Stapleton, Staten Island, New York to Altona o/d Elbe, Germany: 7 October 1909. Unbound.
This colorful souvenir program measure 11” square unfolded. Some wear, soiling, and an opening thin.The front contains 11 panels. The center panel provides space for writing a message. Other panels feature:
Hendrick Hudson and Robert Fulton,
The Half Moon Sailing Up the Hudson,
The Landing of Hendrick Hudson - 1609,
First Trip of the Clermont – August 17, 1807,
The First Settlement of America, Old Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam, West Point 1790,
Battery and Castle Garden 1807,
Statue of Liberty New York Harbor, and at top,
The Dutch Lion rampant on a shield of red, white, and blue supported by a gold eagle.
The reverse has a panel to be addressed and franked for mailing. It additionally contains the “Program of Events” for the week of Saturday, September 25 to Saturday October 2 and a New York City Parade on October 9 October 9. (The celebration was held in greater New York City until the 2nd; for the following week, events were held at up-river locations.) In addition to the Program, there are smaller sections discussing the Lines of Parades, Official Reviewing Stands, Beacon Fires, Evening Receptions, Upper Hudson Celebrations, Public View of the Half Moon and Clermont, and Airships. Item #009598
Unused programs appear at auctions several times each year, however postally-used examples are much less common, and examples sent to overseas locations are decidedly uncommon. An uncommon destination but an unusual destination, so priced accordingly.