Photo of the Week
June 8, 2003
Last week's Photo of the Week ignited some interest and I received several emails in regards to what "Gobs" meant. Well I should have looked it up in the dictionary because it was there. gob - noun - slang. a seaman in the U.S. naval service. I searched the Internet for more explanation as to what the G the O the B and S meant, but could not find anything but the following.
Here are a couple on-line definitions/explanations:
1. Gob is variously
explained as a derivative from the Chinese (?) word gobshite, and as the
old word gob, signifying a large, irregular mass, applied to a new use.
The original meaning of gobshite I don’t know. One correspondent
suggests that gob was first used to designate sailors because of their
somewhat voracious and noisy habits of feeding. He tells a story of an
old master-at-arms who happened into a land aëro-station and found a
party of sailors solemnly at table. “My Gawd,” he exclaimed,
“lookit the gobs, usin’ forks an’ all!”
Now that we are all "Gobed" out, I was organizing some of my
photos, post cards and images today and found this really great old
colorized print. I almost fell out of my chair when I saw what was
going on here. This print evidently came from an old book, but I don't
know what book. I picked up a hand full of these 11 x 13"
colorized prints a few months ago on ebay. This one originally
caught my eye when I was bidding on ebay as a unique scene. Now,
since last week's photo of the Gobs train at Pedro Miguel Locks, this
one fits perfectly! Although I don't have any exact dates for this
colorized photo nor last weeks, I would wager that it is either the same
train or one within the very same time period. Someone wrote me
that there was Naval fleets that transited during the 1919 - 1921 time
frame that stopped for tours like this.
Comment from Vicente Pascual after posting. "On your photo of the week, that photo shows as follows " Panama R.R. Docks, Cristobal. General view of Pier # 16, Jan 14, 1913. This pier was near the old Cristobal town site, almost in front of the old De Lesseps house that had the Columbus Statue in front of it."
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