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Receipt for Part-Payment - New York to Hamburg - 28 April 1933

Hamburg America Line Receipt For $50 Part-Payment for Cabin Class Passage on the SS St Louis

Hamburg America Line Receipt For $50 Part-Payment for Cabin Class Passage on the SS St Louis, Departing 20 May 1933 from New York to Hamburg Dated 28 April 1933. GGA Image ID # 12d201e1ff

Summary of Receipt for Part-Payment

  • Date of Purchase / Voyage: 28 April 1933 / 20 May 1933
  • Steamship Line: Hamburg America Line
  • Steamship: SS St Louis
  • Route: New York to Hamburg
  • Ticket Type: Receipt for Part-Payment
  • Voyage Class: Cabin Class
  • Name on Contract: Mr. John Sidebotham, Mr. W. S. Steffen, Mrs. Steffen & Child
  • Etnicity of Passenger(s): Unknown
  • Contract Terms: Transcribed
  • Cost of Ticket: $500.50 / $9,990.00 USD in 2020


Receipt for Part-Payment Details

Receipt for partial payment for a party of four for passage from New York to Hamburg on the SS St. Louis of the Hamburg America Line dated 28 April 1933. Fare for Each Adult was $143.00 Plus Tax for a cabin class berth.


Hamburg America Line
39 Broadway, New York NY


RECEIPT No. 125745 - Issued APRIL 28TH 1933


On account of passage of Mr. John SIDEBOTHAM, Mr. W. S. STEFFEN, Mrs. STEFFEN & CHILD as per margin

  • In the CABIN Class of the Steamship ST. LOUIS
  • To sail from: New York
  • On May 20TH  1933


unless the steamer is prevented from sailing by unforeseen circumstances.

  • Reserved for Outward Passage: Room No. 103 L – Berth No. 105 ALL
  • 3 Adults @ 143.00 Plus Tax
  • 1 Child


The balance of the passage money for both the outward and return passages, must be paid at least three weeks before sailing from New York or Boston, when this Receipt will be exchanged for the Regular Ticket. If the balance is not paid when due, the Company shall be at liberty to dispose of the accommodation to other parties, but the money hereby receipted for shall continue the property of the Company, unless it succeeds in reselling the berth or berths reserved.

All questions as to the rates are subject to our regular tariff in force at the time of issuance of this receipt.

When issuing ticket insert number here:          




Hamburg Passenger Lists

  • Name: William Steffen
  • Gender: männlich (Male)
  • Ethnicity/Nationality: USA (American)
  • Marital Status: verheiratet (Married)
  • Departure Age: 42
  • Birth Date: abt 1891
  • Residence Place: Berlin
  • Departure Date: 8. Jun 1933 (8 Jun 1933)
  • Departure Place: Hamburg, Deutschland (Germany)
  • Destination: New York City
  • Arrival Place: Southampton; Cherbourg; New York
  • Occupation: Kaufmann
  • Ship Name: Albert Ballin
  • Shipping Clerk: Hamburg-Amerika Linie (Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft)
  • Shipping Line: Hamburg-Amerika Linie (Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft)
  • Ship Type: Dampfschiff
  • Ship Flag: Deutschland
  • Accommodation: 1. Klasse
  • Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 415

Source Citation

Staatsarchiv Hamburg; Hamburg, Deutschland; Hamburger Passagierlisten; Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 415; Page: 1174; Microfilm No.: K_1999

Original data:

Staatsarchiv Hamburg (Hamburg State Archives), Bestand: 373-7 I, VIII (Auswanderungsamt I). Mikrofilmrollen K 1701 - K 2008, S 17363 - S 17383, 13116 - 13183.


This database contains passenger lists of ships that departed from the port of Hamburg, Germany from 1850-1934 (with a gap from 1915-1919 due to World War I). The database includes images of the passenger lists digitized from microfilm in partnership with the Hamburg State Archive, available here for the first time online. It also includes a complete index for the years 1850-1914 (up to the start of World War I) and 1920-1934.

Incoming Passenger Lists, UK and Ireland

Name: William Steffen Arrival Age: 43 Birth Date: abt 1891 Port of Departure: New York, New York, USA Arrival Date: 21 Jun 1934 Port of Arrival: Southampton, England Ports of Voyage: New York and Cherbourg Ship Name: Deutschland Shipping Line: Hamburg-American Line Official Number: Dhey

Source Citation

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists.; Class: BT26; Piece: 1054; Item: 28

Original data:

Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA). Series BT26, 1,472 pieces. Data imaged from the National Archives, London, England. The National Archives gives no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided. Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU.


This database is an index to the Board of Trade's passenger lists of ships arriving in the United Kingdom and Ireland from foreign ports outside of Europe and the Mediterranean from 1878-1888 and 1890-1960. Information listed on the passenger lists may include: name of passenger, their birth date or age, port of departure, port of arrival, date of arrival, and vessel name.

Relative Cost of Passage Ticket in Today's Currency Value

$143.00 x 3.5 (3 Adults + 1 Child) = $500.50 Total Fare

In 2020, the relative values of $500.50 from 1933 ranges from $8,140.00 to $183,000.00.

simple Purchasing Power Calculator would say the relative value is $9,990.00. This answer is obtained by multiplying $500.5 by the percentage increase in the CPI from 1933 to 2020.

This may not be the best answer.

The best measure of the relative value over time depends on if you are interested in comparing the cost or value of a Commodity, Income or Wealth, or a Project.

If you want to compare the value of a $500.50 Commodity in 1933 there are four choices. In 2020 the relative:

  • real price of that commodity is $9,990.00
  • real value in consumption of that commodity is $26,200.00
  • labor value of that commodity is $33,000.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $36,900.00 (using production worker compensation)
  • income value of that commodity is $69,600.00
  • economic share of that commodity is $183,000.00

If you want to compare the value of a $500.50 Income or Wealth, in 1933 there are five choices. In 2020 the relative:

  • real wage or real wealth value of that income or wealth is $9,990.00
  • household purchasing power value of that income or wealth is $26,200.00
  • relative labor earnings of that commodity are $33,000.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $36,900.00 (using production worker compensation)
  • relative income value of that income or wealth is $69,600.00
  • relative output value of that income or wealth is $183,000.00

If you want to compare the value of a $500.50 Project in 1933 there are four choices. In 2020 the relative:

  • real cost of that project is $8,140.00
  • household cost of that project is $26,200.00
  • labor cost of that project is $33,000.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $36,900.00 (using production worker compensation)
  • relative cost of that project is $69,600.00
  • economy cost of that project is $183,000.00

Source: Samuel H. Williamson, "Seven Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a U.S. Dollar Amount, 1790 to present," MeasuringWorth, 2022.

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