Ships

White Star Line - RMS Titanic - 188

In order to catalog and compare the Stevens postcards that were sold on many of the passenger liners in the early 1900's, it is necessary to apply a code to the different known versions. They were generally available in two styles.

The more expensive postcard had an image woven of the actual ship and would sometimes have statistics of the size and capacity of the ship printed below.

The less expensive version would have two flags representing the countries of origin and destination for the particular voyage. Above the silk were printed the words "Hands Across the Sea" (HATS). Under the two flags would be a pair of hands clasped in a handshake representing the friendship between the countries.

Austin Sprake (in his book) differentiates between the National Flags on each postcard. I have taken the liberty of extending the codes used by Austin Sprake and have adopted the following:-
  • 62 Union Jack / USA
  • 63 Union Jack / Merchant Navy Service
  • 64 USA / Scottish Royal Standard (Yellow with red lion)
  • 65 USA / Sweden (Blue with yellow cross)
  • 66 USA / Norway (Red with blue cross)
  • 67 USA / early Ireland (Green with yellow harp)
  • 68 USA / early Ireland with Union Jack inset
  • 69 USA / pre-war Italy with Royal Coat of Arms
  • 70 Spare number

    He also differentiates between the tassels on each flag:-
  • Design A MF:- 2 tassels above flags plus 2 tassels behind hands.
  • Design B MM:- 2 tassels above flags plus 2 tassels behind hands.
  • Design C MF:- 2 tassels only behind hands.
  • Design D MM:- 2 tassels only behind hands.
  • Design E MF:- 2 tassels above flags plus 2 tassels at far end of sleeves.

    The two hands woven into the silk are either two male hands or a male hand on the left and a female hand on the right.
  • Male-Male (MM)
  • Male-Female (MF)

    The ropes and poles are usually yellow. However the following rope colors also exist on a few postcards:-
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Black

    For the even more seasoned collector the Flagpoles can terminate in three places.
  • Outside the clasped hands. (Pole)
  • On the Cuff of each hand. (Cuff)
  • Slightly beyond the cuff on the Sleeve. (Sleeve)

    Also, most postcards came with normal vertical capital letters and a second version with forward slanting name text. (Slant)
    A few postcards had statistics such as Tonnage, Length, Breadth, Depth and Loaded Max Tonnage. (Stats)

    Note that other differences exist such as blue Sea, rigging on ships(Type I or Type II (less rigging), sea roughness, mat embossing, and flagpole color.

    Here is an example of using the codes:-

    HATS 62B MM Red Cuff
    This would have the Union Jack and USA flags with two Males shaking hands, two tassels above the flags, two tassels behind the hands, red ropes and poles and the poles would terminate on the cuff.



  • Warships
    Warships

    Battleship - HMS Duncan
    Allan Line (Funnel = Black Top with White Band)
    Allan Line (Funnel = Black Top with White Band)

    The Allan Line, more properly the Montreal Ocean Steamship Company, was founded in 1854 and began sailing in 1855. They continued to sail until about 1911 when negotiations with the Canadian Pacific Line took place. The company was merged with CP and became known as the Canadian Pacific Ocean Services Limited in 1915. However, it was not until 1917 that an official announcement of the merger finally became public.

    Courtesy:-
    http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/allan.html


    Allan Line - RMS Corsican
    Allan Line - RMS Grampian
    Allan Line - RMS Hesperian
    Allan Line - SS Scandinavian
    Allan Line - RMS Tunisian
    Allan Line - RMS Victorian
    Allan Line - RMS Virginian
    American Line (Funnel = Black with WhiteBand)
    American Line (Funnel = Black with WhiteBand)

    Formed in 1872 as the American Steamship Co., Philadelphia and commenced passenger and cargo services to Queenstown and Liverpool, mostly with chartered ships. By 1884 passenger traffic on the North Atlantic had fallen and trade to Philadelphia decreased dramatically and the International Navigation Co of Philadelphia (Red Star Line) acquired the company. In 1892 an Act of Congress ensured that two large vessels of the British flagged Inman Line (owned by International Navigation Co) were transferred to the U.S. flag under the title of American Line. The parent company, International Navigation Co changed it's name in 1902 to International Mercantile Marine Co and purchased the share capitals of White Star, Dominion, Atlantic Transport and Leyland Lines as well as owning Red Star Line. Subsequent history of the company is covered by Red Star Line.

    Courtesy:-
    http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/american.html


    American Line - SS Haverford
    American Line - SS Merion
    American Line - USMS ST LOUIS
    American Line - USMS ST PAUL
    Anchor Line (Funnel = Black)
    Anchor Line (Funnel = Black)

    Anchor Line - TSS Caledonia
    Anchor Line - SS California
    Anchor Line - TSS Cameronia
    Anchor Line - TSS Columbia
    Anchor Line - ss Furnessia HATS MF 64E Pole
    Atlantic Transport Line (Funnel = Red with Black Top)
    Atlantic Transport Line (Funnel = Red with Black Top)

    Atlantic Transport Line - ATL Minnewaska HATS 62B MM Cuff Unrecorded
    Booth Line (Funnel = Black)
    Booth Line (Funnel = Black)

    Booth Line - RMS Antony
    Booth Line - RMS Lanfranc
    Canadian Pacific Line (Funnel = 1906-1921 Pale Brown with Black Top)
    Canadian Pacific Line (Funnel = 1906-1921 Pale Brown with Black Top)

    Funnels before 1906 and after 1921 were pale brown.

    Canadian Pacific Line - HMT Empress of Britain
    Canadian Pacific Line - RMS Empress of France
    Canadian Pacific Line - RMS Empress of Ireland
    Canadian Pacific Line - SS Lake Champlain
    Canadian Pacific Line - SS Lake Erie
    Canadian Pacific Line - RMS Melita
    Canadian Pacific Line - RMS Metagama
    Canadian Pacific Line - RMS Missanabie
    Cunard Line (Funnel = Red with Black Top and 2 Black Rings)
    Cunard Line (Funnel = Red with Black Top and 2 Black Rings)

    Cunard Line - RMS Alaunia
    Cunard Line - RMS Andania
    Cunard Line - RMS Aquitania
    Cunard Line - RMS Ascania
    Cunard Line - RMS Ausonia
    Cunard Line - RMS Campania
    Cunard Line - RMS Carmania
    Cunard Line - RMS Caronia
    Cunard Line - RMS Etruria
    Cunard Line - RMS Franconia
    Cunard Line - RMS Ivernia
    Cunard Line - RMS Laconia
    Cunard Line - RMS Lucania
    Cunard Line - RMS Lusitania
    Cunard Line - RMS Mauretania
    Cunard Line - RMS Pannonia
    Cunard Line - RMS Samaria
    Cunard Line - RMS Saxonia
    Cunard Line - RMS Umbria
    Dominion Line (Funnel = Red with Red Top and White Band)
    Dominion Line (Funnel = Red with Red Top and White Band)

    Dominion Line - RMS Canada
    Dominion Line - RMS Dominion
    Pacific Steam Navigation Line (Funnel = Black -  Yellow after 1914)
    Pacific Steam Navigation Line (Funnel = Black -  Yellow after 1914)

    Pacific Steam Navigation Line - RMS Orcoma - 162
    Pacific Steam Navigation Line - RMS Orduna 163
    Pacific Steam Navigation Line - RMS Oriana 167
    Pacific Steam Navigation Line - RMS Oronsa 168
    Pacific Steam Navigation Line - RMS Oropesa 161
    Red Star Line (Funnel = Black with White Band)
    Red Star Line (Funnel = Black with White Band)

    Red Star Line - RMS Lapland HATS 62B MM Sleeve
    Red Star Line - RMS Lapland HATS 62B MM sleeve red ropes blue poles
    White Star Line (Brown with Black Top)
    White Star Line (Brown with Black Top)

    White Star Line - RMS Adriatic
    White Star Line - RMS Arabic
    White Star Line - RMS Baltic
    White Star Line - RMS Canopic
    White Star Line - RMS Cedric
    White Star Line - RMS Celtic
    White Star Line - SS Cymric
    White Star Line - SS Laurentic
    White Star Line - RMS Majestic
    White Star Line - RMS Megantic
    White Star Line - RMS Oceanic
    White Star Line - HMS Olympic
    White Star Line - RMS Regina
    White Star Line - SS Republic
    White Star Line - RMS Royal George
    White Star Line - RMS Teutonic
    White Star Line - RMS Titanic
    White Star Line - RMS Zeeland
    Unrecorded Ships
    Unrecorded Ships

    Transport Somali


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