1880's INMAN LINE Royal & United States MAIL STEAMERS

Offered without reserve:

Original 1880's advertising trade card for INMAN LINE Royal & United States Mail Steamers.

Imprint at bottom edge, "H. BLACKLOCK & Co PRINTERS" (at left), "MANCHESTER & LONDON" (at right).

Verso with extensive text (see scans).

Measures approx. 3 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches (8.3 x 14.5 cm.). Thick stock. Slight edge wear; old ink spot below image of ship.

Outstanding graphics & color. Quite nice overall.



Inman Line / Liverpool and Philadelphia Steamship Company / Liverpool, New York and Philadelphia Steamship Company

Inman Line was formed in 1850 by three partners as the Liverpool & Philadelphia SS Co and in 1852 added steerage berths to their ships to cater for the emigrant trade. In 1852 two of the partners who were Quakers, disagreed with the policy of chartering ships for trooping purposes and resigned. After this the company became unofficially known as Inman Line after the remaining founder, William Inman. In mid 1854 the transatlantic service ceased as all the company ships were employed on Crimean War service and didn't resume until Apr.1856. To cater for the growth of New York traffic, the official name of the company was changed in 1857 to Liverpool , New York
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