Sitting in a pile of classic boat photos purchased in seconds in an ebay land grab, we knew this shot was special, even as a thumbnail. And man oh man was it ever. I have asked around, and this just might be the earliest known photo of the Chris Craft Company, who started making production boats in 1922 and this boat..#1 “ROSE MARY” is that boat. But the best part of this shot is the crew standing with her. Here ya go!
So is this the shot that started it all? A C/S/S Chris Smith Sons photo of a CHRIS CRAFT. The boat was a Chris Craft, the company wasn’t trademarked until 1930 as Chris Craft. Are these names making sense. Is that really a very young Chris Smith? WOW. We did ask Mike Green who is a family member and he did not recognize him as that. And to be honest, I don’t see it either. Another Smith? I mean how many can there be?
Should I gold plate this sucker, or are there others out there? Even if so, its very cool to see it in original form. I will add that the felt tip marker writing aint 1922. More like a Flair marker from the early 1980’s But who would write this stuff for any other reason than to ID who and what we are seeing.
Now below also appears to be the same boat with A.W. Who is A.W? This guy gets around!