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Showing off the monkey

Showing off the monkey. 1930s-40s snapshot. Private Collection.

Showing off the monkey. 1920s-30s snapshot. Private Collection. Click for larger image.

Was it Family Day on this USS? Here two sailors are happy to show off their pet monkey to a group of civilians, the one on the left distracting it while the one on the right is at a control board’s commands…but to what purpose? Also, I have trouble believing sailors were allowed to have a pet monkey, but it’s looking like that one got a free pass aboard!

The young girl to the right is tired, rubbing her eyes while the lady behind looks like she was in the middle of saying something, maybe about that monkey. The gentleman in suit and boater is the lone soul of the group who caught the photographer in time for the snapshot, and he isn’t shy to smile big.

I’m not familiar with the history of the U.S Navy ships, but going by the man’s suit and detachable collar, and the women’s big flowery hats I’m thinking this was taken in the late 10’s, 20’s, or at the very latest the early 30’s…and I’m only mentioning the 30’s because I have no idea what USS Navy ships looked like then, but to me those canons look like they were going to be used in WW2.

I love how busy this photograph is; everyone seems to have had a good time on board. And the curled tail of the monkey around the sailor’s neck.

Are these two related?

The wife, sailor brother and a far cousin?

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In depth: 1911 private Stephen Moravyk and the Mexican Border War

Detail of RPPC. 1910 to early 1911. Personal Collection. (Clean up that stain, private!)

Detail of RPPC. 1911. Private Collection.

The pose is great and the young man is the poster boy for a recruitment advert.  So I set to research some more about him. If you want to find out how the process went, keep on reading.

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