Details For Cover ID# 29231

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Cover Type: USA outbound with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Nov 4, 21
Edited on:Nov 4, 21
Postmark: May 21, 1934
Origin: San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES
Destination: Alexandria, EGYPT

San Francisco, Calif. airmail to Egypt 1934. 8c olive green air post entire (UC7) with 11c light blue (692) with May 21, 1934 San Francisco machine cancel to a seaman onboard the Steamship SS President Adams at Alexandria, Egypt. Cairo 1 Jun 34 Par Avion transit marking and Alexandria 1 Jun 34 arrival backstamp.

Rate: 8c air mail in the U.S., plus 5c UPU surface rate to London, plus 6c air mail from London to Cairo = 19c total postage.

The SS President Adams was built in 1921 and operated by the Dollar Steamship Lines, headquarters in San Francisco. The liner served as a troop transport in WWII and was grounded on Uluma Reef near Milne Bay, New Guinea in February 1944 and declared a total loss in June 1944. Fortunately there was no loss of life when she was wrecked.

The Dollar Steamship Co. was established in 1901 by Robert Dollar (1844-1932). In 1920 Dollar established a round-the-world cargo service, and in 1924 he established the first round-the-world passenger service to publish scheduled departure and arrival times. In 1925 the Dollar Steamship Company took over its chief competitor, Pacific Mail, which gave it a near-monopolistic share of U.S. Pacific coast shipping. The late 1920s would turn out to be the peak of Dollar's shipping fortunes. By the late 1930s the Great Depression finally brought down his empire. As Time Magazine reported in 1938, the great shipping company saddled with debt was "signed away by its crew of heirs, assignees and moneylenders" to be taken over by the U. S. Maritime Commission. The company would soon be reincarnated as American President Lines, a firm which plies the seas to this day.

Owner's ID: 2555
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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