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Unknown [Group photo of U.S. Navy sailors]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04546.143 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Shanghai, China Type: Photograph Date: 1899 December 25 Pagination: 1 photograph : b&w ; 23 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: Place, date, and names are written on mount. Back row (left to right): Frank Pape, Bay City Mich. R.W. McDonald, Buffalo, NY. W.T.K. Brown (no place listed). F.D. Grier, Philadelphia, Pa. E.E. Gold, Chicago, Ill. Joseph Bolingbrook (no place listed). Inscription on versi says "S.W.K.B."

Background Information: Brown served as Paymaster Yeoman on the USS Monocacy during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. The Monocacy had served in Chinese waters for nearly 30 years, and was ordered to recapture the ...forts at Taku on 11 June 1900. He was trapped with the US Marines and multinational force in Tientsin.See More


Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: Military PersonnelMilitary UniformsNavy

Sub Era: Empire Building

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