Printed flag on cotton, 11.5 x 17 in. Staggered star pattern. Handwritten inscription: "On board the ‘Amerika’ Aug 12th 1909." Followed by the signatures of 17 ship passengers with address and/or home town. Ca 1909.
The German passenger liner Amerika sailed its maiden voyage from Hamburg to New York in October 1905. The ship offered superior service and luxurious traveler accommodations. In spite of its many technological innovations, the ship was involved in a number of at-sea incidents, including one on April 10, 1912 (same day as maiden voyage of the Titanic) when the Amerika rammed and sank a British submarine off the coast of Dover.
In 1917, the ship was seized by the US Navy, commissioned the USS America, and converted to a troop transport. After the war, the ship was rebuilt and served as a passenger liner until 1943 when it was reactivated as the US Army transport Edmund B. Alexander. The ship was sold for scrapping in January 1957.
Provenance:J. Richard Pierce Collection of American Parade Flags
Minor soiling to flag. Otherwise very fine condition.
Array ( [live_biddable] => [inquire] => [phone] => [phone_bid] => 0 [sold] => 1 [unsold] => [make_offer] => [estimate] => 1 [timer] => [current_bid] => [asking_bid] => [start_price] => 1 [buy_it_now_price] => [bid_activity] => )
Have a Similar Item?Consign With Us
Cowan’s Cincinnati Office offers an in-house, full-service shipping department which is unparalleled in the auction industry. Shipping costs are provided with your finalized invoice 24-48 hours after auction. For furniture and oversized items, we recommend using third-party services. For more information, click HERE or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: All pickups and preview are by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 513-871-1670 or email email@example.com
Page Load Executed Time Elapsed: 0.343 seconds