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Vintage Postcards of the Steamship Lines - Steamers and Ocean Liners

Vintage Steamship Postcard Archives

The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives has hundreds of vintage postcards, primarily dealing with maritime topics  or port of calls that date from the late 1800’s to the 1950s.  Of special interest are image based postcards, particularly of interior and exterior views of steamships and port side activities.

Allan Line

Allan Royal Mail Line Vintage Postcards
Image Date Description
1900s - Allan Line RMS Grampian 1900s Allan Line RMS Grampian, Length 485 ft, Breadth 60 ft, Tonnage 10,900. Printed by C. W. Hunt & Co., Liverpool. British Manufacture.
1900s AllanLine SS Victorian 1900s AllanLine SS Victorian. Printed in Germany. Undated.
1900s - Allan Line Turbine - S.S. Virginian 1900s Allan Line Turbine - S.S. Virginian. The Art Publishihng Company, Glasgow. Undated. Postally Used 29 Ap 0a [sic]
1906 - Allan Line - Pretorian - Tunisian 1906-04-12 Allan Line - Pretorian - Tunisian. Postcard imprinted as S.S. Tunisian with overstamp of S.S. Pretorian. The Art Publishing Company, Glasgow. Undated. Postally Used 12 April 1906.
1906 - Allan Line SS Tunisian Leaving Montreal 1906-12-12 Allan Line SS Tunisian Leaving Montreal. PC-100793 JV Valentine's Series, Great Britain. Undated. Postally Used 12 Dec 1906.
1908 Allan Line S.S. Laurentian 1908-10-24 Allan Line S.S. Laurentian. The Art Publishing Company, Glasgow. Undated. Posatally Used 24 Oct 1908.
1909 Allan Line RMS Tunisian 1909-04-09 RMS Tunisian Twin Screw 10,576 Tons, Length 500 Feet, Breadth 59 Feet. Victoria Albany & Richmond Series.
1910 Hands Across The Sea SS Virginian Allan Line 1910-11-18 Hands Across The Sea SS Virginian Allan Line. State Publishing Co., Ltd., Liverpool, 202907. Undated. Postally Used 18 November 1910. From the Leonard Martin Collection.
1911 RMS Corsican Allan Line To Canada 1911-07-29 RMS Corsican Allan Line To Canada. Valentine's Series. Printed in Great Britain. Undated. Postally Used 28 July 1911. Posted at Sea.
1911 - Allan Line RMS Virginian 1911-12-14 Allan Line RMS Virginian. PC-101285 JV. The Valentine & Sons Publishing Company, Ltd. Undated. Postally Used 14 Dec 1911.
1913 - Hands Across The Sea - Allan Line - S.S. Pretorian 1913-03-27 Hands Across The Sea - Allan Line - S.S. Pretorian. State Series, Liverpool. Undated. Postally Used 27 Mar 1913. From the Thomas A. E. Stanley Collection.
1913 - Hands Across the Sea. S.S. Corsican - Allan Line 1913-10-23 Hands Across the Sea. S.S. Corsican - Allan Line - 11,500 Tons. State Series, Liverpool. No. 202905. Undated. Postally Used 23 Oct 1913.

Anchor Line

Atlantic Transport Line

  • ud ATL S.S. Minnehaha runs between London and New York - Painting of scene near harbor. x2
  • ud ATL S.S. Minnetonka passing Shakespeare's Cliff
  • 1907-10-14 ATL S.S. Minnetonka passing Shakespeare's Cliff
  • 1919-05-23 ATL S.S. Minnekahda at open seas

Candian Pacific (CPOS)

  • ud Photo Post Card S.S. Montcalm
  • ud Painting - S.S. Minnedosa
  • ud Painting - R.M.S. Empress of France
  • 1918 Photo Postcard S.S. Melita
  • 1928-08-16 Photo Postcard S.S. Melita

Cunard Line

  • ud (1911?) Cunard R.M.S. Laconia (I) - Painting - Scene of open waters
  • ud Photo Post Card Cunard R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth
  • ud Painting Cunard R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth
  • ud Illustration (Sketch) R.M.S. Queen Mary - World Largest Ocean Liner
  • ud Painting Cunard R.M.S. Saxonia and Ivernia
  • ud Painting Cunard R.M.S. Franconia (I) and Laconia (I)
  • ud Painting Cunard R.M.S. Aquitania
  • ud Painting Cunard R.M.S. Caronia
  • 1911-07-03 Photo Colorized - Cunard Saxonia at Boston, Mass.
  • 1912-10-25 Painting - S.S. Laconia - Hands Across the Sea
  • 1913-10-30 Photo Postcard Cunard R.M.S. Laconia
  • 1916-02-15 Painting - Cunard Franconia - Laconia Gymnasium
  • 1927-09-19 Cunard T.S.S. Tuscania - Photo Postcard
  • 1928-10-27 Photo Postcard - R.M.S. Ausonia
  • 1933-07-15 Photo Postcard - R.M.S. Aurania
  • 1952-06-17 Cunard R.M.S. Queen Mary - Illustration
  • 1954-06-17 Cunard R.M.S. Queen Mary (Illustration)

Cunard White Star

  • ud Painting - Cunard White Star Liner near port

French Line (Compangnie Generale Transatlantique)

CGT - French Line Vintage Postcards
Image Date Description
1912 - S.S. France 1912 S.S. France 220 m Long, 23 m Wide, 22,500 Tons. Capacity: 534 1st Class; 412 2nd Class; 226 3rd Class; 724 4th Class. Officers and Crew 600, Total 2,526 Persons on board. Collection Delaveau-Joubler, St. Nazaire.
1914 - S.S. Lafayette - First Class Promenade Deck 1914 S.S. Lafayette - First Class Promenade Deck. PC-186 Levy et Neurdein Reunis, 44, Rue Letellier, Paris, Imp.
1914 - S.S. Lafayette - Deluxe Cabin, Deluxe Suite 1914 S.S. Lafayette - Deluxe Cabin, Deluxe Suite. Levy et Neurdein Reunis, 44, Rue Letellier, Paris, Imp. Edition Spéciale
1914 - S.S. Lafayette - First Class Grande Salon 1914 S.S. Lafayette - First Class Grande Salon - Lounge. Levy et Neurdein Reunis, 44, Rue Letellier, Paris, Imp. Edition Spéciale
1920 - S.S. Lafayette - Conversation Salon 1920-03-05 S.S. Lafayette - Conversation Salon. Imp. Phot. Neurdein et Cie. - Paris. Postally used 5 March 1920
1920s - S.S. Lafayette Second Class Drawing Room 1920s S.S. Lafayette Second Class Drawing Room. Levy et Neurdein Reunis, 44, Rue Letellier, Paris, Imp. Edition Spéciale.
1920s - S.S. Lafayette - First Glass Gallery 1920s S.S. Lafayette - First Glass Gallery. Levy et Neurdein Reunis, 44, Rue Letellier, Paris, Imp. Edition Spéciale.
1920s - S.S. Lafayette First Class Promenade Deck 1920s S.S. Lafayette First Class Promenade Deck. Levy et Neurdein Reunis, 44, Rue Letellier, Paris, Imp. Edition Spéciale.
1920s - S.S. Lafayette - The Sun Deck 1920s S.S. Lafayette - The Sun Deck. View from the passageway Looking Aft from Navigation Bridge Along Boat Deck. Levy et Neurdein Reunis, 44, Rue Letellier, Paris, Imp. Edition Spéciale.
1922 - The S.S. France at the Pier in Le Havre 1922-09-15 The S.S. France at the Pier in Le Havre. Includes lengthy list of specifications. PC 116. Imp. Levy Fils & Che, Paris. Postally Used 15 September 1922
1928 - S.S. de Grasse - The Gymnasium 1928-06-27 S.S. de Grasse - The Gymnasium. Levy et Neurdein Reunis, 44, Rue Letellier, Paris, Imp. Edition Spéciale. Postally used 27 June 1928

Hamburg American Line (Hamburg Amerika Linie)

  • ud Color Postcard S.S. Deutschland near the Pier
  • ud Illustration S.S. Cleveland

Holland America Line

  • ud Photo Post Card T.S.S. Statendam, Rotterdam to New York
  • 1909-09-05 Photo Postcard T.S.S. Rotterdam
  • 1910-04-26 Photo Postcard T.S.S. Rijndam

Los Angeles Steamship Company

  • ud Colorized Postcard S.S. Yale and S.S. Harvard (aka Princess Matoika) rounding breakwater of Los Angeles Harbor en route to San Francisco
  • ud Colorized Postcard Super-Express Steamers "Yale" and "Harvard"

Norwegian America Line

  • 1952-09-06 Photo Postcard S.S. Staavangerfjord

North German Lloyd (NOrddeutscher Lloyd)

  • ud NDL S.S. Bremen - Paintin - In open water
  • ud NDL S.S. Berlin - Photo Postcard of Thrid Class Dining Hall
  • ud NDL S.S. Berlin - Photo Postcard of Thrid Class Dining Hall (Different View)
  • ud Painting - NDL S.S. Columbus
  • 1900-08-18 Painting S.S. Main in open seas

Scandinavian-American Line

  • ud Painting - S.S. Frederik VIII - view near the shoreline
  • 1911-12-19 Photo Postcard S.S. United States

Swedish American Line

  • 1927-12-12 Painting M.S. Gripsholm

United American Lines

  • 1924-02-09 Painting - S.S. Reliance x2

United States Lines

United States Lines Vintage Postcards
Image Date Description
 1920s - United States Lines S.S. George Washington 1920s United States Lines S.S. George Washington, 23,788 Tons. W. H. Smith & Son. The Arden Press, Stanford Street, London, S.E.I.
1927 - United States Lines S. S. Leviathan Photo Postcard 1927-09-13 S.S. Leviathan. Displacement - 65,640 Tons, Length 950 Feet, Width 100 Feet, 3 Inches. Quadruple Screw Oil Burner. Posted At Sea 13 September 1927.
1934 United States Lines S.S. Leviathan 1934-06-13 S.S. Leviathan, United States Lines. The World's Largest Liner. Quadruple Screw, Oil Burner. Tonnage 59,956. Length 950 Feet, 7 Inches. Width 100 Feet 3 Inches. 4 1/4 Times round the Promenade Deck = 1 Mile. A Real Bromide Photograph. Postally Used 13 June 1934.
1939 United States Lines S.S. Washington 1939 United States Lines S.S. Washington. The Washington is in regular service to and from New York, Ireland, England, France and Germany. The Washington and her sister ship, the Manhattan, are the largest liners ever built in the United States. A third sister ship, the new "America" will join the Manhattan and Washington in transatlantic service in the spring of 1940. Undated.

Miscellaneous

  • ud Hands Across the Sea - B.B. London & New York Series No. E 341. Printed in Germany
  • ud Hands Across the Sea - B.B. London & New York Series No. E. 47. Printed in Germany
  • ud Hands Across the Sea - Seires No 768 Norway - Hilsen til Norge !

Troop Carriers

World War 1 Troup Carriers Vintage Postcards
Image Date Description
S.S. Princess Matoika - Greeting from the Jewish Welfare Board ca 1918 S.S. Princess Matoika - Greeting from the Jewish Welfare Board to Soldiers and Sailors of the U.S. Army and Navy. Ed Levick, New York. Undated.
1919 - U.S.S. Princess Matoika - Sailing Home 1919-06-07 U.S.S. Princess Matoika - Sailed from St. Nazaire, France, Thursday, 12 June 1919. Arrived at Charleston South Carolina on 23 June 1919. Side Inscription: This is the boat I came home on. Postally Used 7 June 1919.
1919 - Princess Matoika - Ship That Brought Us Home 1919 Princess Matoika - Ship That Brought Us Home. Undated.

Antwerp, Belgium

  • ud Colorized Photo - Landing Stage and Harbor at Antwerp
  • ud Colorized Photo - Liner at Landing Stage at Antwerp

Boston, Massachusetts

  • ud Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, two 1900s Battleships visible
  • ud Water Front, Boston Harbor - 1900s
  • ud Boston Harbor showing Cunard Steamship Ivernia and Battle Ship Olympia
  • 1909-11-26 Cunard Dock, Boston, Mass.
  • 1919-08-04 Commonwealth Pier, Boston, Mass. Liner at Pier

Dresden, Germany

  • ud (early 1900s) Photo Postcard of the Dresden Harbor

Fishguard, Wales

  • ud Photo Postcard - Cunard R.M.S. Mauretania at Fishguard Harbour

Hull, England

  • 1913-10-27 Ocean Liners at the Quayside Station, Hull

Liverpool, England

Liverpool, England UK Vintage Postcards
Image Date Description
1880s The Liverpool Landing Stage 1880s The Liverpool Landing Stage. The "Birds Eye" Series - G. G. Walmsley, 54 Lord Street, Liverpool. Undated.
1890s - Landing Stage at Liverpool 1890s Landing Stage at Liverpool. Printed at Works in Saxony. Undated.
1897 Liverpool Landing Stage - Postcard 1897 Liverpool Landing Stage. PC-97707 J.V. Valentine's Photo Brown Series. Undated.
1900s Liverpool Dock Offices 1900s The Dock Offices and Landing Stage, Liverpool. Printed in Germany. No. 11 Undated.
1900s Landing Stage - Liverpool Departure Of Atlantic Liner 1900s PC-7991 Landing Stage - Liverpool Departure Of Atlantic Liner. PC-7991 Published by Hugo Lang & Co., Liverpool. Undated.
1900s Liner At Landing Stage - Liverpool 1900s Liner At Landing Stage - Liverpool. PC-56120 J.V.. Valentine's "Colourtone" Series. Printed in Great Britain, Valentine's Series 23-1. Undated.
1900s - Pierhead And River - Liverpool 1900s Pierhead And River - Liverpool. PC-68937 J.V. Valentine's Series, Great Britain. Undated
1905-09-25 Landing Stage Liverpool 1905-09-25 Landing Stage Liverpool. PC-6074 Postally Used 1905-09-02. Inscription on front " 9-25-05 Home Sweet Home, Tomorrow we sail. Jane"
fsd 1908-06-25 Landing Stage - Liverpool. F. Hsttmann's Real Glossy Series G. 1079/10. Undated. Postally Used 25 June 1908.
fds 1913-07-09 Liner At Landing Stage Liverpool. PC-6238 JV - Valentine's Series. Printed in Great Britain. Undated. Postally Used 09 July 1913.

New York

  • 1905-06-19 Harbor Scene New York - Kaiser Wilhelm II in foreground

Saint Nazaire

  • ud Photo Postcard - LeBassin de Penhost vu de la Douane

Trondheim, Norway

  • ud Photo Postcard of Trondhjem Harbor

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

  • 1941-07-09 Steamships at Yarmouth Nova Scotia

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