Designed by Ottoman Anton (1895-1976), this lovely aquamarine poster features the South American lines of the Holland America Line. Anton was a painter and graphic artist who worked in Hamburg, Cologne and Cairo. He designed a large number of lithographic ship portraits for many of the larger German shipping companies, and produced a number of lasting images for the Holland American Lines. Many of his works form the backbone of maritime museum collections, as well as the foundation for a variety of private collections, however, I have not been able to find this particular poster, in any museum or private collection. Past auction results for Anton posters for Hamburg Amerika have ranged from $US2500-$2900+. The poster measures 22.5 x 32 inches an is in very good condition: it shows some slight creasing on the far left side (very minor) and a small shadow on the top (also minor). The Holland America Line was founded in 1873 as the Dutch-America Steamship Company (Dutch: Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij), a shipping and passenger line. Because it was headquartered in Rotterdam and provided service to the Americas, it became known as Holland America Line (HAL). The first ships sailed between Rotterdam and New York in 1872. Until scheduled transatlantic passenger transport ended New York (Hoboken) remained the main American terminal. Other services were started later that century to South America and Baltimore. A pure cargo service to New York was added in 1899. In the early years of the 20th century other North American ports were added to the service. In the first 25 years of its existence the line carried 400,000 people from the old to the new world. Though transportation and shipping were the primary sources of revenue, in 1895 the company offered its first vacation cruise. Its second leisure cruise, from New York to the Holy Land, was first offered in 1910.
22,5 x 32
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