Red Star Line Postcard Publishers

The Red Star Line employed the leading companies of the day to print and publish their postcards. By 1900 the finest images were being printed using the process of chromolithography and all the early RSL sets were produced by this method.

The list of printers of the RSL art cards is impressive :-

  • O.de Rycker Brussels
  • O.de Rycker & Mendel Brussels
  • Dietrich & Co Brussels
  • Fritz Schneller Nurnberg
  • J.E.Buschmann Antwerp
  • Muhlmeister & Johler Hamburg
  • E.Stockmans & Co. Antwerp
  • J.L.Goffart Brussels
  • American Litho Co. New York
  • J.E.Goossens Brussels

The majority of the Cassiers cards came from two of these. Dietrich were responsible for his watercolours of landscapes, coastal scenes and city scenes while his graphic art nouveau seascapes, for which he was most famous, were printed by de Rycker & Mendel.

First Card

Read Star Line First Card

This card is probably the first for the Red Star Line. It shows Westernland rigged for both sail and steam.

Built in 1883, the funnel colours of cream and black with a red star were changed in 1893 to a black funnel with a white band. Details of the 1894 Atlantic sailings, which were operated jointly with the American Line, are shown on the rear of the card.

The printers were Muhlmeister & Johler of Hamburg and Bremen. The artwork is unsigned and sets the standard of excellence which was to be maintained by the many cards painted by Henri Cassiers for the Red Star Line.