Here's what I wanted to show you, recently bought on eBay:
It's a bad picture, but the post card is represented fairly well. The colors in real life are a little darker and more muted, but still pretty saturated. It's a painting by someone named Robert Schmidt of the North German Lloyd ship, the Bremen.
Why do I care about this? Because my grandfather spent much of his working life in the bowels of this ship, because when they emigrated to America, my mother's family sailed on this ship, and because my grandmother and I took it back and forth to Europe the summer we spent the summer in Muenster.
I don't know the exact vintage of this particular postcard -- there are many different ones -- but I'm trying to find out.
I also have a menu from the ship that's the vintage of when my mother's family sailed, and a number of poster stamps. I'll do a whole post on poster stamps soon -- anyone else know what they are? Here's a poster stamp from the early 1900's:
These things mean a lot to me -- it's the visible history of my family. Now that I'm retired, I'd like to do something with them -- scrapbooking ideas, anyone? I haven't really scrapbooked before.