Very nice early publication brochure for the post WW1 “USL” fleet … though owned by the government at the time (technically USL was not founded at the time). The heavy stock textured covers encase HUGE full page photos of the ships and their interiors … with special attention to the Leviathan of course! Certainly mentions America / George Washington /Republic and some of the various converted President 535 ships. Lovely cover design … there is a little cover scuffing and some minor edge wear.
Interesting set of Plastic model Instructions that would have come with A Pyro plastics model kit. I sure wish I had the model … the assembly instructions show up on both sides and are graphically interesting!
MIB double deck of card (one red / starboard and one green/ Port) set of card still sealed in plastic. Great plastic black box case with gold AE symbol on the top. Excellent condition
Covers the Indy. Connie, Atlantic, The Aces and some cargo liners for AE … Pretty succinct Excellent condition and graphically well done.
Lovely simple glass ashtray form a grace Line steamer. Grace is printed in Green on the bottom of the clear glass tray. Excellent shape!
Great Voyage issue (#16) that covers many things like Titanic news, J treasure Jones passing as well as a great article on the Grace’s last Santa Rosa and Paula. Great shape and fill of maritime great info!
Great little bar of Ivory soap from a Grace Line ship. great little item …stills smells fresh as the day it was made! There are a few rust stains to the paper wrapper
The bulk of this wonderful little foldout is dedicated for the first 3 American passenger ships to hit the water after WW2. Designed by George Sharp, they had very modern profiles and lovely geometric layouts. The cabins were quite spacious! there is also a little info on the lines other freighter/ passenger services and then rate info for ALL services. Grand little liners indeed! excellent condition.
The thrifty Chapman interests that owned the USL at this time combined breakfast and lunch menus for these meals in August 1929. These selections sound tastee… but certainly would not rival what was offered to those in First class. Though some warnings were being issued for stock market investors at this time … the great crash was still about 2 months away from the time this menu was printed. Interesting trident and USL houseflag detailing. Good condition with yellowing and some edge bumps.
Lovely foldout, issued in March 1965 this is in great shape. pretty ocean blue there are a few ship picture inside with all the rate info … also nice little description of the 2 sisters.
Excellent rates and sailings folder for the lovely Lurline. She was rebuilt after the war and upon leaving the Matson fleet she went to Chandris. Excellent condition Love the purple cover.
Double set of playing cards the last Grace Line twins. Gibb’s designed, they were the last passenger ships built at Newport News. The cards are very lightly used and in great shape ..all there in a heavy plastic case.
2 solid brass crew buttons from the Grace Line. These could use a good shining and seem to be in great shape with a little tarnish.
Great issue of SSB, the journal of the Steamship Historical Society of America. 130 glorious pages of steamship news and articles …. the feature being a 9 page article celebrating the long life of Gibbs’ Malolo, which had been sold for Scrap in May of 1977. Very interesting read, just wonderful!
Great little set of cards for the SSUS includes: a First Class Berthing card, Landing Card for Cannes, Travel Office Card and Cruise Berthing Card. Unused condition … plan your voyage today!
A single sheet of folded SS Independence paper. In good folded condition ready for your next shippie letter.
A great late from a Grace Line ship… Gold trimmed and sporting the Grace Line Flag. This defintely shows signs of onboard use … but in over all good condition No chicps or cracks.
The one and only commercial Neuclear powere ship .. the NS Savannah. Frank Braynard suggested the name for the ship to honor the first steam powed vessel to cross the ocean the SS Savannah of 1819 .. who was alos American. The “Atoms for Peace” ship was never really profitable… but she did demonstrate a Nuclear ship could be built, clean and functional, She can be toured today in Baltimore harbor when she is maintained. The cards did come from Frank’s VAST collection .. he had stacks! great condition and unused.
Lovely deckplan for the Roosevelt. Not sure why it is marked preliminary … certain was printed later in her APL career. Lovely picture of the lady passing under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Excellent deck plan for the inaugural year of service for the ss Atlantic .. which joined American Export after her one class services with American Banner Line flopped. She said on for many, many years as the university ship the SS Universe. The plan is in great shape . stock photo
Probably the best brochure for the great SS Leviathan … this one is chock full of interior photos … all showing the gleaming reconditioned interiors. Gibbs spared no expense in reconditioning the ship to be the best ocean liner in service. The ornate cover is embellished with golden highlights. Lovely profile of the ship … and interesting glowing and descriptive text. Interestingly, Gibbs for sure would have been involved in the brochure’s design … he was watchful over all details.
Excellent Brass and Marble trophy for the Santa Mercedes .. in pristine shape with original box. Built for Grace and sold to Delta when Grace gave up on passenger service. The ships were built without traditional funnels .. and their funnels were added later in life for pretty much aesthetic reasons. The green box has a hole in the top where the funnel has slightly punctured it.
Excellent Brass and Marble trophy for the Santa Mercedes .. in pristine shape with original box. Built for Grace and sold to Delta when Grace gave up on passenger service. The ships were built without traditional funnels .. and their funnels were added later in life for pretty much aesthetic reasons. The green box is in excellent shape.
The great American fleet to the Mediterranean … the 4 prewar aces of American export … for Yankee cruises deluxe to the Mediterranean. Lovely little ships .. these are super enormous fold out deck plans with large Photos of interiors . The isometric deckplans and drawing are just outstanding … and these are some of the largest folding plans ever done! There is some edge ware and separation at the seam folds … but in good condition for the age. A little cello tape repair too … racy Clipper ship on the cover!
These 4 little ladies were the work horses of the AE fleet … and carried passengers and freight. Lovely booklet type deckplan … I love the design! These little ladies went on to have long lives for various owners.