Beginning in the age of sail, Morris and Stanley Rosenfeld devoted nearly a century to making remarkable photographs of sail and, eventually, power boats. Through the pictures in the Art of the Boat 2021 calendar, we can look back to the age of sailing on a grand scale and see the start of a new era of power boating. In 1898 using a borrowed camera Morris Rosenfeld won a photo contest with the picture of a three-masted ship on the East River of New York. The $5 prize allowed him to purchase his own camera and begin a career in photography. The combined work of the Rosenfelds culminated in a collection totaling more than one million images. Acquired in 1984 by Mystic Seaport Museum, it is the largest collection of maritime photographs in the United States.
This 2021 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Beautiful reproduction | Quality heavy-weight paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size
Vessels featured in the 2021 calendar include:
• New York 50-foot Class competitors Samurai, #NY2; Acushla, #NY1; and Iroquois II, #NY3 racing at a Larchmont Spring Regatta off Larchmont, NY in 1913.
• International One-Design sloops Mystic, Ariel, Feather, Susan, and Elselan beating to windward after the start in 1941.
• Chinook, #NY48, a New York 40-foot Class boat designed by N. G. Herreshoff and built in 1916, under sail in 1931.
• 12-meter class sloops Courageous and Intrepid, designed by Olin Stephens, compete at the America's Cup Trials in 1974.
• In 1930, Chris-Craft Corporation runabout Chris Craft #1 and Gar Wood Boat Company runabout Baby Gar #1 at the Miami Beach Races in Miami, FL.
• Launched in 1851 and boldly named for her country, the 101-foot schooner-yacht America sailed to England and won a race and the trophy that her owners established as "perpetually a challenge cup for friendly competition between foreign countries.” The America's Cup became the standard for the highest achievement in international yacht racing.
• John E. Hoag, Frank Wilton and "Spy" the dog in their 18-foot utility-outboard motorboat Transcontinental completing an astonishing 5,680-mile voyage from river to stream to lake to canal across the United States from Astoria, Oregon and arriving in New York City on October 4, 1925.
• Sailing in 1934, Yankee was a 1930 J-Class yacht designed by Frank Cabot Paine. Sailed to England in 1935, she took eight first-place finishes in 32 races, but was sold for scrap in 1941.
• Albany Boat Company express-commuter Aphrodite II at the Harvard-Yale Race on the Thames River off New London, CT in 1929
• Under sail circa 1896, the 21-foot sandbagger E.Z. Sloat designed by Christopher Smith.
• The Frank C. Adams-built fishing schooner Elizabeth Ann Howard seen from the deck of the 139-foot fishing schooner Henry Ford at the 1922 Fishermen's Race off Gloucester, MA.
• With sails trimmed and the quadrilateral jib drawing, Ranger, a J-Class sloop built by the Bath Iron Works, heels to a freshening sou'westerly off the Rhode Island coast as she heads out toward Point Judith.
About Mystic Seaport Museum – Rosenfeld Collection
Nowhere else is the power, drama, and beauty of wind, sail, and sea captured so brilliantly as in the Rosenfeld Collection at Mystic Seaport Museum – the largest single collection of maritime photography in the world. These stunning works of art, caught in time by two generations of the Rosenfeld family, capture the essence of the maritime experience. The collection includes steam yachts, naval vessels, powerboat races, leisure activities and every America’s Cup race from 1885 to 1992. Visit the Rosenfeld Collection online store at www.rosenfeldcollection.org for research or to purchase fine art decorative prints, posters, notecards and books.
Mystic Seaport Museum in the nation’s leading maritime museum. Located in historic Mystic, Connecticut, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels including the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world. It also features a re-created 19th- century seafaring village, a working preservation shipyard, formal exhibit galleries and a planetarium.
Mystic Seaport Museum also offers a large educational component, with preschool to college programs and beyond, including such classes as open-hearth cooking, sailing, and traditional boat building. The Museum has an acclaimed Collections Research Center and is recognized for its book-publishing program. For more information about Mystic Seaport Museum, visit www.mysticseaport.org
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