I received this Postrcrossing card from Germany almost two years ago (despite the year typo in the info box above). It’s an interesting card depicting an old shipping company poster that was mailed from an old medieval city. Magdeburg is the capital city and the second largest city of the state of Saxony-Anhalt and is situated on the Elbe River. It was one of the most important medieval cities of Europe.
Emperor Otto I, the first Holy Roman Emperor, founder of the archbishopric of Magdeburg, was buried in the town’s cathedral after his death. Magdeburg’s version of German town law, known as Magdeburg rights, spread throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The city is also well known for the 1631 Sack of Magdeburg, which hardened Protestant resistance during the Thirty Years’ War. Prior to this, Magdeburg was one of the largest German cities and a notable member of the Hanseatic League. It was destroyed twice in its history.
Nowadays Magdeburg is a traffic junction as well as an industrial and trading center. The production of chemical products, steel, paper and textiles are of particular economic significance, along with mechanical engineering and plant engineering, ecotechnology and life-cycle management, health management and logistics.
From 1873 to 1989, the Holland-America Line was a Dutch shipping line, a passenger line, a cargo line and a cruise line operating primarily between the Netherlands and North America. As part of this rich legacy, it was instrumental in the transport of many hundreds of thousands of immigrants from the Netherlands to North America. It was founded in 1873 as the Nederlandsche-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij (Dutch-American Steamship Company), a shipping and passenger line. It was headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and provided service to the Americas. The company’s first ship was the original Rotterdam, which sailed its 15-day maiden voyage from the Netherlands to New York City on October 15, 1872. Other services were started to other new world ports, including Hoboken, Baltimore and South America. Cargo service to New York started in 1899.
Nowadays, Holland America Line is an American/British owned cruise line; a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc. based in Seattle, United States.