As I've mentioned on earlier posts, I like used postcards and I look for interesting messages on the cards. The postcard above has a picture of the harbor in Cherbourg, France. It was mailed by sea post from the S. S. Washington on September 11, 1921. The message reads: "Have a vacation job on "S.S. Washington" as librarian. Good, pleasant job. Have arranged library of 2,000 books alphabetically." It is signed C. Begemann. It appears to be sent by a student or former student to a teacher at Dickinson High School in Jersey City, NJ. The S.S. Washington mentioned in the postcard is actually the S.S. George Washington which was a German built ship seized by the U.S. during World War I. According to a Wikipedia article the ship was reconditioned for passenger service in 1920. Libraries seem to be pretty standard on passenger/cruise ships. My wife and I took a cruise on the ship Pride of America in Hawaii recently and it had a great library (see below). I think being librarian for that ship's library would also be a "good pleasant job".
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