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English Cruiser “Hampshire”

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The cruiser was launched in 1905.  This card dates from around 1910.  The cruiser was lost in a U-boat-laid minefield off the Orkney Islands on June 5, 1916.  643 men, including Lord Kitchener – on a diplomatic mission to Russia, were lost.  Twelve survived.
The front shows some fading but the overall condition of the card is very good.  Apparently, it was kept in a common picture album.  The browning on the back is probably from the acidic stock of the album pages.

The Prudential Insurance Company issued quite a few postcards around this time, but this one could be an R3.  It’s available on the web for around $20, in mint condition.

About Bob Lawrence

artist, photographer, reader, anime fan (waning interest), poet

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