Sailor Boys

Photographer Unknown

CountryUnited States

MediumGelatin Silver


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Children, Fashion, Landscape, Figure, Reflections, sailboats, Toys


Image Dimensions: 24.2 x 18.8 cm
Support Dimensions: none

This pictorial composition of two children wearing identical sailor suits while one launches a sailboat in the pond of a Japanese Garden is by an unknown photographer. A portrait of the same child (launching the boat) now in a private collection who wears a slightly different suit from the same era was photographed in a formal  pose by the Fred Hartsook Studio of San Francisco | Los Angeles. The setting for this photograph may also be a constructed setting inside a studio as part of the background at far right may be a painted backdrop.


It is possible the children were professional models doing some type of catalog work. Further insight is welcome.



condition: print recto:  silvering and surface abrasions

print verso: adhesive remnants to all margins. in graphite: # 573


Fred Hartsook: 1876-1930

Fred Hartsook (26 October 1876 – 30 September 1930) was an American photographer and owner of a California studio chain described as “the largest photographic business in the world” at the time,[1] who counted Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, Mary Pickford, and sitting President Woodrow Wilson among his celebrity clients. He later became the owner of the Hartsook Inn, a resort in Humboldt County, and two ranches in Southern California on which he reared prized Holstein cattle. Hartsook was married to Bess Hesby, queen of the San Francisco Pan-Pacific Exposition of 1915. (1.)


1. Fred Hartsook: Wikipedia accessed March, 2015

Sailor Boys