The cover is embossed in gold with the title “Photographs,” with a paper label pasted in the center with the hand-printed inscription “’Seven Seas’/ 1927-8/ WS Gublemann (sic)/ Owner/ Ketch Sylvia/ Alan Butler/ Owner/ 1928-9.”
The scrapbook is primarily devoted to two square-rigger ships – Seven Seas, owned by William S. Gubelmann, and Joseph Conrad, owned by G. Hunting Hartford, II. These boats raced between Newport, Rhode Island, and Bermuda, on and off from 1937 to 1938.
Lang apparently was friendly with the Gubelmann family, and was on the Seven Seas for some parts of some of the races, together with various crew members, yachtsmen, and socialites. The collection includes four professional 8 x 10 inch black-and-white photographs of the Seven Seas, as well as a 7 x 9 inch photograph of it. There are also numerous smaller photographs of the boat. Photographs of the Joseph Conrad include two professional 8 x 10 inch black-and-white photographs, and two smaller mounted photographs of it by C.H. Crandall. Also included are large numbers of snapshot photographs, various menus, and other memorabilia. Numerous newspaper clipping explain the extremely complicated and sometimes contentious race history from Newport to Bermuda, and a return race.
Other Scrapbook Contents
The scrapbook also contains other yachting images, apparently unrelated to the square-rigger race. For example, there are various sized black-and-white photographs, c. 1928-29 of the ketch Silvia, owned by Alan Butler. Alan Butler was Chairman of de Havilland Aircraft and an avid boater. In addition, a June 26, 1938 clipping from the New York Times includes a bird’s eye view of twenty two Class A yachts at the start of a race to Bermuda from Newport. The original 8 x 10 photograph on matte paper that was used as the image for this news photo accompanies the clipping. There are also numerous assorted yacht photographs of this period, various sizes and formats, most loose, some in another Lang scrapbook.
Condition: Generally very good with usual light overall toning and wear. Some photographs with creases. Articles yellowed as expected. Some articles or photographs loose or missing. Contents generally held with photograph corners, can be removed without damage to them, though some photographs might retain corner adhesives. Sold as a collection of photographs and memorabilia. Additional research is merited into this large and varied unique collection.
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