Postcards can be found in all sorts of places. My best buys have been from bookstores who really just want to get rid of ephemera other than BOOKS- and know next to nothing often about postcards. Always ask if there's a box somewhere you might peruse. Ephemera shows abound- check antiques publications for where. Flea Markets and estate and tags sales are good- and EBAY can produce good buys if there is a really detailed description. Beware of repros- they can look like vintage online. Finding good deals takes alot of patient searching through hundreds of cards of junk and souvenir cards of hula girls and Wish You Were Here stuff. But OH- the thrill of getting a gem for 50 cents! Postcard shows are a big thing here on the East Coast- especially Jersey-New York area where the ships came in- lots of cards . Here is a recent coup of mine- printed in Britain -Tuck's cards are REAL keepers!
Nathan- also look under port city names- not just under Liners, Transportation, Steam Ships. Here is a great scene I got for 25 cents under Liverpool in a catagory file in a bookstore. Sometimes great liners are also in the pictures. Happy hunting- nothing like the thrill of the chase!
Gee Shell, that picture takes me back to when I was a tiny tot in the 1950's. Passengers walked down those two tunnels onto the Landing Stage which in those days was still floating and went up and down according to the tides. When the tide was out, it was almost impossible to walk down them owing to the slope, I've seen many elegantly dressed ladies miss their footing and tumble the full length of one of them! The old Landing Stage was one of the very few places where you could become sea-sick before you boarded the ship! This photo must have been taken just before the crowds on the lower tier boarded one of the incoming ferries from either Birkenhead, Woodchurch, Seacombe or New Brighton - can't seing it being for the departure of a liner as passengers usually boarded a few hundred yards further up River.
Nathan, collecting Lusitania postcards is still fairly cheap, I've never paid more than £12 ($17) for one. My usual source is postcard fairs, look under "shipping and liners" although I am lucky with living "on the spot" so to speak in Liverpool. I also have an original 1916 Cunard Record of Passengers and Crew for the final voyage. This book was issued in 1916 to Cunard Offices arounf the world - for their use only. Mine is in perfect condition, having been stored unused for eighty years.
I will scan some of my collection in when I get time.
Ah you folks have touched on a favorite topic of mine...the postcards!
Nathan, a very good place to find postcards, at least here in NEVADA where it seems that I am the sole Liner memorabilia collector, are your local Antique shows/shops. I found a color rendering of
Lusitania departing NY (Liberty is in background)
which bears a wonderful cancellation and also entailing a message in regards to the Liner:
"Frank, I wish you could be here with me, three times around this ship is one mile".
Postmarked from Queenstown on Lusitania's return-half of her maiden voyage.
I saw it on a Sat., and did not purchase it. As I returned home that same evening I discovered it was indeed a maiden crossing (return half) card.
I was delighted in returning the Sunday after and purchase the card for $20.00.
In an Antique store in Reno, NV I found an OLYMPIC card bearing the transatlantic reference cancellation of OLYMPIC's P.O. Message entailed mentions, "Rooms are absolutely beautiful and you can feel no vibrations". (props). Dated very shortly after her re-entry into service (Hawke collision.)
I need to purchase a scanner so as I too can share some of these wonderful p.c.'s.
Also, circulate the word that you collect Liner memorabila...two of my fondest pieces were actually given to me. If your interest is sincere enough, the results will be obvious to some generous folks.
In May 2004 issue of the magazine "Picture Postcard Monthly", Nottingham, England there is an interesting four pages article about Lusitania poatcards. I think this issue is awailable at the publisher for £ 5 including postage,