Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Miniature Photo's from the Naval Academy, Annapolis MD ca 1931

After Jim Moran IV graduated from Dresden High School he went on to the Naval Academy at Annapolis. He did well and would have been successful except he had no ear for French and apparently if you can't pass French you can't stay at the Naval Academy.  Though he flunked French he did go on to become an engineer and had a successful career at Eastman in Kingsport TN.


These pictures are part of a souvenir miniature collection that he purchased and sent back home so everyone could see where Jimmie was hanging out.  The photographs are from the Pickering Studio in Annapolis.

Bancroft Hall from Lovers Lane

Seaward Entrance, Bancroft Hall


Chapel & Colors


Dress Parade

Entire Regiment, Dress Parade, June Week

Entrance Bancroft Hall

Glimpse of U.S. Naval Academy

Graduation Exercises, Class 1931

Interior of Bancroft Hall

Interior of Chapel 

Japanese Bell

Liberty Tree St Johns College

Mexican Monument

U.S. Naval Academy from Air

Original Tecumseh Figurehead of U.S.S. Delaware

Polar Expedition Memorial

Resignation of Washington in State House at Annapolis

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The United States Naval Academy Annapolis
Glorious in conception, resplendent in tradition, moulding the character of the future offices of our vigilant fleet, the United States Naval Academy stands as an every pulsating symbol of patriotic splendor.
Situated on historic ground formerly occupied by Fort Severn, on the mile wide Severn river, 25 miles southeast of Baltimore, the Academy is adjacent to Annapolis, the State Capital of Maryland.
The Naval Academy is a complete city in itself, covering 184 acres with 140 buildings, a hospital on a 22 acre ground ant the 855 acre Rifle Range and Dairy Farm at Gambrills, representing a total investment of $28,000,000.  It was founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft, and has a present enrollment of 2000 midshipman.
A complete naval history of our country, with relics of the past as well as equipment for the future, can be visualized on these grounds.  There is the chapel with the crypt of John Paul Jones, "Father of the American Navy."  The several blocks long Bancroft Hall contains Memorial Hall, dedicated to the Navy's heroic dead.  Here Perry's famous battle flag with the words: "Don't give up the ship," is seen overhead.  A well equipped gymnasium and the athletic trophy room are located in Macdonough Hall.
Outside the Santee Basin lies the "Reina Mercedes," captured at Santiago in the Spanish War and on the waters opposite Luce Hall rests the yacht "America," winner of the international America's Cup.
The library and all flags captured by the navy during the last 150 years are housed in Mahan Hall, and in the basement of Maury Hall is a small Naval Museum with Collections pertaining to days of wood and sail.  An interesting exhibit of models of steam engines, airplanes and their motors is placed in Isherwood Hall.
Infantry drills of the midshipmen take place on Worden Field, and on the Heights across Dorsey creek stands the Naval Hospital.  The Tripolis monument, honoring Decatur and Somer, who liberated American vessels from Mediterranean pirate exactions, is worthy of notice, as is Dahlgren Hall where 10,000 visitors assemble for the graduation exercises, and where the famous Farewell Ball of June Week takes place.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Tampa Bay Hotel, ca 1900

I had been wondering for a couple of years where this very ornate building could be.  Today I have my answer, Tampa Florida.

It was originally built by Henry B. Plant, a railroad magnate, as the Tampa Bay Hotel.  It cost 3 million to build, takes up 6 acres of space for the hotel alone, had 511 rooms and was the first hotel in Florida to have an elevator, electricity and telephones.  The grounds were 150 acres and included amenities such as a golf course, race track, swimming pool and casino.  It was popular with celebrities and was used as the base of operations during the Spanish-American War.

Due to the Depression, the hotel shutdown in 1930.  Three years later the Tampa Bay Junior College moved into the building and later it became the University of Tampa.  Part of the building is leased as the Henry B. Plant Museum.

During the last 12 years of John W. Moran's life he suffered from pernicious anemia.  He and his son Harrell would travel to Florida in the hopes that the warmer climate would help with his illness.  It's likely that they stayed at the Tampa Bay Hotel during one of those trips.