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Cover of "My Trip Abroad"
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Transatlantic Souvenirs — Stuff

Page from 'My Trip Abroad'
Page from "My Trip Abroad"

Memoir book “My Trip Abroad”
Catalog #: 1991.0856.21, Accession #: 1991.0856
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This little book (and a second, nearly identical one from 1924 in the Smithsonian collections) was published by the Diary Publishing Corporation of New York City for distribution by the United States Lines to its passengers on the Leviathan. Similar books were common on many transatlantic passenger ships.
Physical Description
Leather bound memoir book with gold lettering reading “My Trip Abroad” and emblem “Compliments of United States Lines.” Contains facts and a drawing relating to the S.S. Leviathan. Pages for recording “Impressions of Voyage,” “Interesting People I have met,” “Friends to Write to,” “Things I want to buy,” “Places of Interest Visited,” “Autographs,” “Memoirs,” and “Expenses.”
Date Made:
Dates Used:
1926 - 1926
New York
Gift of Frank O. Braynard
The ocean liner Leviathan was built as the Vaterland for Germany's Hamburg-American Line in 1914. During World War I the American government seized the ship and operated it as a troopship. After a complete reconditioning at Newport News, Virginia, in 1922-23, the Leviathan became the flagship of the new United States Lines, which operated it for the U.S. Shipping Board until 1929. Subsequently sold into private hands, the ship ran until 1934. Laid up as a result of high operating costs and low Depression-era patronage, the Leviathan was sold to Scottish shipbreakers in 1938 and dismantled.

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