aircraft carrier Lexington (CV-2).
A.P. Wirephoto from the collection of Michael Strout, courtesy of Jonathan Eno.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 950k US Fleet exercising for Navy Day, destroyers in the upper left, center, heavy cruisers and battleships in the right foreground. USNI Photo Navy Recruiting Bureau, N.Y. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 301k The heart of the Fleet about which the widespread structure of naval strength is built. The Idaho (BB-42) leads the way, May, 1940.
She never had wind baffles on her bridge shielding as her two sisters did. The battleship behind her is probably New Mexico (BB-40), since she had pronounced wind baffles with visible supports on the faces of her bridge shields. I would be absolutely certain that she is if the photo had better resolution, but am 95% sure anyway. Mississippi (BB-41) had wind baffles on the faces of her shielding also, but hers were less pronounced, and without much of the supports visible. It appears that Mississippi is astern of New Mexico turning to starboard into column.
Another clue is that Idaho was fitted as a flagship as opposed to her sisters, and it would follow that she would be lead battleship in the column of her Division. The three sisters comprised BATDIV THREE for much of the 1930's.
USNI Photo Navy Recruiting Bureau, N.Y. courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of David Buell.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 789k A carrier air group flies above the Arizona (BB-39), New Mexico (BB-40) & West Virginia (BB-48) and the rest of the Pacific Fleet during Fleet Ops in October 1940.
The first two squadrons are the same: a torpedo squadron of Douglas TBD-1s (monoplanes) followed by a bombing squadron of Northrop BT-1s (monoplanes). After that I'm uncertain because the biplane types are too small to determine at the available resolution.
USNI Photo Navy Recruiting Bureau, N.Y. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Text & photo i.d. courtesy of Alan Moore via Battleship Arizona: An Illustrated History by Paul Stillwell, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991.
(Almost)Unknown Photos 1.20k Fleet maneuvers - a line of battleships is seen to the left, followed by cruisers through whose line the destroyers are speeding. USNI Photo Navy Recruiting Bureau, N.Y. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Boom 232k Chart illustrating that in 10 minutes a modern U.S. battleship can deliver projectile weight equivalent to the total bomb load of 120 4-engine bombers. Received 13 September 1944. Photo i.d. courtesy of Richard Jensen.
USN photo # 80-G-46487 now in the collections of the National Archives & National Museum of the U.S. Navy via flickr.com.
Paint832kCrewmen aboard a Navy battleship apply "war paint" to the huge 16-inch guns of the ship somewhere in the Pacific. Photograph released 16 April 1945. TR-11822. Note, the photograph is curved.Official U.S. Navy photograph 80-G-324551 now in the collections of the National Archives.
Almost Unknown197kBattleship mock-up set up as a backdrop for ceremonies in Washington, D.C. honoring Admiral Chester Nimitz, 5 October 1945.Photo by Abbie Rowe, Accession number: 73-2054 courtesy of trumanlibrary.org.
Almost Unknown745kPanorama of dozens of Navy battleships anchored in the Hudson River just above the George Washington Bridge clear down to the southern tip of Manhattan during the 1st post-war Navy Day. Photo by Al Fenn/Pix Inc./The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images, courtesy of gettyimages.com.

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