"SPRING STYLES," 1911-1925 AND 1939-1944

A preliminary design for USS New Mexico (BB-40) with ten 16-inch guns in five twin turrets. (Photo No. S-584-035)

Online Library of Selected Images

Bureau of Construction and Repair / Bureau of Ships "Spring Styles," 1911-1925 and 1939-1944



  • The 1939-1944 "Spring Styles" Book is reproduced without change (except page formatting) from the Naval History and Heritage Command's Online Library of Selected Images, which is now available only from a privately maintained site. The drawings from the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles" Book and their caption pages are reproduced from the Online Library, but these along with the rest of the Online Library were removed from the NHHC web site in January 2015 and they, and the higher level pages that provide the user interface to these drawings, are now only available here. The 1911-1925 book was prepared for the Online Library in 2007-2009 by Cristopher C. Wright and the 1939-1944 book was prepared in 2000-2005 by Charles R. Haberlein.

  • Of the other volumes in the "Spring Styles" series, a content listing for "Spring Styles" Volume 4 gives its location as National Archives' Record Group 19, Entry 1026P. Its contents are dated from 1946 to 1954, with other drawings in the same Entry (mainly Contract Plans Books) bearing dates from 1939 to 1951. Persons interested in this item should contact the National Archives for information. Records of past holdings at the Federal Records Center at Suitland, Maryland, include citation of an additional book in this series, presumably Volume 2, covering the years 1924-1933 (in two "packages"), included in Federal Records Center Accession # 13163 as of about 1970. This book currently is not on the shelf at the Federal Records Center and is unlocated, perhaps destroyed in the mid-1970s when large quantities of U.S. Navy preliminary and contract design files held there were destroyed, having been determined by the Navy as not essential for preservation.

  • To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.

  • Some images and pages linked from this page bear obsolete credit lines citing the organization name: "Naval Historical Center". Effective 1 December 2008 the name should be cited as: "Naval History and Heritage Command".

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