Aboard the ‘Deutschland’

By: usermattw

Mar 24 2013

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Category: Groups


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What it is:

Photo measuring approx. 5 x 3.75 inches.

What I know about it:

Written on the back is Best Wishes from Mr. & Mrs. John Glitas


Mr. and Mrs. John Glitas would presumably be among those pictured on the front, though I don’t know which.  Deutschland is, of course, German for “Germany”.  A quick Google search turned up a German battleship called Deutschland, launched in the early 1930s and scrapped in the late 1940s.  Could that be this ship?  While it seems unlikely that this party of tourists would be cruising aboard a battleship, perhaps they are paying it a visit while it is docked somewhere?  It’s interesting, then, that the writing is in English.

4 comments on “Aboard the ‘Deutschland’”

  1. I would have said that the women’s clothing is more twenties than thirties, too. Interesting mystery…

  2. Firstly, I love this picture! As for traveling on a battleship, it could be possible. If the ship was used as a transport ship then they could feasibly take passengers but usually a small number of them. I knew a lady, quite sophisticated in her elder years, who traveled by transport ship. It sounded like it was quite an adventure, although rustic compared to the cruise shipping lines which were favored during that period.

    • Thanks, Mrs. P, I’m glad you like the pic! Yes, I’m sure there are plenty of possibilities here, and the idea that civilians might be able to sail on a military ship (or at least visit with relatives in the service) is one to consider.

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