Cast iron mechanical artillery coin bank manufactured by the Shepard Hardware Company, c. 1892. To operate the bank, the mortar’s hammer is pulled back, raising the soldier’s arm. A coin is placed in the mortar. Pressing a lever causes the mortar to shoot the coin into the building. [873×1073]

Cast iron mechanical artillery coin bank manufactured by the Shepard Hardware Company, c. 1892. To operate the bank, the mortar’s hammer is pulled back, raising the soldier’s arm. A coin is placed in the mortar. Pressing a lever causes the… Continue Reading

The Great Dry Dock, Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina. Detroit Photographic Company, circa 1891-1912. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. [2805 x 2204]

The Great Dry Dock, Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina. Detroit Photographic Company, circa 1891-1912. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. [2805 x 2204]

Protected cruiser, USS Chicago (later CA-14), in drydock. Chicago was one of the A,B,C,D ships – the first steel ships of the U.S. Navy and sank in July 1936 while being towed in the Pacific from Honolulu to San Francisco. Detroit Photographic Company, circa 1891-1912. [2016 x 2632]

Protected cruiser, USS Chicago (later CA-14), in drydock. Chicago was one of the A,B,C,D ships – the first steel ships of the U.S. Navy and sank in July 1936 while being towed in the Pacific from Honolulu to San Francisco.… Continue Reading

Launching of USS Oklahoma (BB 37) at New York Shipbuilding Company, Camden, New Jersey, March 23, 1914. This photograph shows the supports for the battleship before launching. [2747 x 2145]

Launching of USS Oklahoma (BB 37) at New York Shipbuilding Company, Camden, New Jersey, March 23, 1914. This photograph shows the supports for the battleship before launching. [2747 x 2145]

United States (CVA-58). Workmen lay the ship’s 15-ton keel plate and initial shell plate, in a construction dry dock at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, 18 April 1949. The carrier was cancelled a few days later, on 23 April. [1280 x 1023]

United States (CVA-58). Workmen lay the ship’s 15-ton keel plate and initial shell plate, in a construction dry dock at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, 18 April 1949. The carrier was cancelled a… Continue Reading