Skipper Funderburg has unearthed another early Twentieth Century photographic gem. It is of William Johnstone Lucas Ford, Senior (Alexander Hume Ford's nephew), riding Canoes in 1923.
William Johnstone Lucas Ford, Senior, resided on the Big Island, Hawai'i. He is listed in Alexander Hume Ford's 1945 published obituary.
Skipper wrote the following about the image:
"My hunt on the old history trail of Alexander Hume Ford carry's on to a further point. With happiness, I share this 1923 surfing image of Alexander Hume Ford's nephew, William Johnstone Lucas Ford, Senior. Grande Lucas was residing on the Big Island of Hawaii at the time of Alexander Hume Fords death in 1945. I am well aware the number of surfing photographs from this era are very limited, so I am delighted to present this rare historical treasure to the surfing world. Above and beyond my discovery, I hope a revived public awareness of Alexander Hume Ford will help lead to further discoveries about this important surfing family."
My best, Joseph "Skipper" Funderburg
Attached is the back of the photocard. It reads:
"This is a picture of your son W.L. Ford, riding the surfboard at Waikiki Beach."
"P.S. It cost four dollars to have it made."
"4/14/23 Waikiki Honolulu T.H."
The T.H. is an abbreviation for Territory of Hawaii.