Whale! Whale! See the Calif. Gray Whale Captured by the Crew of the Camiguin (1913 Whale Viewing Handbill)

Long Beach, CA: J.D. Loop, [1913]. Handbill. Scarce ephemeral whaling survivor, offering an insightful view into the closing of an era when active and accepted whaling practices of the day allowed "Whale Watching" to infer a whole different set of circumstance than it does today. Whaling exhibit handbill, printed in black ink onto thin paper (10-7/8 inches tall x 5-13/16 inches wide) giving the relevant details for locating the whale exhibit at the Municipal Docks of Long Beach, California and with "J. H. Sleeper, Printer, 38 Locust Ave." printed at foot. Handbill is toned and chipped at edges from being posted [not affecting text] with light fold line creases and small tears. Good. Item #2903

"In California, Capt. John D. Loop exhibited whales in Long Beach from 1911 until about 1915. He harpooned whales in the ocean between Long Beach and Catalina Island. After they were captured, he brought the whales in and anchored them in Long Beach Harbor. He then sold excursion tickets [for 25 cents] and took the public to see the whales. Captain Loop may have been the first person to hunt whales for the express purpose of exhibition." Ref. p. 57, California's Whaling Coast (2014) by Dale Vinnedge.

Price: $350.00 CAD  other currencies