Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt with its mantilla-bedecked senoritas whispering behind decorative fans suggests all things Spanish. What is more Spanish than a bullfight?
|Photo Postcard of bullfight in Lima, Peru|
|from Wikimedia Commons|
On the back of the photo postcard is written “Bull fight Lima, Peru.” This must be a souvenir from one of my granduncle’s tours in the Navy. My maternal grandmother’s brother Ray Rucker served on board the USS Nevada sometime between 1918 and 1922.
A comparison of the bullfight photo with a photo on Wikimedia Commons suggests the event took place at the Plaza de Toros de Acho, the most prominent bullring in Lima. It is classified as a national historic monument.
A booklet marking the Fifth Anniversary of the USS Nevada contains photos of places Ray saw on his travels to the British West Indies; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Lima, Peru in 1920-21.
|Scenes from Cuba and Lima, Peru|
Page from the Fifth Anniversary booklet
But that was not the Nevada’s first brush with Spanish.
In December 1919, the USS Nevada was one of 10 battleships and 28 destroyers that escorted President Woodrow Wilson aboard the oceanliner George Washington to the Paris Peace Conference that officially ended the Great War.
When the posters promised “Join the Navy and see the world!” they weren’t kidding.
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