Repel Boarders!

Happy New Year and man your scissors, gentlemen.

Detail of “A possible future of Naval Warfare,” by noted artist Will Crawford, published in Puck, Oct. 27, 1909:

My favorite part is the Tar in the forward mast reaching forward to cut the apparently French balloonist’s canvas bag with a pair of scissors.

See the splendid full-sized (141 MB) image at the Library of Congress, showing armed zeppelins, flying machines, Holland-style submersibles, battleships, and the like, some a bit ahead of its time.

In all, a really great image that fans of the page will no doubt find enjoyable.

Caption: Surely the world is growing better! Whereas formerly we fought our naval battles on top of the water only, we now may fight them on the water, over the water, and under the water!

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