Superb little DP for the Matsonia liner printed on heavy tissue. Love the LANAI suite’s on these ships … almost like todays vessels with their private balconies. Matson always kept the White ships hulls pristine .. I bet the painting went on almost around the clock.
Lovely seafoam and teal “V” First Class baggage sticker for the Grace Line. Unused and in excellent shape. Stickers like this would have been on every travelers luggage.. sort of a badge of honor for the well traveled.
Lovely seafoam and teal “S” First Class baggage sticker for the Grace Line. Unused and in excellent shape .. these would have once adorned the luggage of the well traveled person.
There was a nostalgic liner outcry in the late 70’s and 80’s … where did all the liners go? This plaque for the Oceanic Independence was done as part of a series of past liners to commerate the liners that were still with us. Though she was owned by CY Tung at the time, the Oceanic Indy started life as the Independence for American Export. She cracked in half upon reaching Alang for scrapping.
The Ward Line’s Siboney actually served in both world wars … which sandwiched her peacetime service. This is a WW1 portrait of her dazzle painted and laden with lifesaving rafts. The portrait is in good shape for WW1 with a few waves, the black frame has the typical scuffs and scrapes. I may need to quote shipping for this.
Wonderful image of the Leviathan as a trooper coming into harbor (technically pre-dating her USL ownership). After the war she would become WFGibbs first BIG assignment … and her would restore her top to bottom … emerging as the USL flagship. As is common with these WW1 photos, the framing is pretty scraped and the image is a little wavy … but still is crisp and clear. You can almost read the banners on the surrounding watercraft. ** shipping calculator maybe off… I may need to quote shipping***
Wonderful travel agency advert for the Alcoa Clipper. Alcoa ran ships all over the route to the Caribbean and South America most carrying ore and freight .. but some were also outfitted for limited passengers. This print by Gordon Ellis is really nice .. she is nestled in a safe harbor. This came from the FOB collection (info on back). A few border suffs and some scratches or! ** May require shipping to be quoted due to size**
Just about the best interwar brochure Matson did …covers the Lurline, Matsonia, Monterey and Mariposa . Half of the pages have lavish large interior pics (some of the best interior pictures of these ships I have ever seen)… and the remaining pages talk about each destination (like Australia and New Zeeland). Also includes is a rate brochure for 1941 and a page of notes form a voyage. Good condition with a few cover blemishes.
Cute little calculator to help with the time changes as you were crossing into different time zones on your voyage abroad. Cute as a glass button … and in great shape … completely and utterly still usable!
Lovely almost pristine pack of Playing cards for the delta line. These ships plied the Caribbean … their major competitor being grace line ships. Loved their “sharp” post-war design.
Nice little invite card for cocktails poolside from Captain Stein of the Monterey. This is pristine … looks like it was just signed by the captain himself yesterday.
Lovely little room/ deck plan for the last Matson passenger sisters. Love the little “Hawaiian” details in the room pictures …from the Theater tiki Lights to the fresh Amaryllis flowers in the cabin vases. These would have been darling little ships to travel on!
Cute little invite card to join Captain Switzer in the Independence Lounge for cocktails. I wonder if Dr.amd Mrs Urbanwez went? I’m sure the champagne was free flowing!
3 menus from a voyage over New Years in 1961 and Fred Fender was in charge. The dinner menus dates from Jan 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Full of lovely delicious items … I’d be even chunkier than now for sure. Great shape with a coulple of small spots from use and storage. Not bad for being almsot 51 years old.
Perfect heavy glass ashtray for the Matson lines … these would not roll around too much during high seas. The BIG Matson white hulled passenger liners were popular in the late 20’s through the 60’s. This is probably early 60’s mentions 4 ships Lurline, Mariposa, Matsonia and Monterey. Today, Matson lines concentrates on just container cargos and has no passenger operations. Mint: no chips or cracks!
Oh to have been a child aboard the Big U … the whole ship certainly would have been a playground … but the children in all classes were pampered even further with their own playrooms! This is a lovely chair from the sports deck FC playroom. The “vinyl” blue seating upholstery is in excellent shape (one little seam seperation on a top corner) . .. and the red frame shows a few scratches and dingys: Overall it is a GEM! *** Shipping calculator probably will not be accurate for this item .. I will need to quote manually*** Please help save the SS United States, visit www.savetheunitedstates.org.
PS: If any one has images and photo’s of this particular playroom … I’d love to see them.
Can’t beat this floaty mechanical pencil for the Monterey … the little ship just bubbles up and down as you write. She and her sister were the last passenger liners for Matson … who to this day only concentrates on cargo. You’ll need to buy some lead! Stamped SS Monterey!
A nice president Cleveland menu with cover art designed by artist Don Crowley. Delicious assortment of food items would have greeted passengers for this meal … mmm, mmm good! Grab it … it is in excellent shape!
Certainly a huge German WW1 miscalculation was that fact that a huge amount merchant shipping tonnage was stuck in NY harbor at the onset of the hostilities. … especially the brand new HAPAG flagship Valterland. Once America entered the war, she was quickly seized and became our Leviathan. After the war, her reconditioning into the newly formed United States Lines flagship was WF Gibbs first assignment. This was a herculean and successful undertaking for him, and certainly pivotal career making move.. This stereocard is in excellent condition … with a little lenghtwise warp that can be easily pressed back into shape.
Nice unused Bridge scorecard for the SSUS. Easy to keep your game score on these … and the supply was probably limitless … as I’m sure they could be printed onboard.
Little souvenir lifering for the Santa Rosa. Probably bought onboard or maybe a little prize for an onboard contest or celebration. This one needs a good cleaning. Some of the colored tape is loose.
United States Lines: SS America/ USS West Point/ SS Australis: The Many Lives of a good ship, by Larry Driscoll. Author signed!
Amazing AE line table cloth. All cotton and proudly made in America (of course) this is a gorgeous table cloth. The sailing ship line logo is woven into the pattern and surrounded by Americian Export Isbrandtsen Lines Inc.This one is approx 36×36. At one time this was cleaned, folded and never used again. I imagine there were lots of these left in a warehouse when the fleet was mothballed and eventualy sold. This is in great shape and shows very little if any wear.
Great multi storied issue … about 15 pages are dedicated to a great article on the America. The other big story covered was the THS convention that was held on the Queen Mary …. lots of folks came in period attire .. and fun was had by all! This is full of great photos … as most of the THS publications are.
These are always a treat … of course the best article in the one is written by FOB .. and is titled ” the seven Lives of the Manhattan and Washington”. Frank’s delight always shows in writing and the11ish page article just glows for these little ladies. Born out of the depression, they sailed in the 30’s and saw heavy war use in the 40’s. After the war, there was some (but little austerity use).. and both ships spent most of their time remaining time slowly rusting in the reserve fleet. The magazine does have some page crinkling.