Hamburg-America Line postcard of Waikiki surfers • 1931
The Hamburg-America Line offered a unique service to passengers on its round-the-world cruises in the 1920s and ‘30s. Postcards with photos of the different ports the ships visited would regularly be sent at the passengers’ requests to friends and family. For Americans, the cards were mailed from New York City with preprinted messages in English.
This particular card, on the other hand, has German text and was sent from Hamburg to Lubeck. Surfing was already internationally famous in 1931 but was still mostly associated with Hawaii.