U.S. Naval Academy Class Rings

Graduates Remembered

Class of 1894: Admiral David Foote Sellers

Admiral David Foote Sellers’ Tiffany & Company class ring was donated to the United States Naval Academy Museum by his widow Mrs. Anita Clay (Evans) Sellers on June 16, 1951. His sea service commands included the torpedo boat destroyer Stewart; cruisers USS Salem and USS Birmingham; battleship USS Wisconsin; Commander, Special Service Squadron during the Nicaraguan Uprising; Commander, Battleships Battle Force, United States Fleet; and Commander-in-Chief United States Fleet. Rear Admiral Sellers earned the Navy Cross for his service on the fleet transport USS Agamemnon during World War I and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his leadership of the Special Service Squadron during the Nicaraguan Uprising. Admiral Sellers was the 30th Superintendent of the Naval Academy. The guided missile destroyer USS Sellers (DDG-11) was named in his honor. The following images, with one exception, represent Admiral Sellers' career.

The header image is a panorama of Bancroft Hall taken in 1911 downloaded from the Library of Congress. After cropping and applying a black and white layer I manipulated the Curves graph before applying the gradient tool. I really like the result and plan on using this as my header in the final project.

Vignette Photograph

The vignette image is a photograph of Admiral David F. Sellers’ 1894 class portrait. I downloaded this image as a TIF from the Naval Academy’s Special Collections database and followed this Photoshop vignette tutorial. It was fairly straightforward but I would like to find a way to remove the white matting and have just the vignette for presentation purposes.

Restored Photograph

Admiral Sellers’ images did not offer a good project for restoration, therefore I pulled from 1870 graduate, Rear Admiral Joseph Ballard Murdock. Some of Murdock’s career highlights include commanding the battleship USS Rhode Island (BB-17) with the Great White Fleet, serving as Commander of the Asiatic Fleet, and representing New Hampshire in Congress. It was during his tenure as Commander of the Asiatic this photograph was taken at Yokosuka Naval Base.

This is a piece of USNA Museum’s collection, which I scanned and saved as a TIF. I began by cropping the image and then adding a layer. After changing it to black and white, dark discoloration streaked across the left portion of people, which I was able to lessen by changing the color channels. Light streaks still remained, so I used a mixture of the clone stamp, patch tool, and healing tool to remove what I could. I used the same tools to take away the writing at the photo’s base and fix the upper left corner.

Matted Engraving

The following image is pulled from A Century of Naval Academy Life copyright 1945, downloaded from Naval Academy Special Collections. The engraving shows Admiral Sellers ceremoniously breaking ground for the creation of Halligan Hall. Originally yellow and noisy, I followed Dr. Petrik’s linked tutorial for engravings and cleared it up quickly. I considered coloring it navy but decided the black and white’s strong contrast shows better.

Recolorized Photograph

I scanned the below image from the 1938 Lucky Bag Yearbook in four separate directions. First, I combined the four scans to lessen paper texture, then I created a second black and white layer. I initially followed the Lynda.com recoloring tutorial, which suggested making selections then filling the layer. After last week’s class I finished the project using the brush tool to gradually fill the selections. The real Photoshop heroes are the opacity and fill levels – not only in general layer work, but also with the eraser if I heavy-handed something.

The biggest issue I had completing the recoloring was Sellers’ ribbon rack. As previously noted, he earned a variety of commendations. I tried using a similarly dated (and colored) photograph as a guide, but the ribbon racks were different. In the end, I matched as many as I could based on known regalia and shading. Represented on the post-colored photograph (from top to bottom, left to right): Navy Cross, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Spanish-American War Service, Navy Distinguished Service, and World War I Victory Medal.

Designed by Jenna Scholz for the CLIO II course at George Mason University