Illustrated Trade Card for P.J. Larkin, Submarine Diver, & Wrecker
New York, 1890. Illustrated trade card for P.J. Larkin of New York City, a prominent deep-sea diver in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Larkin was active in a number of high-profile missions, including the recovery of bodies from the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor and the 1905 rescue of workmen trapped in a flooded Pennsylvania Railroad tunnel. His card notes: "Examinations and Repairs made on Vessels without docking; also, Wrecking, Submarine Drilling, Blasting, Laying Foundations for Railroad Bridges, Sea Walls, Piers, Removing Obstructions, Repairing Marine Railways and Docks, Recovering drowned bodies, &c., done on the most favorable terms and with dispatch." Larkin's elaborate business card testifies to his professional standing, as does his 1920 obituary in the New York Times, which notes his submarine work for the government. A surprising artifact of New York City's maritime past. Trade card, measuring 4.75 x 3 inches, featuring a wood engraving of a deep-sea diver in full gear. Two shallow smudges to left edge, not touching image; traces of old paper from scrapbook removal on verso. (Inventory #: 1001519)
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