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High Seas Happy Hour: 1924

High Seas Happy Hour: 1924

Yukking it up on the S.S. Bremen. This may be the ship built in 1900 as Prinzess Irene by Vulcan AG; it was renamed Bremen in 1923 and assumed the Bremerhaven-New York route that same year. It was ultimately scrapped in 1932. This image is on a postcard addressed to "Burch Bros, Wadena, Minn U.S.A." The card bears a 15-ore stamp from Denmark, postmarked 2-11-1924. The message: "How dry I was (this morning). Cheerio old chaps. Nels." Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

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