S.S. Arabic Hands Across the Sea postcard

HANDS ACROSS THE SEA
POSTCARDS

MANUFACTURED BY
THOMAS STEVENS

 
This series of postcards has "Hands Across the Sea" (HATS) printed on the card above the silk and the name of a ship printed below the silk.
The HATS silks have various flags, various joined hands and flag poles with different tassle arrangements. The same silk design is repeated with different ship's names, and in the catalogue below, is recorded the name of each ship known to be associated with each silk design. The individual ship's name will hence appear in several different places.
Godden acknowledged the existence of the HATS postcards but did not list them specifically.
John High has extensively documented the variations in the HATS silks and this catalogue is based on John's work.
 
There are however five Steven's silk postcards which have the same "Hands Across the Sea" printed words but which have the image of an actual ship woven on the silk, insted of the flags. All these relate to the " Transport " ships, and are listed accordingly under the letter " T " in the SHIP category.
 
There is also a third category of cards which have the same arrangement of flags, hands and tassles on the silk, but different words above the silk, and no ships name below.
All these were published by The Alpha Company, and a full list is recorded under the Alpha Series Postcard page.
 
     
 
'HANDS ACROSS THE SEA' CARDS
 
Flags Countries HANDS and ARRANGEMENT WITH TASSLES
     
sh4 Egypt/USA (man & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & behind hands)
     
sh12 Egypt/USA (man's & woman's hand; tassel only behind hands)
     
sh20 France/USA (man & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & behind hands)
     
sh32 Great Britain/African Steam Ship Co
{Elder Dempster Line}
(man's & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & behind hands)
     
sh56 Great Britain/Australian Flag (man's & woman's hand; tassel only behind hands)
{note: possibly Stevens experimental silks}
     
sh68 Great Britain/Canadian flag {Merchant Navy} (man's & woman's hand; tassel only behind hands)
     
sh332 Great Britain/USA (man's & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & behind hands)
     
sh476 Great Britain/USA (2 men's hands; tassel above each flag & behind hands)
     
sh822 Greece/USA (man's & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & behind hands)
     
sh824 Greece/USA (man's & woman's hand; tassel only behind hands)
     
sh848 Portugal (Kingdom of)/Brazil - English (man's & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & beyond each sleeve)
     
sh860 Portugal (Kingdom of)/Brazil - Portuguese (man's & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & beyond each sleeve)
     
sh870 Portugal (Kingdom of)/USA (man's & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & behind hands)
     
sh874 Portugal (Republic of)/Brazil - English (man's & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & beyond each sleeve)
     
sh876 Portugal (Republic of)/Brazil - Portuguese (man's & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & beyond each sleeve)
     
sh888 Spain/USA (man & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & behind hands)
     
sh900 Turkey/USA (man & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & behind hands)
     
sh908 USA/France (2 men's hands; tassel above each flag & just above & below hands)
     
sh928 USA/Ireland (Union Jack in upper left corner) (2 men's hands; tassel only behind hands)
     
sh1000 USA/Ireland (harp only at left) (man's & woman's hand; tassel only behind hands)
     
sh1080 USA/Ireland (harp only at left) (2 men's hands; tassel only behind hands)
     
sh1148 USA/Italy (man's & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & beyond each sleeve)
     
sh1176 USA/Norway (man's & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & beyond each sleeve)
     
sh1220 USA/Scotland (man's & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & beyond each sleeve)
     
sh1284 USA/Sweden (man's & woman's hand; tassel above each flag & beyond each sleeve)
     


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