• [Einstein, The Godfather] Historic Red Star Line Voyage Hears God Save The Queen

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    The RED STAR LINE was a shipping line founded in 1871. The company’s main ports of call were Antwerp in Belgium, Liverpool and Southampton in the United Kingdom, New York City and Philadelphia. About a quarter of the two million Red Star Line migrants were Jews, largely from Eastern Europe until the exodus driven by the rise of Nazi Germany.  Among them were famous persons, including Albert Einstein. Upon learning of the Nazi confiscation of his possessions, Einstein chose not to return to Germany. His letter resigning from the Prussian Academy of Sciences, written on the line’s stationary, is part of an exhibit at the Red Start Museum. The Red Star Lines appear in Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Part II when the young Vito Corleone arrives in New York. His identification badge is from the Red Star Lines Company.


    5 pp, 5 x 8, ALS, aboard the R.M.S. “Germanic” of the Red Star Line of New York, January 23, 1890. Offering a chatty, voyage letter from Rob to Henry Hank of Canajoharie, NY.

    “...I am happy to report that on last Wednesday, although I was quite sure we would have to anchor in the Bay for the fog to lift, we ran right by Sandy Hook unto clear weather and lost not a moment. I watched from the deck as long as I could see & think your handkerchief was the last I saw although Foleys’ tall form loomed up...The voyage has been a pleasant and enjoyable one...We had no rough weather but the ship rolled...& sleep was not quite as pleasant...We are now 2:30 pm about 275 miles from Queenstown & expect to pass Fastnet light at 3 am...We will be in Liverpool at 1 am tomorrow & hope to reach London Friday afternoon...I am enjoying excellent health & spirits...The English man makes captive company...I enclose a chart showing the route of the “Germanic”...We are to have a concert tonight...If I can secure a programme I will send one to you. (I got one and it cost 10 shillings) The concert was a big success. Just finished singing ‘God Save the Queen but I substituted America...Rob”

    Folds. Nice cover from Red Star Line. Bold New York Postmark. Stamp attached.

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