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These cartoons were drawn on board SS STRATHALLAN between Aden and Bombay

Date: 1939
Overall: 275 x 275 mm
Medium: Linen, ink
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Lud Krastins
Object Name: Handkerchief
Object No: 00040050

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    This handkerchief is decorated with cartoons hand-drawn in green ink by passengers E Jones, E Smith, M Lines and H Carter on board the STRATHALLEN in 1939, between Aden and Bombay. This was during one of the last voyages made by the liner before it was requisitioned as a troop ship during World War II. The cartoons include caricatures of Hitler, Popeye and other figures.
    SignificanceThe handkerchief represents souvenirs, friendships and diversions for ship passengers during the first half of the 20th century. The caricatures reflect the political climate of the time, demonstrating that tensions in Europe were on people's minds.
    HistoryThe P&O liner SS STRATHALLAN was launched at London in 1938 for the passenger service between Australia and England. It completed only a few trips before being requisitioned as a troop transport by the British Ministry of War in September 1939. A short time later STRATHALLAN sank after it was torpedoed by a German U boat (U562) on 21 December 1942 near Oran, off the coast of North Africa. Out of 4000 troops only 3 on board lost their lives.
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    Web title: Handkerchief decorated with cartoons and signed by four passengers on SS STRATHALLAN

    Assigned title: These cartoons were drawn on board SS STRATHALLAN between Aden and Bombay

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