An image from the sinking of the “Lusitania” in 1915. No need to explain the mother and child dead in the cold sea, or even name the ship anywhere on the poster. Every American in 1917 knew what this was.
Captain Jonathan W. Walker’s Branded Hand - Daguerreotype, 1845
A Florida seamen originally from Cape Cod, Captain Jonathan Walker was sympathetic to the plight of the slaves. In 1844 he made an unsuccessful attempt to aid a group of seven to freedom by sailing them to the West Indies. Walker paid for his part in the venture with a year in solitary confinement, a $600.00 fine, and the branded letters “s.s.” for “slave stealer” on his right palm. The incident would probably have passed unnoticed had not Walker loyally pursued his beliefs as an effective anti-slavery lecturer after his release. Southworth & Hawes closeup recording of the Captain’s palm leaves us wondering what Walker himself might have looked like.