An "Ozean-Brief" postmarked July 02, 1914 at Hoboken, N. J., from the Hamburg/Bremen - New York route. Ships had the first radio equipment at the time. However, these did not reach land on the voyage across the Atlantic. Letters were radioed home to an oncoming ship, written down there, put into a special envelope and put ashore at the destination port. In the case of this letter, that was Hoboken, N.J., where the piers of the transatlantic ships were located.
This letter was put ashore either by the HAPAG ship "Kaiserin Auguste Victoria", or by the NDL ship "Kronprinzessin Cecilie", both of which reached
New York that day. This message was probably sent by the ship of the NDL "Kaiser Wilhelm der Große". This was the only ship that came from HAPAG
and NDL to meet the two ships.
The reverse has a postmark of the HUDSON TERMINAL in NEW YORK dated 02 July 1914, and a railroad postmark of the PITTSBURGH & ST. LOUIS dated
03 July 1914, train no. 31, struck.