Today in Postal History
Martinique to United States
March 14, 1906
This picture postcard
was sent from Fort de
Fort de France is in the middle of the Caribbean side of the island of Martinique.
Martinique is in the northern part of the Windward Islands at
the south end of the Lesser Antilles at the east end of the Caribbean.
The postcard is franked
with an 1892 10c black on
Sage - Navigation and Commerce (Scott 38).
There are two Fort de France CDS.
The cover arrived at its
destination of Brooklyn,
a New York Borough, on March 27.
The postcard has a machine receiver showing only the dial for Brooklyn on March 27.
The card was supplied by
the Hamburg-America Linie
which operated the cruise being taken by the sender.
The line serviced the West Indies as early as 1872.
The postcard provides a
convenient space for the
sender to note the ship and the date.
Am Bord des Dampfers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
den . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Am Bord des Dampfers
translates as 'on board the
steampship . . . '
suggesting you enter the name of the ship.*
The view is of the shore
at St. Pierre.
St. Pierre is on the Caribbean coast about 60 km northwest of Fort de France.
The view reminds us of the volcanic nature of the whole Lesser Antilles chain.
Martinique was the scene of one of the most devastating eruptions in the 20th century.*
The traveler sent a most
typical traveler's note:
March 14, 1906
This is a wonderful sight. I wish you were with us.
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