[Editor: This postcard, which incorporates a photo of people in boats on Torrens Lake (Adelaide, SA), and which has a Kangaroo and Map stamp, is dated 9 October 1913.]
[Front of postcard]
Torrens Lake, Adelaide
[Description: A photograph of people in boats on Torrens Lake, Adelaide.]
[Reverse of postcard]
Printed in Great Britain
[Handwritten text, in italics]
Just a card to welcome you all back home.
I hope to be down at the boat on Monday morning.
Miss F Jenman
C/o N. Molloy PC
[Information re the publisher or manufacturer:]
The Valentine & Sons’ Publishing Co., Ltd., Melbourne
Dimensions (approximate): 137 mm. (width), 88 mm. (height).
The 4th line of the address section is unclear; it may or may not be “N. Molloy PC”.
Bessie = a diminutive form of “Elizabeth”
C/o = an abbreviation of “care of” (also abbreviated as “c/-”); used to address a piece of mail, or a communication, when it is being sent to an address which is owned or run by someone else, for the receiving person or organisation to pass it on to the person to whom it is addressed
Flo = a diminutive form of “Florence” and “Flora”
S.A. = an abbreviation of South Australia (a colony in Australia from 1836, then a state in 1901)
Scharnhorst = S.S. Scharnhorst, a German steamship, which carried mail and passengers (it made 19 round trips from Germany to Australia)
See: “SS Scharnhorst (1904)”, Wikipedia
s.s. = steamship (may also refer to a single-screw ship or to a submarine)
See 1) “Latest shipping”, The Journal (Adelaide, SA), 24 March 1923, p. 16 (night edition)
2) “Ship prefixes: Understanding SS and other common uses”, NADA Guides (National Automobile Dealers Association)
3) Soumyajit Dasgupta, “What are ship prefixes for naval and merchant vessels?”, Marine Insight, 4 December 2019
4) “Ship abbreviations and symbols”, Naval History and Heritage Command
5) “Military abbreviations used in service files”, Library and Archives Canada (Government of Canada)