USN Prints by Cressy
My father had a Cressy print of his ship USS Cockrill DE398 which after his passing has become mine. Dad told me he saw the artist sketching another DE from the deck of his ship with nothing but pen and paper while they were docked. As Remy above stated my pictures is actually of another ship docked along side, and their ship's number was put on the final prints for sale to their crew. Mine is dated 1944 and has the artist's name in the lower left (LHECKING).
Question regarding etching of the USS Louisville
I have an etching of the USS Louisville that I am digitally restoring for my Father-in-Law which was given to his father who served on the ship. It has a copyright as "1944, Will Cressy" on the bottom left, however, during the restoration, I found another signature and date of "Andre Boratka '45" in the lower right hand corner. Can anyone help me find the original etching??
USS Kimberly by creesy
print by will creesy
destroyer world war II A.T.Ankerich S\I C
John E Sloan
Correction on copywrite date it was 1945.
Also on the bottom below ribbons and with the Linerty Picture Company, Richmond, California. there is the following Bronze Star 1 silver 1 blue 10 green 50 red 100.
I cannot find any info on this info.
Prints published by Will Cressy in 1944 to my knowledge were sold dockside at the time the ship departed during WWII. The original prints were framed on a plain tray with a felt backing. All Naval ships of any type and class would have the same print with the specific ship's bow number added. I have a large collection of Cressy prints that I purchased over time to add to my print of the U.S.S. Remey DD688 that my mother bought ship-side when the U.S.S.Remey DD688 departed on her trial voyage.
Prints published by Will Cressy in 1944
Will Cressy held the copyright for a number of these ship prints, but that is not the name of the artist. The artists' names are usually to be found in the water part of the image. Known artists are Lowell A. Hecking, Andre Boratko, and someone surnamed Segar. Will Cressy is assumed to be the publisher and may be a person or a company name. A number of the original ink drawings for these prints are now in the Navy Art Collection in Washington DC.
Response to info question!
Dear D Meroney,
I noticed your request seeking information about your Will Cressy print of copyright 1944 "Landing Craft, Infantry- World War ll" and also am interested in finding out more information. I have my brother's print of LST 459 that he served on in the Pacific theater in 1944 and 1945. I can remember my mother saying that she paid about $75 for the print. I do not know any other details, but like you would like to know more about them. My mother passed away a number of years ago and that is when it came into my possession. It hung with pride in our home for 60 odd years.