This category porovides the collector many photo postcards of the Hamburg-Amerikanische Pecketfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft (also Hamburg-America-Line, HAPAG), founded in 1847 in Hamburg, with its vast number of operated sailing-, passenger-, cargo- and container ships.
Among the founding members of the worlds largest shipping company are well-known names like Carl Woermann and Ferdinand Laeisz.
HAPAGs first ship was the sailor “Deuitschland”, of which only a few motives exist on postcards. Steamboats “Hammonia”, “Borussia” and “Austria” strengthened the Hamburg-New York-Line since the 1850 years and established a tradition, having ships names end of “ia”.
Despite strong competition on the Transatlantic-Route by shipping companies as Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd), Holland-Amerika Lijn and Red Star Line, HAPAG could produce a steady growth and in 1900 won the Blue Riband with the worlds largest ship “Deutschland”. The ships picture embellishes many postcards to this day.
Pictures of steamboats “Amerika”(1905) and “Kaiserin Auguste Victoria” (1906) show many historical testimonials of the ocean liners of then to collectors. Also coveted to collect and here listed postcards show the ships “Imperator” (1913), “Vaterland” (1914) and “Bismarck” (1920).
The first post-war ships “Albert Ballin” (1923) and “Deutschland” (1923) led HAPAG back to the top of the world, after losing its complete fleet. The investment-intense development to containers in the 1960 years forced a fusion with North German Lloyd Bremen in 1970 and the end of the 123-year-old existence of the company.