These picture postcards were issued by the Jewish Welfare Board for use by returning United States troops after the end of the First World War. This listing is part of my pages on troopship cards. More historical background is also available.
This listing is maintained by me, Bob Swanson, and is the result
of personal experience at postcard shows, a close
watch of Internet auctions, and the combining of
several lists from other postcard and
postal history collectors. Additional information is always
welcomed. I am especially interested in good quality
images of the cards where the current image
is missing or poor quality.
Each ship occupies a row on the screen. If your screen is wide enough, the image links will appear to the right of the ship name. (If on a phone, turn the phone sideways for a better view.)
Ship Name will appear in bold type. It is the name of the ship shown on the card
Seen: Indicates that a particular card format has been reported. The card types reported are:
GH: this card is known in a horizontal format, with the message "Greetings from the Jewish Welfare Board..." on the front
GV: indicates that this card is known in a vertical format, with the message "Greetings from the Jewish Welfare Board..." on the front
IH: indicates that this card is known in a horizontal format, with the message "Issued by the Jewish Welfare Board..." on the front
IV: indicates that this card is known in a vertical format, with the message "Issued by the Jewish Welfare Board..." on the front
Have: Any format codes that follow this word indicate whether I have a copy of this card in my collection. There will be one or more two-letter format codes here that match the codes given above. I don't have too many of these, so am not able to trade at this time.
Notes : concerning this card or format. There are many cards that have not been seen by myself or other collectors, so we aren't sure of the format or type. If I know about the nationality of the ship, I'll include a comment. Any "Former:" notes indicate the German name of the ship before seizure. "Ex-German" indicates that it was seized in 1917 but not renamed. "Post-War" indicates that this was an Ex-German ship taken as war reparation, and generally not renamed.
Image(s): If one or more images of the postcard or the ship are available, there will be a link to the images after, and, depending on your device's screen, to the right of the ship name. Some of the images are good quality, some not so. Images marked with "[Flickr]" are posted on that website in my photo collection. The letters "RPPC" indicate a Real Photo Picture Postcard. NOTE that the Library of Congress website offers a fascinating collection of panoramic photographs. These photos include images of the troopships used in WW I. To view a particular ship, click on the LOC link provided, and search for the word that I mention in the table. There are also links to the Naval Historical Center, where they have a web page for the particular ship. They offer many interesting images of these ships. Unfortunately, there are very few WW I transports in their listings.
* Library of Congress (LOC) Panoramic Photo, Search for name in parenthesis to see an image.
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