Playing Cards, SS Leviathan

A souvenir from a voyage across the Atlantic on the ocean liner Leviathan. The box, card backs, and the Ace of spades all carry the emblem used by the United States Lines between 1923 and 1929.
The ocean liner Leviathan was built as the Vaterland for Germany's Hamburg-American Line in 1914. During World War I the American government seized the ship and operated it as a troopship. After a complete reconditioning at Newport News, Virginia, in 1922-23, the Leviathan became the flagship of the new United States Lines, which operated it for the U.S. Shipping Board until 1929. Subsequently sold into private hands, the ship ran until 1934. Laid up as a result of high operating costs and low Depression-era patronage, the Leviathan was sold to Scottish shipbreakers in 1938 and dismantled.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1925
used date
Physical Description
cardboard (overall material)
red (overall color)
overall: 3 5/8 in x 2 7/8 in x 7/8 in; 9.2075 cm x 7.3025 cm x 2.2225 cm
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catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of Frank O. Braynard, Sea Cliff, New York
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Work and Industry: Maritime
America on the Move
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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