The beginning of a trip abroad could be accompanied by feelings of melancholy or excitement as familiar surroundings were left behind. The length of the voyage for those traveling by sea was enhanced because of the new and unfamiliar environment, the vastness of the sea, and the daunting prospect of a lengthy voyage. These feelings of unease or excitement were heightened during the ship’s slow methodical departure.

“I’m certainly not much of a nationalist, but it was a queer feeling watching America slip away into a blue haze. It made me very melancholy.”

A photograph taken by Judith during departure aboard the Sylvania.

A series of letters and notices preparing passengers for embarkation.

The baggage decal attached to Judith’s luggage.