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This picture postcard was datelined
4 Juli 1902.
It is franked with the 1901 10pf carmine Germania overprinted China (Scott 26).
The postmark is a “Deutsch Seepost-Ost
Asiatische Linie b.”
The postcard was posted aboard a ship operating route b rather than ashore.
The destination was Frankfurt.
There are no transit or receiver markings.
Lloyd of Bremen began service to Singapore and
China via Aden, Colombo, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
By 1900 the service was extended to Japan.
This line operated German mail ships which plied routes
in the Far East and to Europe via the Suez Canal.
The card has illustrations on both sides.
The embossed soldier on the front illustrates the uniform of the German
soldier in the Chinese Expeditionary Force at the time of the Boxer Rebellion.
The illustration on the message side is of
what appears to
be a naval monument in Shanghai.
Helmut Karlbach from Lübeck has kindly
translation of this card.
He starts by saying that the script is Sütterlin, one of several varieties of German script.*
He provided this guide to the various German scripts.
(Frl., an abbreviation for Fraülein, meaning miss, unmarried lady, a use which is no longer politically correct)
is an old German word without an English equivalent - part of the
formal salutation of Miss Jäger.
that she was respected, venerated, revered, honored, and admired.)
Frankfurt on Main
sure if this is correct)
den 4.Juli 1902
on 4 July 1902
mich im Hafen von Shanghai und fahren morgen weiter.
||I am in the port of Shanghai and drive on tomorrow.|
|Am 19. August treffen wir in Bremerhafen ein.||On 19 August we arrive in Bremerhaven. (He wrote Bremerhaven wrong, perhaps because he was not a Northern German or he means Bremen Hafen, but written in one word is nonsense)|
mit dem Schiff Prinz
with the ship Prince
Heinrich (a Nord-deutcher Lloyd steamship of 6,263 tons built
I cannot read)
mit herzl. Gruß
with cordial greeting
Clearly, the writer was touring aboard the
and the card was
Helmut also notes that it is unusual that
there is no receiving mark from the card's arrival in Germany.
*Helmut Karlbach earns a special thank you
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