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Panama Line

02-38-4_0006 02-38-4_0007Have you sailed with Panama Line? Did you send mail like this envelope while on the ship? Have you received mail from sea?

If you have any stories about Panama Line mail, please share your experiences with us in the comments section!

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  • bkarrer2013

    as a collector of “mail” I can say these envelopes or variants thereof were in use aboard Panama Line ships from the very early days of the US effort in Panama. Unused ones are very common as apparently everyone saved examples for their scrapbooks… besides they were free. Postally used ones from aboard ships are quite collectible as usually the name of the ship is on it or the writing paper. Postmarks from just about all of them are known, with early stuff being “better” in terms of collector interest and value. The kings are probably letters recovered from the wreck of the SS Finance that sank in a foggy day off the New Jesey entrance to New York (Sandy Hook) after being rammed by a much larger ship. Recovered letters are known to have received a ‘sticker’ outlining why the delay … these are valued well into three figures while the average cover with the envelope like you display here are readily available in numbers for $5-10. Bob K

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    ufpcmcollection posted: ” Have you sailed with Panama Line? Did you send mail like this envelope while on the ship? Have you received mail from sea? If you have any stories about Panama Line mail, please share your experiences with us in the comments section!”

  • Richard A. Williams Jr.

    Traveled on the Panama Line many times, both to New York and to New Orleans. I was 2 or 3 months old on my first trip. I remember the envelopes. I have a mechanical pencil with a miniature panama line ship in a clear liquid as well as a catalog depicting the layout of the various public rooms and cabins aboard the three ships. I will deliver them to the museum or its representative at a future reunion.

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