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Australia greets Uncle Sam

Date: c 1908
Dimensions:
Overall: 90 x 140 mm
Medium: Printed ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00003808
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    This postcard printed with the slogan 'Australia greets Uncle Sam' was printed to coincide with the visit of the American Great White Fleet tour to Australia in 1908. It depicts the national flags of Australia, America and Britain with an image of the arriving American naval fleet. Postcards promoting friendship between the two countries were the most popular souvenirs produced for the visit. The Victorian and New South Wales governments distributed many similar versions to the US sailors.
    SignificanceThis postcard highlights the tour of the American Great White Fleet in 1908 and demonstrates the political alliance between America, Australia and Britain during the early 20th century.
    HistoryIn 1907 American President Roosevelt ordered the Atlantic Battle Fleet of the US Navy on an ambitious voyage around the world. In December 1907 led by the flagship CONNECTICUT, the Atlantic Fleet consisted of 16 battleships painted white as were all US Navy ships in times of peace. The ships sailed in four divisions of four ships each and visited six continents, 26 countries and 32 ports. It carried 614 officers, 13,504 other crew and consumed 435,000 tons of coal, more than any other naval expedition. It was the largest fleet to ever accomplish a circumnavigation.

    The visit stimulated a varied and colourful range of souvenirs. Badges, medallions and pins, as well as postcard and photographs, reflected the euphoria generated by the visit of a potential new and powerful ally.

    As a result of the 1908 visit, the Australian-American alliance was established, with Australia reducing its dependence on the British Royal Navy and eventually establishing the Royal Australian Navy. In 1909 the British Government, aware of Australia's dissatisfaction with British policies and disturbed by the enthusiastic reception of the American Fleet, decided to make concessions. It recommended that Australia build its own fleet of 13 vessels, the first formation of the Royal Australian Navy.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Australia greets Uncle Sam

    Primary title: 'AUSTRALIA GREETS UNCLE SAM', SHOWS THE AUSTRALIAN, AMERICAN, AND BRITISH FLAGS WITH THE AMERICAN FLEET IN THE BACKGROUND, RELATING TO VISIT OF US FLEET TO AUSTRALIA IN 1908.

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