Jewish Welfare Board Picture Postcard Listing

[wwi troopship]

These picture postcards were issued by the Jewish Welfare Board for use by returning United States troops after the end of the First World War. This listing is part of my pages on troopship cards. More historical background is also available.

This listing is maintained by me, Bob Swanson, and is the result of personal experience at postcard shows, a close watch of Internet auctions, and the combining of several lists from other postcard and postal history collectors. Additional information is always welcomed. I am especially interested in good quality images of the cards where the current image is missing or poor quality.

Key to Listing

Each ship occupies a row on the screen. If your screen is wide enough, the image links will appear to the right of the ship name. (If on a phone, turn the phone sideways for a better view.)

Ship Name will appear in bold type. It is the name of the ship shown on the card

Seen: Indicates that a particular card format has been reported. The card types reported are:

GH: this card is known in a horizontal format, with the message "Greetings from the Jewish Welfare Board..." on the front

GV: indicates that this card is known in a vertical format, with the message "Greetings from the Jewish Welfare Board..." on the front

IH: indicates that this card is known in a horizontal format, with the message "Issued by the Jewish Welfare Board..." on the front

IV: indicates that this card is known in a vertical format, with the message "Issued by the Jewish Welfare Board..." on the front

Have: Any format codes that follow this word indicate whether I have a copy of this card in my collection. There will be one or more two-letter format codes here that match the codes given above. I don't have too many of these, so am not able to trade at this time.

Notes : concerning this card or format. There are many cards that have not been seen by myself or other collectors, so we aren't sure of the format or type. If I know about the nationality of the ship, I'll include a comment. Any "Former:" notes indicate the German name of the ship before seizure. "Ex-German" indicates that it was seized in 1917 but not renamed. "Post-War" indicates that this was an Ex-German ship taken as war reparation, and generally not renamed.

Image(s): If one or more images of the postcard or the ship are available, there will be a link to the images after, and, depending on your device's screen, to the right of the ship name. Some of the images are good quality, some not so. Images marked with "[Flickr]" are posted on that website in my photo collection. The letters "RPPC" indicate a Real Photo Picture Postcard. NOTE that the Library of Congress website offers a fascinating collection of panoramic photographs. These photos include images of the troopships used in WW I. To view a particular ship, click on the LOC link provided, and search for the word that I mention in the table. There are also links to the Naval Historical Center, where they have a web page for the particular ship. They offer many interesting images of these ships. Unfortunately, there are very few WW I transports in their listings.

JWB Card List

Adriatic
Seen: GH
Have: GH
Notes: British

Aeolus
Seen: IH
Notes: Former: Grosser Kurfurst

Agamemnon
Seen: GV IV
Notes: Former: Kaiser Wilhelm II; [SAW GV and IV]

America
Seen: GH IH
Have: IH HG
Notes: Former: Amerika; [SAW GH]

Antigone
Seen: IH
Notes: Former: Neckar

Aquitania
Seen: IH
Notes: British [Saw IH]

Arizonian
Seen: GH
Notes: American Cargo

Calamares
Seen: GH
Notes: American

Dakotan
Seen: GH
Notes: American Cargo [Saw GH]

De Kalb
Seen: GH

Finland
Seen: GH IH
Notes: American

France
Seen: IH
Notes: French

General Goethals
Seen: GV
Notes: Post-War German Cargo

George Washington
Seen: GH IH
Have: IH
Notes: Ex-German [Have seen example of Horizontal "Greetings"]

Graf Waldersee
Seen: GH
Notes: Post-War

Great Northern
Seen: GH
Have: GH
Notes: American

Harrisburg
Seen: GH IH
Notes: American

Henry R Mallory
Seen: GH
Notes: American

Huron
Seen: GH IH
Have: GH
Notes: Former: Frederich der Grosse [Saw IH]

Imperator
Seen: GH
Notes: Post-War [Later given to the British and was renamed the Berengaria]

Iowan
Seen: GH
Notes: American Cargo

Kaiserin Auguste Victoria
Seen: GH
Notes: Post-War

Kroonland
Seen: GH IH
Notes: [Listed as "American", but pre-war cards show as Belgian]

Leviathan
Seen: GH GV IH IV
Have: GH
Notes: Former: Vaterland [Largest Liner in the World]

Louisville
Seen: GH
Have: GH
Notes: American

Luckenback
Seen: GH
Notes: American Cargo

Manchuria
Seen: GH IH
Notes: American

Martha Washington
Seen: GH IH
Have: IH
Notes: Austrian

Matsonia
Seen: GH
Notes: American

Maui
Seen: IH
Have: IH
Notes: American

Mauretania
Seen: IH
Notes: British

Mercury
Seen: IH
Notes: Former: Barbarossa

Mongolia
Seen: GH IH
Have: IH

Mount Vernon
Seen: GH IH
Have: IH
Notes: Former: Kronprinzessin Cecile

Nansemond
Seen: GH
Notes: Post-War German Cargo

Nieuw Amsterdam
Seen: GH
Notes: Dutch

Northern Light
Seen:
Notes: Types not known

Ohioan
Seen: GH
Notes: American Cargo

Olympic
Seen: IH
Notes: British [Saw IH]

Orizaba
Seen: GH
Notes: American

Panaman
Seen: GH
Notes: American Cargo [saw GH]

Pastores
Seen: GH
Notes: American

Patria
Seen: IH
Notes: French

Patricia
Seen: GH
Notes: Post-War

Patrick
Seen:
Notes: Types not known

Plattsburg
Seen: GH
Notes: American

Pocahontas
Seen: IH
Notes: Former: Prinzess Irene

Powhatan
Seen: GH IH
Notes: Former: Hamburg

President Grant
Seen: IH
Have: IH
Notes: Ex-German

Pretoria
Seen:
Notes: Post-War [Types not known]

Princess Matoika
Seen: GH

Prinz Freidrich Wilhelm
Seen: GH
Have: GH
Notes: Post-War [have 2 G(H)]

Rijndam
Seen: GH
Notes: Dutch

Rotterdam
Seen: GH
Notes: Dutch

Susquehanna
Seen: IH
Notes: Former: Rheim

Troy
Seen: GH
Notes: American Cargo [Saw GH]

Von Steuben
Seen: GH
Notes: Former: Kronprinz Wilhelm

Wilhelmina
Seen: GH
Notes: American

Zeelandia
Seen: GH
Notes: Dutch

Zeppelin
Seen: GH
Notes: Post-War

* Library of Congress (LOC) Panoramic Photo, Search for name in parenthesis to see an image.

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