This photograph marked on the front as a USLSS drill at Pentwater Michigan. USLSS stands for U. S. Life-Saving Service. Written on the back of this real photo postcard reads "J R Taylor coming ashore in breeches buoy at Ludington". A breeches buoy is a rope-based rescue device used to extract people from wrecked vessels or to transfer people from one place to another in situations of danger.
This photograph is part of the Grand Rapids Press Archival Collection #239, accession number 2012.2.1, which consists of bound newspaper volumes, historical photographs, company history, alphabetically indexed files of clippings, printed photographs, and negatives, as well as equipment related to newspaper printing.