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French Line : France May 1973 1st class passenger list

There were 910 folks on board this voyage … 310 of them were first class and listed in this passenger list. Not a bad load number for the ship this late in her life.

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French Line : France May 1972 1st class passenger list

The FRANCE certainly was not packed … but there were a good number of Fist class passengers on this crossing. She would not be in service much longer for the French

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French Line : Liberte January 1952 1st class passenger list

First class passenger list for the lovely Liberte … This would have probably been a rough crossing … and certainly frigid. Rebuilt formt he German recordbreaker Europa Post WW2, she was never really pushed by the French for speed …only a few months later the SSUS raced accross the Atlantic and captured the speed record forever.

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French Line: SS France silver keychain

Great little key chain celebrating the last French flagship the SS France. The is in excellent shape .. includes the famous medallion image of the ship and the flip side her “busty” personification.

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French Line: SS France Longest, Largest and Finest ship afloat deckplan.

Labeled as the largest ..this plan certainly post dates the retirement of the QE 1 . Love the “tricolor” r/w/b color scheme. The plan is in excellent condition.

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French Line: SS France miniature deckplan.

Excellent deckplan for the last lovely French lady. This is a mini deck plan… in excellent shape … probably was never opened. Awesome cover funnel graphic.

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French Line: August 1959 sailing schedule

Excellent condition Aug 1959 sailing schedule for the French Line. the only 2 ships on the North Atlantic run were the Liberte and Flandre… the Ile had been retired and was on her way to Japan and immortality on screen in the Movie “The Last Voyage” .. The Last France was still at the builders yard.

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French Line: Les Oeuvres D’art du Paquebot France

Just one of the best “artwork found on board” done for any ship ever … of course it was for the beautiful SS France! This book is extensive and covers most of the art on the ship and includes plans where the works were located. Excellent shape .. though no dust jacket. Lovely color plates as well as some B/W photos.

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French Line: Flandre Introduction Brochure: Restocked!

The French were so proud of the Flandre and Antilles … their early brochures were just outstanding . This brochure of the Atlantic crosser Flandre.. and it is full of wonderful photos of the ships interiors. She was quite modern and had exceptional 50’s Art Deco/ Modern interiors. Thought she had embarrassing performance on her maiden crossing … she became a beloved little gal in the French Line Fleet. She was sold and chartered a few times later in life and finally burned in the early 1990’s. This brochure is in excellent condition … Gotta love the Marin Marie centerfold! ! stock photo

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French Line: Carnival in Trinidad Cruise 1966 Program Set.

ALL programs for the cruise are here in this 16 volume set! The first program covers the first 2 days of the cruise .. and the last printed program on March 2rd was the day before she arrived back in NYC. You just can’t beat this set of info telling of all the events on the wonderful cruise! The title block graphics are colorful and well done and the events are just astounding! All is excellent shape.. with a few minor wrinkles and bumps.

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French Line: SS France Embossed Dinner and Cocktail Invite from Captain Billebaud 1973

Lovely invite from the Captain Billebaud for dinner and later cocktails in the Dubussy lounge . Can you imaging being asked to have cocktails with the captain …what an honor! This is dated 1973 and is in excellent shape!

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French Line: SS France Embossed Cocktail Invite from Captain Nadal 1972

Lovely invite from the Captain Nadal for cocktails in the Monaco lounge . Can you imaging being asked to have cocktails with the captain …what an honor! this is dated 1972 and is in excellent shape!

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French Line: SS France Embossed Cocktail Invite

Lovely invite and envelope from the Captain and Purser for cocktails in the Monaco lounge . Can you imaging being asked to have cocktails with these 2 powerful men as the ship sped along the waves… how lovely! this comes with its original envelop .. in great condition! I believe this dates from 1973.

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French Line: SS France Embossed Cocktail Invite and Chambord Dining Ticket

Lovely invite from the Captain and Purser for cocktails in the Monaco lounge in 1973. Also Included is the dining ticket for the Chambord Dining room. These 2 items come in their original envelope .. in good condition!

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French Line: SS France May 1974 dinner menu.

Lovely dinner menu for the mighty SS France .. only a few months later she would be pulled out of service and laid up in the backwaters of Le Harve. She would sit in the back waters until 1979 when she was bought by NCL and started her life as the “biggest week in the world” cruising the Caribbean as the famed Norway. The menu has a lovely embossed profile of the ship and is in great condition!

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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: 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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