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Imperator Post Card Set

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Impressive set of 17 postcards for Cunard’s R.M.S. Imperator. Cunard operated the seized German liner for about a year right after the war before re-naming her Berengaria. One wonders why they waited to change the name. Perhaps they considered keeping her name as Imperator. If they didn’t, then the company certainly produced a fair bit of publicity material with the ship’s original German name. Because the liner is still listed on the cards as “Imperator,” I have put these cards here under her original name and not in the Cunard section.

I had not seen most of these cards before I bought this set. They are quite unusual and hard to find. Each card has the particulars of the ship on the back and the full Cunard belted and crowned logo. Some intriguing views shown on these cards include the Grill Room, “Swimming Pool Rest Room” (which looks like the cooling room of a Turkish Bath), a view of the cabin-class dining room, etc., etc. I have never seen most of these areas of Imperator before. All cards are postally unused. A rare chance to own a set in one go. Some bumped corners otherwise excellent condition.