A digital collection of forty-four ledgers that record the sale of tickets by steamship agents operating in Philadelphia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The four agents represented in this collection, M.L. Blitzstein & Co., M. Rosenbaum & Co., Pennsylvania Company for Banking and Trust, and Rosenbluth Brothers, are a mix of private immigrant and state run banks, and travel agencies. The steamship ticket purchase ledgers are a unique record documenting the purchase of tickets for passage to and from America primarily for the purposes of immigration, but also for leisure and vacation travel. Passengers were booked to arrive at various ports including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Baltimore. The steamship agents represented here primarily sold tickets and arranged passage for Eastern European Jews; however, other immigrant communities utilized their services, and are represented in these ledgers. The earliest entries date from 1890 and the latest 1950, with the bulk dated prior to 1940.
To learn more about the collection of steamship ticket purchase ledgers and the history of immigrant banking in America, view the Steamship agents page.
Information pages about individual steamship agents provide details about the varied contents within the ledgers and a short history of each agency. Digitization of the steamships ticket purchase ledgers is an ongoing project. The collection will be updated as more digitized ledgers become available.
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M.L. Blitzstein and Co.
M. Rosenbaum and Co.
Pennsylvania Company for Banking and Trusts