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Box for Leviathan playing cards
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Arts and Leisure
Transatlantic Souvenirs — Stuff

Leviathan playing cards
Leviathan playing cards

Playing cards from S.S. Leviathan
Catalog #: 1991.0856.24, Accession #: 1991.0856
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
A souvenir from a voyage across the Atlantic on the ocean liner Leviathan. The box, card backs, and the Ace of spades all carry the emblem used by the United States Lines between 1923 and 1929.
Physical Description
Deck of 53 playing cards in two-piece red case. 3 5/8" H x 2 7/8" W x 7/8" D.
Date Made:
about 1925
Dates Used:
1923 - 1929
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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