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DeSoto Brown

Bishop Museum historian
www.bishopmuseum.org

Detail from the Oceanic Steamship Company 

1887

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This is a detail from the very first commercial published piece to advertise travel to the Hawaiian Islands. It is from a brochure printed by the Oceanic Steamship Company, used from 1887 into the early 1890s.

​Oceanic’s ships traveled from San Francisco through the Pacific all the way to Australia. In the late 1920s, Oceanic was purchased by the Matson Navigation Co., which took over these routes.

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