Ships crew



A. B. Cross Photo, Salem MA


First Mate

Alva Pearsall Photographer, Brooklyn, NY



Turner, Boston MA



L. W. Cook, Boston, MA


Deck hand

Glines, The Fotografer, Boston MA


Cabin boy

G. A. Underwood, Worcester, MA

These are a selection of unidentified photographs in my collection. They do look like the faces of a ship’s crew to some degree. The two fellows at the top I really struggled with. The older gentleman looks more like a tall ship captain, while the younger man looks like a steamer captain. They could be interchangeable, I suppose.

I have listed the various photographers’ names under each photo. You will see that with the exception of the oldest man here, all were from Massachusetts, mainly Boston.

For more photos of crew, ships, people, harbors, bicycles, and more, click over to Sepia Saturday. You will be happy you did!

Heave ho!



Just an average boy


I have previously commented that people sometimes have faces that can step out of one era and fit right into another. This particular boy in no exception to that idea. He has a nice average face, nothing drastic or unusual. He is handsome in an unassuming way. The photograph was made in the 19th century, perhaps in the 1880s. The photographer was A. B. Cross.



This handsome man sat for his portrait showing off his fine handlebar mustache at the studio of A. B. Cross of Salem, MA. The Cross Photo studio is considered one of the most prolific of the CDV era (roughly 1870-1890). Salem of course has a long history in America, and by the time this photo was made, the area had developed numerous industrial interests, including a steam cotton mill, tanneries, and shoe factories. While the harbor and port declined against competition from New York and Boston, the town became famous for the author Nathaniel Hawthorne and its long history. 20th and 21st century school children are taught about the Salem Witch Trials through the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, and based on events that took place in Salem in 1692-93.

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