The Famous "Robert E. Lee," Loading Cotton Postcard

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The Famous "Robert E. Lee," Loading Cotton Postcard

Alternative Title

Robert E. Lee Steamboat Postcard


Steamboats--United States
Cotton--United States.


A postcard depicting the Robert E. Lee loading cotton on the docks in New Orleans, Louisiana. The steamboat operated in 1866 and won a famous race against the Natchez in 1870. The Robert E. Lee caught fire in 1882 and 21 passengers were killed.

This postcard is part of a collection of postcards kept by Lucile Campbell, a schoolteacher in Sanford, Florida, for 30 years. In 1931, she took advantage of a special rate for teachers and sailed to Europe, where she traveled for several months and is thought to have acquired many of these postcards. During the 1940-1941 school year, Campbell taught at Sanford Grammar School. Before her retirement in 1970, she taught at many other area schools, including the Oviedo School, Westside Grammar School, and Pinecrest Elementary School. Campbell used these postcards as aids in her classrooms to teach advanced subjects, such as Shakespearean drama. The collection, along with her other teaching aids, papers, and photographs, was later found at Sanford Grammar School after it became the University of Central Florida's Public History Center. Campbell's postcard collection and photographs provide insight into the life of a respected Florida educator.


Hirschwitz, A.


Original 3 x 5 inch color postcard by A. Hirschwitz: ACC# SM-00-243, file folder 1 (U.S. blanks), box 10A, Lucile (Mary Lucile) Campbell Collection, UCF Public History Center, Sanford, Florida.


Curt Teich and Company

Date Created

ca. 1898-1978

Date Copyrighted

ca. 1898-1978


Campbell, Lucile

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 3 x 5 inch color postcard by A. Hirschwitz.

Is Part Of

File folder 1 (U.S. blanks), box 10A, Lucile (Mary Lucile) Campbell Collection, UCF Public History Center, Sanford, Florida.
Lucile Campbell Collection, Student Museum and UCF Public History Center Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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3 x 5 inch color postcard




Still Image


New Orleans, Louisiana

Accrual Method



History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher


Originally created by A. Hirschwitz and published by Curt Teich and Company.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the UCF Public History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Aphasia Project


Raffel, Sara

Digital Collection

External Reference

"A River Steamer Burned." (October 1, 1882). The New York Times.

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

1 color postcard

Physical Dimensions

3 x 5 inches