Shopping The Lines

Holland American Line: Cordial class

Nice little crystal cordial glass from one of the HAL ships like the Statendam or Rotterdam. Lovely inscribed HAL “Nieuw Amsterdam” logo on the belly of the glass … would be a great add to your Cordial collection. Excellent shape.

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NCL: Starward Ashtray

Lovey ashtray from the Starward. These would have been easy free souvenirs for passengers … and also probably available in the gift shop. The Starward was one of the four little NCL ships that did so well … Knut was looking for added capacity and decided to purchase the SS France and restyle her as the SS Norway!  A Great little ashtray in perfect shape.

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Sitmar Line: Onboard and unofficial souvenir Ashtray

Lovey ashtray from one of the  lovely Sitmar “V” ships. These would have been easy free souvenirs for passengers … and also probably available in the gift shop. A nice additional to any collection.

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Ocean Liner: Speed Style Symbol Cooper Hewitt Museum exhibition catalogue.

The 1980 or so exhibition catalogue that was put on at the Smithsonian’s CH Museum in New York. The text here is pretty concise and insightful  … and the pictures are good too. The centerfold is a reproduced famous lavish cut away of the Normandie. A very nice piece from a superb exhibition. In excellent shape and condition.

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NDL: Europa official NDL photograph

Stunning official NDL photograph of the racer Europa. The back contains statistical typed info in German and English … as well as some handwritten German text. The Europa was almost destroyed while under construction by fire , but hre germans rebuilt her. She briefly held the speed record.  The photo is approx. 7×7. The Image is crisp sharp and in wonderful condition.

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Cunard Line: Queen Mary First Class Smoking Room Rubbish bin. MB/UK

Here is an original item for the QM that you sure do not see every day: A First  Class Smoking Room Rubbish Bin!  If you are familiar with the overall design and furnishings of this room , you will note that these rubbish bins purposefully mimic the design of the smaller occasional tables … right down to the details of the overlapping panel work. Build of strong sturdy oak and veneered with English sycamore (I believe)… these were of super high quality construction and materials. The veneering work does needs some restoration (I have shown the side that needs the most attention in the picture) … but this will be a stunning item once refinished .. and something you won’t see in many collections. Unbelievably, the bin even includes the metal liner insert … and it is in great shape. Like almost all QM items, the ship room location is stenciled onto the bottom. A wonderful rare opportunity! ***Shipping calculator may not be accurate, shipping may have to be quoted… it is heavy!

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Adriatica Line: Ausonia deckplan 1967

A gem of a color coded tissue deck plan for the little Italian gal! She sure was a good looking little lady … and chock full of lovely Italian art. My favorite item being the Luzatti stairway panels my buddy peter saved and has for sale on www.midshipcentury.com. She like so many others …ender her career at Alang. The plan is in good shape … but does have some extra wrinkles around the fold lines (probably was folded incorrectly at some point).

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American President Lines: President’s Cleveland and Wilson deckplan 1960

Somewhat rare for me to find APL items … so I am happy to have found this and offer it here!. This is a great plan for both ships that includes onboard pictures. There are a few added wrinkles along the fold lines … probably was folded incorrectly at some point. These 2 sisters were sturdy WW2 designed tonnage that was reworked into passenger service.

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Matson Line: SS Matsonia Deckplan for 1956

Superb little DP for the Matsonia liner printed on heavy tissue.  Love the LANAI suite’s on these ships … almost like todays vessels with their private balconies. Matson always kept the White ships hulls pristine .. I bet the painting went on almost around the clock.

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French Line: SS France miniature deckplan 1967.

The France would have been on the Atlantic 5 years when this fine DP was printed.  The glossy stock is nice and the text is in both French and English. And there is a Walnut Creek, CA travel agency stamp. The DP is in great shape!

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Italian line: Mike and Ralph deckplan 1973 MM17

A very nice DP for the Mike and Ralph … and certainly close to the end of their Italian Line career. Both ships went to Iran to be used as barracks .. and were destroyed from abandonment, abuse and finally enemy missile fire. Love comparing DP’s year to year to see the changes that took place.  The plan is in great as new condition.

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Lauro Line: Roma tissue deckplan dated 1953

Nice darling colored tissue deck plan for Lauro’s little Roma. She began life as a WW2 C3 type freighter built in Seattle, and she was purchased by Lauro after the hostilities and rebuilt into their little passenger and cruise ship Roma. She had simple but tasteful Italian interiors and was a popular vessel for the Lauro line. The little deck plan is in great shape with a few folding wrinkles.

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Cunard Line: Cunard Adventurer souvenir plate

Excellent souvenir portrait plate for the Adventurer! She and her Ambassador sister ship where early 70’s adds to the Cunard fleet …when it seemed that smaller more intimate ships in the 650 foot range were the economic “sweet spot” for cruise ships. That trend sure does not ring true today in the era of the Mega box 4000 passenger plus giants that are floating around. The broadside portrait of the ship is lovely…with her “E2”esque funnel. The plate is in as new condition.

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French Line: SS Paris Grand staircase interior framed photograph.

Really cool interior photograph of the Grand Stairway/ embarkation hall of the lovely SS Paris. This room as shown was the later remodeled version, which was more Art deco is flavor and furnishings.  The poor Paris had a few different fires … and Her career was ended by an enormous blaze before WW2 erupted. The gold n silver painted wooden frame has a few nicks and scrapes … but it is a wonderful and unique item! Pretty sure this is a modern print that had been framed … framing dated in1998.

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Flagship cruises: Elite Padded playing card set

Just outstanding playing card set up  … probably from either the Sea or Island Venture. The padded cae has the flagship logo on the front stamped in gold.. and the inside is a card players dream ..2 sets of cards, notepad, pen, scorepad and Drink coasters! Ready and waitng for your poker or other game playing pleasure! Mint mint mint!
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Georgian Bay Line: SS South American writing paper sheet

One single sheet of writing paper from onboard the glorious and favorite SS South American. Oh .. the lost and romantic art of writing letters! The South was the newer of the 2 sisters … and was almost completely rebuild after a huge fire gutted her in the mid 20’s. The sheet is In great shape .. though it needs to be pressed to clean up minor edge bumps.
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Georgian Bay Line: SS South American writing paper and envelope

 Two great little writing sheets and one envelope from onboard the SS South American. These South spent the better part of the 20th century cruising the great lakes before being retired in the mid 60’s. Oh .. the lost and romantic art of writing letters! In good shape .. though need to be pressed to clean up the minor edge bumps.

 

 

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The French Line: Liberte Menu and Souvenir Hat Ribbon

Commandant Jean Comilia was in charge of the mighty Liberte when a creative passenger wrapped their souvenir hat ribbon around this dinner menu. The red hat ribbon could have been a gala night gift, or a purchase from the onboard gift shop. Both the menu and ribbon are in great shape. From December 1957.
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The French Line: Liberte Menu and Souvenir Hat Ribbon

Great little December 1957 dinner menu a creative passenger wrapped a hat ribbon around years and years ago. The back side of the menu was signed fellow passenger. The black hat ribbon could have been a gala night gift, or a purchase from the onboard gift shop.
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Cunard Line: Queen Elizabeth Silver Souvenir Spoon:

Directly from the ship’s gift shop, comes this lovely silver souvenir spoon. Cunard’s lion crest and the Queens crown rest in an area of bright red enamel, while the “RMS Queen Elizabeth” rests on a bed of deep blue. The spoon is in excellent condition.

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Cunard Line: QE2 “Ships Have Been Boring Long Enough” Pre maiden brochure. Repriced

A nice copy of the famous brochure completed for the new QE2. This contains 31 pages of introductory info about all aspects of the ship including her maiden voyage and initial cruise schedule. There is a lovely cut away of the vessel and a great profile too. Lots of tids and bits of trivia about the ship … like the funnel design, mast, propellers etc etc. 2 pages are dedicated to “ship shapes” and different design elements of the ship .. Love the pictures of Snowflake china! The cover has some scuffs and age spots but the brochure is overall great condition and is a must have for the QE2 lover.

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Cunard Line: Small Queen Mary Lot

3 Queen Mary items from a 1958 voyage once owned by Jim Meinershagen’s mother. Could the name be anymore German? First is the turner portrait postcard, signed by Jim’s mother .. and postmarked in NYC May 6th 1958.The second item is a horse racing card … looks like there 4 races scheduled. Lastly is nice general information booklet (staples are rusty)… the landlubbers guide to ship speak =). 3 cute little items!

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Cunard line: Queen Elizabeth Dixon postcard

Lovely Arthur Dixon posted card for the Lizzie. Dixon was quite famous for his photography and scores of his famous images were made into postcards. Tens of thousands of these were printed and sold. This one is in almost perfect shape!

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Cunard Line: Onboard Cunard Shopping List

Great 2 part printed “shopping list”, the first part covers all general items available: the second part describes items available on specific ships. Interestingly, Tri-ang toys and ship models were offered on the Mary, and not the other ships. You could buy china an glassware on the Caronia, but interestingly not perfume ..seems odd! No date, but from the graphics and the Ford Consul shown in the adverts.. I’d date this to the late 50’s or early 60’s.

 

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Cunard Line: Passage rate folder 1950

PR folder released August 15th 1950. Cunard’s “A fleet” sure would have been raking in the post war cash and probably sailing close to capacity where this was printed. The Samaria had been downgraded to one class service and the folder also covers Donaldson Atlantic Lines one class ships: SS Laurentia and SS Lismoria. Great shape and informative!

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