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CDVs of Identified US Naval Academy Cadets, ca 1870s, Lot of 19

Lot of 19 CDVs of  United States Naval Academy cadets, pictured both individually and in groups. The portraits are credited to F.M. Zuller, a professional photographer from the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, with the exception of one taken at "T.W. Clark's / National / Photographic Gallery / Norfolk / Va." Subjects appear in uniform, including some with hats and gloves, and are identified by name with period inscriptions: William B. Boggs (Washington, D.C.), Willie G. Clark (NY), Frank F. Fletcher (IA), Edgar H. Gaither (KY), Frederick L. Hartmann (NY), Charles W. Haskell (IA), Augustus E. Jardine (NJ), Zun Zow Matsmulla (Japan), Warner H. Nostrand (NY), Hosea A. Osgood (MA), Otho H. W. Ragan (MD), Henry F. Reich (PA), Matthew G. Reynolds (MO), Richard H. Townler (NE), Hunter C. White (RI), Thomas C. Whitehead (NC), and Allen W. Wills (PA). Originally members of the same class, these young men entered the Naval Academy in 1870. All served as cadet midshipmen, with the exception of Boggs, who is listed as a cadet engineer. According to Naval Academy Registers of Delinquencies, Boggs received numerous citations, for reasons including "dirt under bed," "hands in pockets," "playing ball in corridor," and "receiving assistance surreptitiously in his work."  Hartmann and Ragan resigned in 1871, but the others presumably graduated, perhaps serving as U.S. Navy officers during the Spanish American War and World War I. Of special interest is Matsmulla (also known as Junso Matsumura), one of two Japanese cadets enrolled under a Congressional resolution passed in 1860. Matsmulla had entered Rutgers College in 1868 but left the following year to enroll in the Naval Academy. He graduated in 1873 and returned to Japan, where he served in the Imperial Japanese Navy as a Captain, Rear Admiral, and ultimately Vice Admiral.



All with holes in corners, suggesting display.

Estimate: $150 - $300
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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