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Aquitania is seen on the Hudson River in New York in the summer of 1930

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This shot of the Aquitania was taken on the Hudson, well above the Manhattan Piers, apparently after the ship had gone upriver to turn around. She is seen at anchor in the picture, so she may well be waiting for tugs to become available to assist her. This shot was taken by the famous New York Photographer Percy Loomis Speer, in the summer of 1930. Speer had personally undertaken the job of recording in photographs, everything about New York life that he could find. His efforts spanned the years 1923 to 1944, and in that timeframe he took nearly 35,000 pictures. Nothing appears to have been off limits to him, and he recorded not only the people of the City, but the buildings, roadways and bridges, trains and subways, and, fortunately for us, every type of watercraft imaginable on both the Hudson and East Rivers.

His collection has recently been sold off to dealers, and some of his ship pictures are presently being sold on Ebay. Although I’m thankful to have some of his pictures, which captured almost every Ocean Liner sailing in those days, I think all of his pictures as a whole should have been kept together and preserved in a New York Museum. His extensive picture collection of the now long lost era he’d set out to record, is one of the finest in existence. It’s enough to say that just one of his original negatives, showing the Olympic and Aquitania together in New York Harbor, recently sold online for $874.00 US Dollars.

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