Men In Uniform

The Sepia Saturday prompt this week shows some men in uniform involved in public safety. One of the many now defunct public safety jobs was at one time the United States Life Saving Service. There were many of these stations every few miles up and down the coast. Relics of these posts are still in use today perhaps as a private residence or as a part of an active Coast Guard station. Today's active Coast Guard is what has evolved from the U. S. Life Saving Service, U. S. Lighthouse Service and the U. S. Revenue Service.
Salisbury beach postcard
Postcards: CrazyasaCoolFox

Imagine these men manning their stations in the dead of winter when the  post lookout sentry sites a vessel floundering at sea. He sounds the alarm. They had to run these dories down the beach, board them, and row into what was often the face of a terrifying storm. They put their own lives at peril to save sailors.

men at the life saving station


The old Salisbury Beach post is no longer there but there is an old post being used as a private residence just a few miles south on Plum Island. There is still an active Coast Guard station in the area that is called on for rescue whenever vessels founder.
postmark salisbury beach
Postcard on this card is "Cushing, Mass" which was another name for Salisbury Beach.



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Comments

Bob Scotney said…
The shafts look as if they could be used by horses and not just the men. That's a fine picture to have.
Kat Mortensen said…
Is there a GERMANY New York? The edge of the postcard seems to indicate so.

There must be a few ghosts in those rescue-posts now used as residences.
21 Wits said…
Wow, great pictures of another time! It's funny how many places have towns named Germany, most likely named by well, Germans!
Very interesting postcards and history! Thanks for sharing!
Peter said…
Am I missing something or there is something odd in the second picture. How should I see the balance of these boats? In other words should not there be rear wheels?
Postcardy said…
Many early postcards were printed in Germany (the country).
Little Nell said…
That's a good point Peter makes! Interesting pictures though. Funnily enough I mention lifeboatmen in my post too.
Wendy said…
In the neighboring city of Virginia Beach, the old Coast Guard post is now a lifesaving museum. The building looks similar to the one in your postcard.
Mike Brubaker said…
Great cards! It was a lonely career to serve at one of these Life Saving stations. They were built on very harsh points of land whose geography was a constant menace to steam and sailing vessels.

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