'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


Buford

RPPC [Flickr]

U. S. Army Transport (Sometimes named 'USAT Buford',
sometimes 'USS Buford'.)
Not in JWB listing


Canonicus

RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]

American Cargo
(Not known on JWB cards)
Book Spelling: Cananocius


De Kalb

RPPC [Flickr]

Ex-German, USS Dekalb is known, (Seen on JWB cards)


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]

Unknown Ship


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]
Article About This Ship [MPHS Website]

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


Virginian

RPPC [Flickr]

Not in JWB Card List


Zeelandia

RPPC [Flickr]

Dutch
Seen on JWB cards


Zeppelin

Another RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]
RPPC [Flickr]

Post-War
Seen on JWB cards