"Sailing Cards," Early Clippers
with collectors interested in
postal history, Californiana, etc., are the colorful advertising cards
circulated long ago by shipping firms competing for business to the
coast. The cards named the ship, master, sailing dates and
pertinent details regarding their departure from eastern ports and
of call. These were the early "Clippers" making the trip
Horn. One reads. "Shippers' Line for San Francisco.
Ship, FLYING CLOUD, J. P. Creesy, Commander, will have quick dispatch
the above port. This ship having repeatedly made the passage
90 days, as well as the shortest on record, shippers will have the
of placing their goods in San Francisco, with the chance of early
trade. For freight or passage, apply to the captain on board,
10 East River, or to John I. Earle, 106 Wall-St." This is
by a buxom female figure blithely floating over the waves.
collection, more than 700 varieties, is owned by The Seaman's Bank for
Savings, New York.
- George B. Sloane
December 17, 1949
Posted August 26, 1999
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