Good old “Slap in on a plaque and sell it’ Gene Darcy… He made a fortune selling items salvaged from the great liners in the late 60’s and early 70’s. While a good portion of his merchandise was authentic … some was not, and collectors today always have to be wary. Great little brochure about him and the items he sold from his traveling ship show. Also comes with an unused Story of the Queens envelope.
Probably Bill’s best Dover work ever … His First pictorial on the Great Ocean liners. This book has a special spot in my Library … it was the first book I bought as I was discovering important liners other than the Titanic and Lusitania. This book introduced me to the CPR Empress Of Britain, Leviathan as well as the President Hoover. Just a very good book over all … Bill’s best Dover book. Crammed full of wonderful photos … many and most from the FOB collection! Excellent reference book.
Lovely magazine for the Port Of NY .. covering all sorts of service and amenities. There of course is a section on Liners and Cruise ships .. which were in their last real LLR Hurrah at the time. The cover sports a Lovely photo Venture Cruise Lines Sea Venture… one of the later day Princess Love Boats. Excellent condition and full of information you will not find elsewhere.
A Later Dover creation from Bill Miller… this one dedicated to American Passenger ships. From the early St Louis and others .. to the Mighty SSUS this book is full of wonderful photos. Bill sure has the monopoly on these types of books and these are great quick informative references. Love the RWB cover .. excellent like new condition.
Another one of Bill’s many photographic archives of Liners… This one dedicated to their stunning interiors.
Who couldn’t love the lavish deco lounges on the Mary or Normandie or the quiet Americanized interiors of the Manhattan/Washington.
The 20’s Italian Palazzos are shown … which post WW2 became Pulitzer moderne. The book is stuffed full of these photographs, many used form the FOB collection. You can’t beat this as a reference guide…excellent condition.
Billy’s second Dover liner book .. and one of his best. This one covers the Liner fleet from the famous German 4 Funnel racers right up to 1927 jest before the Ile de France. The photos references here are wonderful ..most coming from the FOB collection that Bill used over and over again in his works. This is another one of those must have quick references.. excellent like new condition.
Buddy Peter Knego is no stranger to any shred of information involving Ocean Liners and related endeavors .. and his first Indian scrapyard adventure DVD “On The Road to Alang” covers his series of journeys to Alang to document the glut of older tonnage that was retired in the early 2000’s. The video footage covers many ships recognized from their days of crossing or cruising: Empress of Canada, Ivernia/ Franconia, Transvaal Castle, Winston Churchill and Stella Solaris just to name a few. These trips also served as rescue missions for Artwork, Furniture, Fittings and other memorabilia from these retried ladies … with rare scenes of the trader’s yards. A topic that is rarely covered, PK gives poetic tribute to these lovely ladies as they disappear before our eyes into bits and pieces … all to fuel the Indian economy and provide needed work for the local workers. Sealed and Brand New!
Nice earlier issue of SSB … my favorite maritime publication. This issue has great mini articles about travel on the North Atlantic in the 1870’s and well as the North and South American using the new locks of the completed Saint Lawrence Seaway. Also full of news tidbit from around the globe. Great condition!
Super issue of SBB … lovely main feature for the Cunard Countess and Mississippi Queen. My Favorite Maritime publication … by far … these issues are chock a block full of info! Like new condition!
Volume One of Kludas’ amazing book series on Passenger Ships. A delightful man, Arnold Kludas is known as Germany’s equivalent to the American pioneer Frank Braynard. The book contains excellent encyclopedia-like info for Ocean Liners from the way ahead of her time Great Eastern through the sinking of the mighty Titanic. A must have for any enthusiast .
4 lovely postcards of the QM … once she had arrived and became the Tourist Attraction for Long Beach. @ of the card even cover the Spruce Goose… which was Howard Hughs enormous wood plane designed for use in WW2 … he flew her only once after the war ended. The Goosey was moved to Oregon to another museum about 5 years or so ago. The cards are in great shape.
Nice crystal clear glass mug for the lovely Westerdam. The ship is outlines in gold and black and the cup is made from molded lobes of heavy glass. Certainly an onboard purchase as a memento or gift.
Nice a souvenir mug from the SP. This rich dark blue ceramic mug has the ship outlined in gold and includes her vital statistics. Certainly a gift ship purchase, from a descendent ship of the “Love Boat Line”.
Nice souvenir mug for the US Navy attack cargo vessel USS Washburn. The Washburn was built at the very end of WW2 and saw service in the Korean conflict and Vietnam. She was sold for scrapping in the early 70’s.
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.
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.
This could be a crafty homemade item … a near shiny shellacked plaque for the Hotel Queen Mary. Has a nice had written thanks you on the back … a gift for someone’s uncle.The Hotel QM is at least still open today … though with having so many different owners … she is in need of some unifying renovations and restoration. I’m glad to hear a lot of good restoration work has been happening lately in her Observation bar! God save the Queen!
2 cute little boxes from a Hotel Queen Mary giftshop. One of these has the decal printed backwards … someone was not watching the assembly line that day! Some folks bemoan the QM’s current condition … but I say at least she is still with us and open for business! She is a BIG gal to constantly maintain .. I think her newest “owners” are trying!
The nostalgic ocean liner period in the late 70’s was responsible for a few different new “liner” related items to hit the market. Premiere classe chinaware was one of these nostalgic products. I have seen PC patterns for Titanic, QE1, QM1, Normandie and Ile de France. This Titanic plate is in great condition!
Nice shell shaped “Bridge Between 2 Nations” dish. A typical souvenir from a hotel Queen Mary gift shop! Tens of thousands of this type of things are out there … dish sets, salt n pepper shakers, hotpads and salad tongs … anything that could have a QM image printed on it was sold onboard to the tourist crowd.
These re always fun to read and insightful. Filled with good little tids and bits for the maritime world for September 1959.
Nice QM commerative coin … probably from a Long Beach onboard gift shop. Very darling blue velvet case.
A fun item from Gene Darcy and his “Stoires of the Queens” traveling store. Darcy bought all sorts of items from scrapped ships … and the made plaques, lamps, bookends at the like. He also offered items that were not authentic .. but this faucet is certainly not one of those items. Many of the cabins and loos aboard QM still have these as working faucets today! I know a guy in Texas that has 100s of these things … I firmly believe he is trying to reassemble each ship bit by bit!
Here is an interesting reproduction matchholder showing the Aquitania. I am not sure where this little baby came from … but probably was bought onboard a “Hotel Queen Mary” gift shop. Cute little gal!
Ken Schultz Catalogue: A nice catalogue filled with merchandise for June 88. Ken credited himself with “starting” the Ocean Liner memorabilia business … and never, ever let anyone forget it! He usually bought some movie star’s knickers with his HUGE profits. None the less, his booklets are a fantastic reference for todays collectors. Funny toupee stories are still in active circulation at ocean liner events to this day