This is such a great little trade publication done in the 1930’s for the shipping industry. There is a lovely Empress of Britain night time photo of the ship all lighted up by floodlights, a great Great Eastern article as well as an overview article on French shipping (Normandie is pictured twice… as well as the Chella and Marechal Joffre).
A favored souvenir item for all French lines ships were these commemorative medallions… the onboard gift shops were loaded with them! The casting details on this one is just marvelous, one side is the liner Flandre in profile, the other side is “Flandre” as a personified female figure. This one is in great shape … just no longer has the round “pillbox” container it would have come in when purchased. Just found this one in a drawer this past week.
Lovely little room/ deck plan for the last Matson passenger sisters. Love the little “Hawaiian” details in the room pictures …from the Theater tiki Lights to the fresh Amaryllis flowers in the cabin vases. These would have been darling little ships to travel on!
Other than her Maiden voyage … the Rio Cruise of the Normandie was probably her most interesting and publicized voyage. This is a huge chapel “knight” oversized menu from Washington’s birthday Feb 22nd 1939. There were not many months of peacetime left in the world at this point…WW2 was looming on the horizon. I am sure all that seems distant to most of the folks onboard as they celebrated and enjoyed certainly one of the best designed liners of all time. There is a little fading/discoloration noted to the edge of this menu. Full of delicious eats! Should be pressed flat in a book … does have a little wave to it .. but still rare and lovely!
Just lovely cruise plan for the Rotterdam. The covers and pages are stiff like they were just printed. The plan covers the areas used for cruising … and has lovely pictures and isometrics of cabins. You can’t beat these! Date from 1968 and have an agency stamp! restocked!
This elegant little 1926 menu dates long before she would have joind the KDF fleet. The menu is in German and English … the passenger must have been English … as they have checked items on that site of the offering. I would have had the potato pancake with mashed apples for sure! YUMMY!
Cute little invite card to join Captain Switzer in the Independence Lounge for cocktails. I wonder if Dr.amd Mrs Urbanwez went? I’m sure the champagne was free flowing!
3 menus from a voyage over New Years in 1961 and Fred Fender was in charge. The dinner menus dates from Jan 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Full of lovely delicious items … I’d be even chunkier than now for sure. Great shape with a coulple of small spots from use and storage. Not bad for being almsot 51 years old.
Nice little sheet and envelope from any member of the HAPAG fleet. It has yellowed with age.. and have a few spots … but still entirely useable!
Lovely little brochure for the German companions. The Bremen was basically the pre WW2 French liner Pasteur rebuilt from the hull up …. and the Europa was the postwar SAL Kungsholm with a few tweaks including new wallpaper and paint. Full of great full page photos, this is a great little reference items for the ships.
Perfect heavy glass ashtray for the Matson lines … these would not roll around too much during high seas. The BIG Matson white hulled passenger liners were popular in the late 20’s through the 60’s. This is probably early 60’s mentions 4 ships Lurline, Mariposa, Matsonia and Monterey. Today, Matson lines concentrates on just container cargos and has no passenger operations. Mint: no chips or cracks!
Oh to have been a child aboard the Big U … the whole ship certainly would have been a playground … but the children in all classes were pampered even further with their own playrooms! This is a lovely chair from the sports deck FC playroom. The “vinyl” blue seating upholstery is in excellent shape (one little seam seperation on a top corner) . .. and the red frame shows a few scratches and dingys: Overall it is a GEM! *** Shipping calculator probably will not be accurate for this item .. I will need to quote manually*** Please help save the SS United States, visit www.savetheunitedstates.org.
PS: If any one has images and photo’s of this particular playroom … I’d love to see them.
Oh to have traveled on any one of these ships would have been amazing … even in tourist class! Of course the QM would have been my first choice … followed quickly by a tie between the lovely WSL sisters Britannic and Georgic (though she was under austerity service at this point). All of the ships would have been fun! Nice B/W photos of the various TC accommodations … an excellent visual resource!
Can’t beat this floaty mechanical pencil for the Monterey … the little ship just bubbles up and down as you write. She and her sister were the last passenger liners for Matson … who to this day only concentrates on cargo. You’ll need to buy some lead! Stamped SS Monterey!
Lovely early gray heavy silk or rayon scarf for the Home lines … that mentions their 3 ships Italia/ Homeric/ Queen Frederica. The names of these vessels circle the Caribbean islands (with working natives) they would have cruised around for there early 50’s schedules. Really good shape, it probably needs its new owner to take it on a trip to the drycleaners!
I have to admit, I am not a tableware collector … but I do like the greystar china that was designed for the USL ships. These are nice oval bowls … used to serve smaller side dishes. Since they are stamped Lamberton … they date from the 1960’s (Mayer china dates from the maiden voyage and through the 50’s). Excellent condition!
Cute brochure describing routes, rate and information on the CP Yukon runs. The delicious part of these brochures are the tissue deckplan for all 3 ships that are folded up inside. Certainly small ships .. they have their niche in the Large and extensive CP travel system. One flaw: the back cover is missing about 1.5″ inch of the lower corner.
Nice no frills passenger list for a 1966 Bermuda cruise. Printed on off-white stock … it list’s the folks that would have been onboard. A cute “plain Jane” little bugger!
A nice president Cleveland menu with cover art designed by artist Don Crowley. Delicious assortment of food items would have greeted passengers for this meal … mmm, mmm good! Grab it … it is in excellent shape!
Nice little deckplan for the Olympia with about 25 great little onboard vibrant color pictures. The Greeks were certainly proud of this little ship … rare for them to have a newly built liner … so adept were they at recycling older ships into new roles and lives. This is printed on heavier stock and the white parts have aged and yellowed a little. One very small 1/4″ tear on a seamline.
Cunard Line and Hapag! Berengaria/ Imperator Dining room chair without arms #1: This item has been sold
The mighty Imperator was the debut member of Albert Ballin’s ultra- luxuriant Big Three: Imperator, Valterland and Bismarck. She spent most of WW1 laid up in the River Elbe and came under Allied control at the end of the hostilities. She would eventually go to Great Britain as sort of a “consolation prize” for the loss of the Lusitania … becoming Cunard’s Berengaria. Super lucky for us, most of her original German furniture was kept onboard throughout the war years and then refurbished by Cunard for peacetime service. These first class dining room chairs have wonderful carved details on the wooden elements, legs and back structure … elegant blooming Roses and egg and dart-like frieze are featured in the carved details. The very top of the back is flattened … where the ivory carved seat number was once located during her years at sea (now long removed). A prior owner had the chairs refurbished sometime in the past 20 years or so: the upholstery, springs and seat undercover have all been replaced. The current velvety upholstery is very reminiscent of the original in both color, design and I’m guessing texture .. the Germans loved ornate floral brocade like velvets! Certainly some bumps and scratches from use. The only other flaw is this is missing the lacey trim around the front of the seat back. I’m happy to answer any questions.**** Shipping calculator will not be accurate for this item, I will need to quote shipping specifically ****
Pristine Art Onboard Mimeo for the SSUS. I found a locker full of these babies when I was onboard in 1991 … and a few of them are now available here on GLL. I was so lucky at 21 and 22 to be able to roam the Big U’s innards and explore her glory. I will never forget those lucky summer days! These 5 page mimeos cover most of the art onboard the SSUS … and are in great shape. The dehumidification units installed by MARAD were chugging when I was onboard … and they did their job well.
Oh my … here is a rare one! A paper breakfast menu from the 2 day of the Big U’s trial trip sponsored by NNSBDD. All sorts of folks (certainly mostly men) were aboard running the ship through the paces of the Virginia coast. Based on her outstanding performance, Gibb’s would have had a smile on his face the entire time. Nice shape … certainly rare… and probably best shown framed. Please help save the SS United States, visit www.savetheunitedstates.org.
Another item I was allowed to have on my last visit to the SSUS in the summer of 1991 were these Pursers cards. I remember finding them stacked neatly in a file drawer in the pursers office … while the floor of the office was covered with multitudes of other paper products. These cards were used to communicate with passengers for things like landing arrangements, radoitelephone account , and other daily requirements. Looks like these were printed in August of 1969 … close to the end! Please help save the SS United States, visit www.savetheunitedstates.org.
Sweet sparkling tea caddy for the Himalaya. She was a post war liner for P&O build (as strong and sturdy as her namesake moutain range) by Vickers Armstrong. I love the developing design of these liners .. as the bridge was pulled back toward the funnel. Nice caddy with enameled flag crest and name. Great for tea time!