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Tarpon Springs, Florida, was known for the Greek sponge divers who arrived in the 1900s. Sponge diving is one of the oldest forms of undersea exploration, as sea sponges have been used by humans for centuries evidenced by their presence in writings by Homer and Plato. Alten uses a bright color palette here and focuses on working class laborers, a common theme throughout his work.
Three sailboats are pushed together. In the one on the right a man is bending over toward the water.
Gift of George H. and Barbara Gordon