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Spanish American War era Navy Bugler Photograph c. 1898

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Posted 7 years ago

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This large 8 1/2" X 6" mounted image shows a US Navy sailor with his bugle.

His hat band shows "NING SQUADRON" for Training Squadron.

Interestingly, the photographers backdrop doesn't show a naval scene-- it depicts a rural scene. Perhaps this sailor had the photograph made while home on leave.

The photographer is not identified. The sailor is identified on the back of the photograph.

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    Thanks tom.
  2. SCPODan, 7 years ago
    Notice he is wearing the ex-Apprentice program mark (figure eight knot) on his blouse/jumper.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
    I am not familiar at all with Navy insignia-- thanks for pointing it out.

    What exactly does the apprentice program mark signify? Was it used for every field or specific jobs?

    Thanks again,

  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks again tlmbaran.

  5. SCPODan, 6 years ago
    Here's my write-up on the ex-Apprentice distinguishing mark for USN.


  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks for the link and article Dan!

  7. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks Purdy and walksoftly.

  8. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 6 years ago
    I would expect that the 'NING' is not 'The' Squadron but the end of another word, perhaps TRAI..ning ?
  9. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Correct pop-- as I said in the description: "His hat band shows "NING SQUADRON" for Training Squadron."

    Thanks for looking.

  10. junny1953, 5 years ago
    Scott, You said this sailor is identified on the back; this looks much like my grandfather Frank Grucza who was a buglar around this time. Could you let me know if this is the name? Thanks, Tim
  11. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    I'll check on it. What years was he in the Navy.

    It may until the end of the week to get back to you.

  12. musikchoo musikchoo, 5 years ago
    Can you tell if the mark on his left forehead is a Birthmark or a flaw in the Photo?
  13. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for looking musik-- the image has some dirt and staining to it.

  14. junny1953, 5 years ago
    Scott, I know he lied about his age and was a bugler in 1914; I do not believe he was in the service before that. He served aboard the USS Wolverine (ex: Michigan) before WWI. Thanks for looking. Tim
  15. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    I'll double check, but it is doubtful.

    This image is right around the turn of the century-- 1895- 1905 time period.

  16. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks cultcha.

  17. junny1953, 5 years ago
    I appreciate you checking. I wouldn't have you bother, but it looks so much like him. Thanks, Tim
  18. junny1953, 4 years ago
    Did you ever check the back to get the name of this sailor? Thanks, Tim
  19. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
    I haven't checked.

    If I run across it, I will check (I have thousands of images). It is an earlier image than 1914, so I doubt it will check out.

  20. junny1953, 4 years ago
    Thank you.

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