'Ship That Brought Me Home' Real Photo Picture Postcard Listing

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Most of these cards are real photo picture postcards. I suspect that they were created by enterprising photographers and sold to returning soldiers. They are almost always found unused. This is probably because they were bought and kept more as souvenirs, than as postcards to mail. Recently, I've seen some 'ship that brought me' postcards that, while based on photographs, are printed picture postcards, and not RPPC's.

Note that soldiers were given Jewish Welfare Board postcards, so they could notify their families that they had arrived. These could be mailed postage-free before arrival or on the dock.

I know little or nothing about the photographers and publishers who created these cards. The only consistent feature of these cards is lettering placed in the negative by the photographer, to the effect 'The Ship That Brought Me Home' or 'The Ship That Brought Us Home'. Note that these images were also sold as full-sized photographs, some even as panoramic photos.

In the following listing, it is noted if a JWB card is known for this ship. Some of the ships shown here are listed as having a JWB card, but I have not seen any example. Notations are similar to those for the JWB listing.

Antigone
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
Former: Neckar, (Seen on JWB cards)
Artemis
RPPC [Flickr]
Post-War German
Not in JWB listing
Canonicus
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
American Cargo, originally used for North Sea mine laying, carried troops home after the War. See: Wikipedia article
(Not known on JWB cards)
Book Spelling: Cananocius
Eten
RPPC [Flickr]
Previously unknown ship; it is listed on the Navy History web pages.
Finland
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
American
Seen on JWB cards
Housatonic
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
American Cargo, originally used for North Sea mine laying, carried troops home after the War. See: Wikipedia article
(Not known on JWB cards)
Huron
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
Former: Frederich der Grosse
Seen on JWB cards
Koningin der Nederlanden
RPPC [Flickr]
Leviathan
Postcard [Flickr]
Ex-German
Seen on JWB cards
Luckenback (Edgar F.)
RPPC [Flickr]
American Cargo
Listed as being on JWB cards
Matsonia
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
American Passenger
Seen on JWB cards
Maui
Different RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
American Passenger
Seen on JWB cards
Mercury
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
Former: Barbarossa
Seen on JWB cards
Nansemond
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
Postwar German Cargo
Seen on JWB cards
Princess Matoika
RPPC [Flickr]
Seen on JWB cards
Rijndam
RPPC [Flickr]
Dutch
Seen on JWB cards
Siboney
RPPC [Flickr]
Not in JWB Card List
Susquehanna
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
Former: Rheim
Seen on JWB cards
Zeppelin
Another RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
Post-War
Seen on JWB cards

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Updated October 5, 2017