Picturesque Tasmania Letter Card, with five printed Tasmanian views.
Hobart: J. Walch & Sons, Ca. 1903. Five charming Tasmanian landscape b&w photographs including Wellington Falls, Mt. Wellington; Tasmanian Bush Scene; Fern Retreat Hut, Cascades; Russell Falls; and Fern Tree Bower (back cover) decorate this folding self mailing note. Stiff blue paper wraps with address panel at the front cover, a single stapled sheet of folded white paper for message, and photograph on the back. This message from a Scottish woman to her mother in Aberdeen (Mrs. Smith Ashley Lodge, Aberdeen, Scotland via San Francisco): "The Tasmanian coast is lovely, here in Hobart it is very like Braemar. The hills are grand, tho' we hear the New Zealand scenery is much finer. This is the Manuka's maiden trip so crowds of people are going over her today...." The Manuka, the Union Steamship Co.'s twin screw steamer weighing 4, 500 tons, was built in 1903 by William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton, Scotland. She was wrecked after hitting a reef off the coast of New Zealand on Dec. 16, 1929; all passengers survived and were taken in by local families. 3 3/8 x 5" folded. Complete with one penny NZ stamp, franked Dunedin. Not found on Trove. Very good condition. Item #17437