When an (otherwise un-inspected) auction lot arrives, it can contain just about anything.
When it contains one/more 'over size' postcards, I groan ... the more 'over size', the louder I groan.
Why? These are invariably late model chromes, and they look like someone forgot to 'not fold, spindle, or mutilate'.
To be fair, the more 'over size' the card, the harder it would have been to find a suitable storage solution.
But check out this
Most of one millimeter thick, this heavy card stock might actually have survived mailing.
It is the first time that I have seen anything quite like it and, sadly, the 'Mammoth View Card' legend did not google well.
The ships - RMS Ionian & SS Canopic - were easy to find.http://www.antiquaprintgallery.com/...153517-p.asp
... a print, reproduced on this card, published by Bunneys Ltd of Liverpool, who also published postcards. The dealer dates the print as '1900'.http://postcards-of-the-past.co.uk/
... some information about Bunneys (see Publishers), and a lovely postcard of IM's Douglas Parade (see Other Places) (go figure!)http://www.norwayheritage.com/p_ship.asp?sh=canop
... she sailed as SS Canopic 1903-1925, which contradicts the dealer's date of 1900 for the print ... perhaps the print was from 1900, but the caption was updated later?http://www.norwayheritage.com/p_ship.asp?sh=ionia
... the RMS Ionian sailed from Liverpool many times during 1901-1906
Based on the (incomplete) voyage history, perhaps one possible date for this print was late December 1903 or early January 1904?
PS: The shop at which I bought this card has 3 more from this series, though mine is the pick of the litter ...