Manufacturer: New York Monthly Company, New York
Original book page which appears to have a photo on each side, from "The Battle with Spain", published by New York Monthly Company, New York in 1898. Not a reproduction, but page from an antique 1898 issue of this book (we guarantee this), with an antique print on each side of the page.
On one side it's a photo of the Gunners' Gang of the Second-Class Battleship Maine (USS Maine, U.S.S. Maine). In the paragraph beneath the photo it describes what the gunners do relative "firing of ordnance", taking charge of artillery and powder magazines, inspectiing the musketry, etc. It states that this view was taken a few months before the ship's destruction, and that among the 266 men who were killed were nearly all those who appear in the photograph. The people in the picture include an African American sailor (Black American sailor), which may be unusual for this time period (man standing to the most left side). On the other side of the page is a photo of "Masters-At-Arms Mess of the 'Maine'" (please note that there are other photos from the USS Maine in items #1009, 1010, 1012 and 1207).
The book covers of the original book were in very bad shape, so we removed the good pages and are selling them separately. That is why, while there are no dates on these pages themselves, we can guarantee the age. Overall, this book showed pictures of naval vessels, navy ships, battleships, cruisers, gunboats, etc., which were part of the U.S. Navy at the time of the war with Spain (or the Spanish American war, the one with "Remember the Maine!").
Excellent condition black & white photographs or pictures, on full page measuring about 13 inches x 10 3/4 inches. No major tears, bending, or yellowing. There is very minor page edge wear (corner bending, other edge handling wear, all very minor), some stray dots and expected overall handling wear for a book page (no large creases, but the little within-the-page handling bumps or creases that you see from a page being handled or turned within a book, the most prominent small crease occurs in the white margin area). There is also the expected uneven edge where the page was taken from the book, and slight browning at the edges of the pages from age. We would consider all of this minor, and we judge that most or all of this would not be noticeable framed.
A terrific piece to add to a collection related to the Spanish American War, the 1898 War, the U.S.S. Maine, or a collection relating in general to the U.S. Navy or US Navy Vessels, Ships, Battleships, Warships, etc. May also be of interest to those collecting pieces relating to Black Americana or items depicting African Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or Navy in particular.
Relative to shipping, please note: While this is a book page/print, this item CAN NOT be shipped via U.S.P.S. Media Mail per the post office. Please do not select this shipping option because we will have to contact you and change the shipping to something else, increasing your postage cost. The cheapest option for shipping this within the U.S. is via U.S.P.S. Parcel Post. Also, if you are interested in more than one of these 1898 Naval Ship Prints, please contact us before placing the order. The shipping information has been inputted for a purchase of just one and will not calculate the savings you would get when purchasing more than one shipped together in the same package (we will need to handle this for you).