Night Fighting Aboard USS Dreadnaught

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Enrique Muller and his son, Robert E. Muller (who practiced under the name "E. Muller Jr.") are perhaps the most noted of the small band of early 20th Century photographers who specialized in naval subjects. The father, born in Germany in 1846, arrived in the United States about twenty years later. He appears to have begun photographing ships on a commercial basis during the later 1890s, mainly in the waters around New York City, where both father and son resided. Muller's excellent quality views of the ships of the "Great White Fleet" era are especially significant.

Robert E. Muller appears to have taken over the business by the early "Teens", and all Muller photos we have dated after 1914 bear the name "E. Muller Jr.". During 1918 and 1919 he photographed many of the transports that brought American World War I veterans to New York from the former European war zone. In 1919, the firm's address was 198 Broadway, New York City. We have no Muller photographs taken after that year. Presumably it ceased operation, or at least stopped making ship photographs, at that time.

The Mullers produced photographs in a variety of formats, ranging from postcard size to large prints. Their images were also widely used on colored postcards and in publications. The U.S. Navy appears to have acquired some of their original glass negatives, perhaps during the 1920s, as some of these can be found among the higher-numbered glass plates in the U.S. National Archives' Bureau of Ships collection's old "digital series".

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