Estampe XXVI: chiaroscuro for the turn of a century

Source: “U.S. Cruiser Atlanta #2.” Detroit Publishing Company Collection, Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/det1994022110/PP/. Photoshopped.

Noting that the image has no Detroit Publishing Company number, the Library dates it only to the range 1900-1920. However, the Atlanta was decommissioned in 1912, and the 45-star flag in the photograph wouldn’t have been flown after 1907. Most of the naval ships in the Detroit Publishing Company collection appear to have been photographed in New York, and if that’s the case for this image, we can use Wikipedia’s article “U.S.S. Atlanta (1884)” (accessed 24 October 2015) to date it tentatively to September or October 1900.

Portrait minus face

 

Miss Vixen, mascot of USS Vixen, probably between 1899 and 1901. Detroit Publishing Company Collection, Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/det1994001025/PP/. Photoshopped.

Bibliographical note: the text in this link refers to Vixen as a funboat. In the MARC record, however, the word is gunboat. And I’d guess that the record’s stated terminus a quo for the photograph, 1890, should be something like 1899. According to Wikipedia, Vixen was built in 1896 as a private yacht and commissioned in 1898 for service in the Spanish-American War.