Stanley Blake McNeely, 1896-1982, a native of Natchez, Mississippi, came to Mobile after World War I and worked for the M & O Railroad and then Crawford Advertising Agency. In 1931 he became president of Gulf States Engraving Company and also began his career as a free-lance photographer.
Using a variety of cameras--Speed Graphic, Leica, and Roliflex--McNeely photographed weddings, Mardi Gras parades and balls, sports events, and school activities. During World War II, he photographed all the ships launched for the U.S. Government at Gulf Shipbuilding in Chickasaw, Alabama.
His work has appeared in numerous magazines including Life, Vogue, Fortune, and Time. In 1946 he published a photo essay entitled Bits of Charm in Old Mobile.