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French Line: SS France Art treasures onboard the France.

Lovely English printed list of art treasures onboard the ship. These are printed on a heavy paper folder (much line a menu) and the list covers many of the treasures you would find onboard in public spaces an suites. Wonderful item with minor scuffs to the cover.

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French Line: SS France Recipes onboard the France.

Wonderful little item .. a list of 3 chefs recipes of items served onboard. They are written in both English and French. There is also a page showing chief chef Henri Le Huede and the last page has wine suggestions. This is a really neat printed piece inserted into the lovely heavy paper printer folder marked ” Recettes de France” .. very good condition with a few little folds. The cover art is graphically awesome.

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French Line: SS Liberte Light Blue Souvenir hat ribbon

Lovely embroidered hat ribbon for the Liberte. She was the post war flagship for the French… given to the French Line a sort of a consolation prize fro the lost of the exquisite Normandie .. she had been the German Europa. She was rebuilt and her interiors certainly took on a French deco feel… even some of the Normandie’s Artwork was reused onboard. Just a lovely ribbon in great condition!

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French Line: SS France Red Souvenir hat ribbon

Cool Red ribbon souvenir ribbon for the SS France. These were popular items always available for purchase , but also at times given to passengers for special awards and or events. These were available in a wide range of colors .. this one is Red and in pristine condition!

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French Line: Normandie Charity Program June 1935

rare and cool charity program form the Normandie for June 25th 1935. This would have been on one of her first voyages. The entertainment took place in the Grand Salon (WOW) and a collection was taken up to benefit the French and American seamen’s funds. Comedian Vic Oliver was the master of ceremonies for the evening … events include singers, dancers, magic and other acts. The program which includes a cover and an insert is in great shape with maybe a slight little wrinkle to it .. though I will store it flat and I am sure it can be pressed. Rare indeed!

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French Line: Normandie Menu June 1935

A very early menus from the Normandie … form the June date probably her 2nd or 3rd voyage. Of course on the flag ship of the French Line.. the culinary delights were almost limitless! This is a very early menu and it have a few areas of discoloration that could have been from wine served at the diner table in that magnificent dining room… which in my humble opinion was one of the most spectacular sea going rooms ever created. Lovely French maiden on the cover .. rare and cool!

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The French Line: SS France 1974 ATW The Ultimate Odyssey Souvenir Tray

Great smoked heavy glass tray for the SS France’s Ultimate Odyssey ATW cruise January to April of 1974. This was her last BIG cruise as the SS France .. and she ended her service with a crew strike in the waters of Le Harve harbor about 5 months later in September. She was mothballed in the back waters of Le Harve until Knut purchased her to become the NCL SS Norway.

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French Line: Flandre mini tissue deckplan.

Great smaller onionskin tissue deck plan for the intermediate sized Flandre. She had beautiful 50’s modern French deco … and was a favorite of mine. Once sold by the French, she had several gigs… but burned when owned by Epirotiki as the Pallas Athena. Lovely little mini deckplan!

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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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French Line: Flandre Tourist class deckplan.

Excellent Tourist Class plan from 1955. The plan includes pictures of TC public rooms and cabin spaces. The ceiling lights of the TC dining room were of course fluorescent lights shrouded in Lalique frosted glass … and the smoking room is pictured showing her artwork screens and the marvelous leaf wrapped table bases. This French gal was a favorite of mine … I am sure this plan will find a happy home!

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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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NCL: Norway double set of playing cards

Excellent dual set of playing cards from the biggest ship in the Caribbean .. and for many years, the longest ship ever! She started at CGT’s France , and of course ended her days as NCL’s Norway. These cards are still wrapped and sport her first NCL color scheme. Folks around the world cried when she went to the breakers at Alang.  Mint condition!

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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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French Line: SS France Shield Baggage sticker. Restocked

Lovely pristine shield shaped baggage sticker for the French Lines last flagship. Always have loved this graphic .. with the ship sailing across the tricolor … gold lettering above and below! Excellent!

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NCL: Large postcard for the Norway

Large PC for the Norway in excellent condition from 1998 .. she only had a little service time left on the open seas before a boiler explosion sent her to Alang (via a long layup in Bremerhaven). God love her … she was the flagship and namesake for 2 nations!

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French Line: SS Paris Original Interior Architectural Terrace Vestibule Rendering

Another totally amazing design rendering done for the SS Paris. The rendering itself is done in pencil and ink showing a detailed elevation and section study of a wall niche for a Vestibule Terrace . These renderings would have been part of the designers concept portfolio for the proposed work onboard. I know I have seen this same rendering shown in print someplace … but alas I can’t remember. It is not in Rene Vian’s masterwork book: Arts Decroatifs A Bord des Paquebots Francais … like the other rendering I am offering for sale. The Paris herself was remodeled a few different times from her Beaux Arts and Nouveau beginnings into more of an Art Deco lady … most of the major changes happened after her first big fire in 1929. A pretty rare “one of a kind” elegant item.

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French Line: SS Paris Original Interior Architectural Grand Salon Rendering

This item is totally amazing …. A wonderful interior design rendering for the SS Paris. The rendering itself is drawn in ink and gauche and shows a detailed elevations/section/plan study of a column w/ shelf design that for the Grand Salon. These renderings would have been part of the designers concept portfolio for the proposed work that was presented to the French Line. Another rendering in this exact same series was shown in Rene Vian’s masterwork book: Arts Decroatifs A Bord des Paquebots Francais (page 58). It is in beautiful condition, and would be just stunning framed. Certainly rare to find something like this that has provenance in a MAJOR and exceptionally well done publication. I can include a copy of page 58 if you like.

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French Line: SS France Turbine parts plaque

This is a one of a kind item for the glorious SS France …. A wonderful mounted display of several of her original Pehoet built HP and LP turbine parts. I bought this from a France collector several years ago .. and was told it was assembled from parts that were available from her 2 unused forward engines in her days as the ss Norway. The parts are all mounted “Gene Darcy Style” on a walnut (?) plaque and have descriptions underneath each part telling it’s provenance. VERY Unique!!!! The France /Norway/ Blue Lady met her fate on the beaches of Alang.

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French Line/ NCL: SS Norway James flood drawing relisted and repriced

Nice early framed print of the Norway done by marine artist James Flood. Certainly done before the suites were added topside … and the ship’s good “French” looks and superb lines were a bit compromised. The Norway arrived at Alang named “Blue Lady” and was cut up for scrap metal to fuel India’s growing economy. The print is in great shape .. a few nicks to the frame. *** shipping calculator may not be correct, I should quote***

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French Line: Normandie Sebille agency print.

GRAND agency print the for French line Normandie by Sebille. Nothing the French did for the Normandie was ever “modest” … this Agency print is no exception. The ship is powerfully racing along the high seas … cutting through huge waves like a hunting knife through warm butter. Sebille did many marine paintings for the French line … I just love his Ile de France interwar print. The nice little brass Nameplate under the ship .. it appears a French Line nameplate may have hung at the top of the frame at one point. The frame has the typical scratches n such. ***shiping calculator may not be correct ..I amy need to quote shipping***

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French Line: Liberte Final farewell press photo

Lovely press photo of the Liberte being escorted out of NY harbor for the final time. Rumors swirled that she would go to Seattle to be a hotel ship … but she ended her days at La Spezia.

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French Line: Flandre souvenir medal:

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.

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French Line: Normandie 1939 Rio Cruise Menu

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!

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NCL: Norway at Le Harve 1996 Photo

It was a very special occasion with momentous celebration when the Norway visits Le Havre in 1996… this was her first time in her old home port since 1979. The French never wanted to give her up in the first place… but the Norwegians certainly gave her a long extended life as the Norway. … and always used the prestige of her storied past in their brochures. This is an original panoramic photo…artist signed.

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