Uniforms of American Armies - Spanish & Mexican Wars
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Collecting Spanish-American War Photos
Coinciding with the war's centennial anniversary in 1998, interest in
Spanish-American War-related items has skyrocketed. In fact, a recent eBay
search for "Spanish-American War" yielded ten pages of listings.
From medals to swords, photographs to statues, much of this memorabilia is
listed for less than $150.
The war between the United States and Spain was — in part — fought
over the Philippines. The United States supported the Philippines in its
struggle for independence from Spanish rule.
Many photographs and stereoviews — dual-image photographs
that appear three dimensional in a viewer — from the war are selling for
$5 to $50. Buyers are snatching them up so quickly, new ones are
getting harder to find:
- Who is buying Spanish-American War photos?
About 40 percent of the Spanish-American views go to the
Philippines, and a lot go to Filipinos in the United States.
Customers in the Philippines are very interested and
aggressively buy the items. They may be reclaiming some of
their cultural heritage. Not all the images they buy are related to
the Spanish-American War, but most of them are from that era.
- To what do you attribute this increased interest?
To a certain extent TV helped grow the awareness of the war.
Interest started growing right around the 100-year anniversary when
people started seeing images of the war on TV specials.
Often, those shows use stereoviews as visuals. Stereoviews are one of
the best windows into history. Basically, from the 1850s to the 1930s,
everything and everybody was stereo-photographed.
Uniforms of American Armies - US Cavalry - Spanish & Mexican Wars
Spanish-American War: The Story and Photographs
by Donald Goldstein
The War With Spain in 1898
by David Trask
Spanish-American War 1898 (Brassey's History of Uniforms)
by Ron Field, Richard Hook
The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War
by Peter Carroll
Heart of Spain : Robert Capa's Photographs of the Spanish Civil War
by Robert Capa
The Aura of the Cause : A Photo Album for North American Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War
by Cary Nelson
The Rough Riders (Modern Library War)
by Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Bak
Collector's Guide to Early Photographs
by O. Henry Mace