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
Ocean Liner flash cards: Nice little set of cards for ocean lienr and cruise ships of the 70’s and 80’s. Amaze your ocean liner friends with the trivia facts and figures! These are opened and in great shape.