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This is an original 1898 black and white halftone print of a group of American sailors, freshly recruited, taking part in a "setting up" drill outside the recruiting station near the battleship, Vermont.
This 115+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note this item has a descriptive caption that is not pictured in the digital version. Please note there is printing on the reverse of this image.
Period Paper has obtained an unusual collection of historical black and white prints of the Spanish-American War that were published in 1898 by E.J. Stanley. Following the sinking of the Battleship Maine in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898, the United States declared war on Spain on April 25, 1898. The war ended on December 10, 1898 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris resulting in Spain losing Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam and other islands in its overseas empire. Featured are numerous Spanish and American battleships, as well as images of daily life as an American recruit in the late 1800s. This uncommon collection will be of interest to the serious history collector.