Item #CL191-156 [Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland, USA]. W. Eugene Smith, Amer.
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[Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland, USA]

c1941. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, annotated “Baltimore, Life” in pencil in an unknown hand with photographer’s and “Photo-Library, Inc.” stamps verso, 26.8 x 31.5cm. Pinholes and creases to corners, minor stains to lower edge.

Photographer’s stamp reads “Credit W. Eugene Smith, 105 West 72nd Street, New York City. Endicott 2-3259.”

This aerial view shows 17 merchant ships at Sparrow Point at Bethlehem shipyards, which was part of the US government’s Emergency Shipbuilding Program to help rebuild the British Merchant Navy during WWII. It seems likely that Smith took this photograph while he was in Baltimore in 1941 documenting the shore leave of a young British sailor, a gunner on an oil tanker, for Life magazine. Ref: Baltimore Archives; Wiki; Life magazine, 16.6.1941.

Item #CL191-156

Price (AUD): $2,200.00  other currencies

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