Hamburg – American Line Passenger and Freight Services to All Parts of the World

Interwar wall map advertising the routes served by the Hamburg-American Lines.

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Prior to the outbreak of the First World War, the Hamburg-American Line was the largest shipping corporation in the world, ferrying millions across the globe. Though it dipped slightly in the postwar years, it remained a potent force in worldwide passenger and freight service.

This magnificent wall map shows the lines around 1920, with various styles reflecting the routes of mail, pleasure cruises, passenger services, and coastal cruises. In order to remain on the cutting edge of transportation services, Zeppelin and airplane routes operated by the company are also shown. These are all outlined in the accompanying legend, which also identifies the red circles as overseas German agricultural settlements.

Concentrated in areas across South America, Canada and Germany’s African colonies, these areas reflecting promising opportunities for Germans (and other Europeans) displaced by war and political unrest. The detailed image presents place names in German, though the accompanying information is all given in English. Published in Frankfurt by Ravenstein’s Geographical Publishing House around 1926.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1926

Author: Ludwig Ravenstein

Sheet Width (in): 43.50

Sheet Height (in): 31.00

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Large wall map with wooden rollers, mounted on linen. Some soiling and wear along the outer edges, notably in the upper left and lower right. Small spots of abrasion along the lower third of the sheet and moderate soiling on the verso, which does not affect the image. Around 3" of separation along the roller in the lower right corner.

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