1. greatestgeneration:

    How to Lash Your Hammock 

    (Source: jackgordon.org)

  2. 4cp:

    "Punch" magazine advertisement illustration, early 1950s. 

  3. Soviet Navy’s Pacific Fleet sailor in full dress.

    The telnyashka (Russian: тельня́шка) is a white undershirt horizontally striped in various colors, and dates back to the 19th century Tsarist Navy.

    It is an iconic uniform garment worn by the Russian Navy and the Russian  Naval Infantry (marines).

    The telnyashkas originated with distinctive striped blouses worn by the merchants and fishermen of Brittany.

    The fashion was later adopted and popularized by the French Navy and other navies of the pre-Dreadnought era.

    Telnyashka has become such evident symbol of masculinity in Soviet culture, that it is sported by dozens of popular non-military characters of the cinema and even children’ cartoons. There is a popular saying that describes the wearing of telnyashkas as an indicator of a “real man”; "We are few in number, but we wear telnyashkas!"

  4. Crewmen of the USS Monitor pose on the deck of their ironclad ship in July 1862.

    In 1862, the USS Monitor — a Civil War-era ironclad warship — fought one of the world’s first iron-armored battles against the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia. Less than a year later, a violent storm sank the Union ship off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The wreck was discovered more than a century later, and subsequent searches have turned up more than just a crumbling ship — they also found the skeletons of two of the Monitor’s sailors in the ship’s gun turret.  (more)

  5. Son of a Sailor (Warner Brothers – First National, 1933)

    Joe E. Brown is a sailor who hopes to match the accomplishments of his seaman father. Unfortunately, Joe is perhaps the clumsiest gob ever to sail the seven seas. Nor can he steer clear of trouble: Through a series of wholly unbelievable circumstances, Joe finds himself alone on deck of a ship that’s about to be shelled for target practice.

    He manages to redeem himself for this and all past misdeeds when he inadvertently breaks up an espionage ring. +

    Joe E. Brown in Son of a Sailor

    Joe E. Brown (1891 – 1973) Was one of the most popular American comedians in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1939, Brown testified before the House Immigration Committee in support of a bill that would allow 20,000 German Jewish refugee children into the US, two of whom he himself adopted.

    Likable and gregarious, Brown traveled thousands of miles at his own expense to entertain American troops during World War II. He was the first to do so, traveling to both the Caribbean and Alaska before Bob Hope or the USO were organized.

    On his return to the States he brought sacks of letters, making sure they were delivered by the Post Office. He gave shows in all weather conditions, many in hospitals, sometimes doing his entire show for a single dying soldier, and signing autographs for everyone. Brown was one of only two civilians to be awarded the Bronze Star in WWII.

    Later in his career, Brown starred in 1958′s Some Like It Hot as Osgood Fielding III, in which he speaks the famous punchline “Well, nobody’s perfect”.  (more)

  7. malebeautyinart:

    J.Sidney Willis Hodges: Lord Hood of Avalon as a Midshipman (Watercolour ca. 1860)

    (via sailorgil)

  8. Rainbow Island (Paramount, 1944)

    Starring Dorothy Lamour

    Rainbow Island is a lavish Technicolor confection designed to show off the physical attributes of star Dorothy Lamour. This time Lamour is a white girl raised as native on a tropical isle. Barry Sullivan, Eddie Bracken and Gil Lamb play merchant-marine sailors hiding from Japanese troops on Lamour’s island.

    The storyline may have had dramatic inclinations, but these are forgotten amidst several seductive musical numbers and numerous shots of Dorothy swaying in her patented sarong. Perhaps aware that no one could have taken this film seriously, Ms. Lamour plays her role for laughs, and gets them.  +

  9. Derelict (Paramount, 1930)

    The life of merchant seamen is realistically portrayed in this adventure.

    The story centers around two sailors who find their friendship tested when both have the opportunity to become captain.

    Their relationship is further strained when they fall for the same woman. They get a chance to prove their seamanship when their ship is assaulted by a terrible storm.


  10. sailorgil:

    " Embroidered Sailor’s Seabag  "  ….  [Circa 1842 - 1862]  Belonged to a Sailor aboard the US Frigate CONGRESS

    Photos by US Naval Historical Center 

    (Source: history.navy.mil)

  11. ai55:

    Sailor Beware by paul.malon on Flickr.

    (Source: paulmalon, via vintascope)

  12. antiquateddruggist:

    DRS Starkey & Palen Compound Oxygen, Sailor With Bottle Promotional Card Quackery

    Quack treatment for respiratory ailments were common during the late 1800s. Dr. Starkey teamed up with another physician and created this popular concoction, claiming that it was not a drug but a “scientific” adjustment to oxygen and nitrogen. Indications for Compound Oxygen included consumption, asthma, bronchitis, dyspepsia (indigestion), catarrh, hay fever, headache, debility, rheumatism, and neuralgia

    (Source: ebay.com, via )

  13. Popeye Stock Poster (Paramount, 1943)

    Popeye the Sailor Man was a very popular cartoon character, especially during the dark days of World War II, when his optimism and strength was an inspiration to moviegoers everywhere.

  15. I’ll be home for Christmas…