Metre Class, Vim, Nereus, Charlotte II, & Nyalla
Original Photograph on board
Unframed 15 3/8″ L x 13″ H
Framed 22 1/2″ x 19 3/4″Embossed Morris Rosenfeld Lower
RightPresented is an original photograph taken in 1952 of the
start of the New York Yacht Clubs Block Island Race taken by the dean of marine photographers, Morris Rosenfeld who was
the undisputed photographer of choice by the elite yachting fraternity, and the maritime industry around New York and the
Eastern seaboard. This wonderful picture has been re-framed for your enjoyment. The original 1950sh frame is available at
no cost.THE ORIGINAL LEGEND: On the back is written in ink, ” 1952,
Start of race to Block Island. NYYC Cruise L to R, VIM, NEREUS, CHARLOTTE II, NYALLA.
Sticker: J. Assenheim & Son, Importers of etchings, paintings, fine picture framing, 37 New Street, New York.Please note, the framed pictures were taken through glass
and on the back, plastic. There are unavoidable reflections.
THE PHOTGRAPHER, MORRIS ROSNEFELD (1885-1968)
Morris Rosenfeld a noted photographer of yachts and other vessels, was born in Austria
in 1885. His family moved to the United States a few years later, and Morris grew up in New York, where he began his
photographic career as a youth. After working under Edwin Levrick, Rosenfeld set up his own business in 1910. During
the next six decades he actively recorded maritime scenes in the New York area, and along the U.S. East Coast, as well as
making images for commercial clients.
He was known as “Rosie” to two generations of yachtsmen, was
admired for the poetic skill with which he recorded their sport from 1899 on. He was acknowledged as the dean of yachting
photography by every journalist and editor in the field for decades. From 1920 onward, Rosie personally covered every major
yachting event within his reach on the East Coast, publishing his photos in every magazine and newspaper concerned with these
events. Readers treasured the painstaking care and breathtaking sweep of his work from Long Island Sound to the unforgettable
moments of the America’s Cup. His first major book in 1947 was Sail Ho, followed by Under Full Sail in 1957, and Sailing for
the America’s Cup in 1964. With his sons Stanley, Dave, and Bill, who joined him in the profession, Rosie became a constant
and expected observer at every major regatta in his 33 foot camera boat FOTO. Rosenfeld helped found the Press Photographer’s
Association and for many years served as Commodore of the Regatta Circuit Riders. The vast photographic collection of his
firm, Morris Rosenfeld & Sons, was purchased in 1984 by the Mystic Seaport Museum, of Mystic, Connecticut.
Mystic Seaport sells 10″ x 13″, prints of
his work for $2000.00 unframed. These are not originals, they are multiple copy prints, and do not have the Morris Rosenfeld
12 Metre boats are best known
for their use in the America’s Cup Series from 1958 to 1987 and are a most important part of “Cup” history.