Fort Barry (San Francisco), California: 1908-1910. Album. This leather album, measuring 8” x 10”, contains 35 photographs and real photo postcards, most measuring 5.5” x 3.5”, as well as one color-tinted panoramic photograph measuring 6.5” x 2.5”, a Christmas Dinner Menu for 1910, and two-color postcards. The menu and three photographs or postcards are laid-in; the other images are mounted without glue using album strips. All of the photographs and RPPCs are in nice shape; one is overexposed. All of the RPPCS unused; the two color postcards have been posted. Two of the photographs have short annotations on the reverse, and one is annotated on the front. The menu is stained and worn.
Among the images are
NCOs posing in dress uniforms,
The entire company in dress uniforms, one dated 1908 and one dated 1910,
Fort Barry buildings,
Athletic events (a 100 yard dash and a panoramic image of what appears to be a football game),
A working party resting on top of a 12-inch M1890 mortar,
Six images of soldiers in casual poses,
Soldiers waiting in line at the Post Exchange,
The fort’s cooks and bakers,
Soldiers in heavy field uniforms posed in front of a tent,
Hunting parties including two displaying a killed Bobcat,
Men from the U.S. Lifesaving Service at Point Bonita posing with their lifeboat, and many more.. Very good. Item #009719
The Army’s Coastal Artillery Corps was organized in 1901 to provide for the coastal and harbor defense of the United States. It consisted of 126 batteries or companies stationed along both coasts, Hawaii, the Philippines, and Panama. The units were armed with heavy long range guns designed to engage enemy battleships before they could threaten the mainland. The Corps disbanded after World War II.
The “Alexander” Battery was armed with 12-inch mortars (as shown in these images) and stationed at Fort Barry in San Francisco.
Albums and images of Coastal Artillery posts are decidedly uncommon. At the time of listing, no similar albums are for sale in the trade, and none have been listed at auction per the Rare Book Hub. OCLC identifies only one similar album (but from World War One) held by an institution.