Ocean Liners

I have an unusual fascination with ocean liners. I think it stems from finding a book on the Titanic when I was twelve. All of the items below I’ve bought at “paper and postcard” shows or antique stores in the southern California area.
This is a scan of a photo so it's a little blurry. I'm outside the Cunard Building in NYC. For somebody who likes ocean liners this was a great day for me.

I’m outside the Cunard Building in NYC. For somebody who likes ocean liners this was a great day for me. The architects of this building were Benjamin Wistar Morris and Carrere & Hastings.

This is the Mauritania. Other Cunard ships are the Queen Mary and the Imperator.

This is the first Mauritania (with 4 stacks) from 1907.

It's a baggage label for the France.

It’s a baggage label for the France.

This is part of an envelope from the Cunard Line. The envelope was torn to take off the stamp but I really like what remains of the envelope. It's a great image.

This is part of an envelope from the Cunard Line. The envelope was torn to take off the stamp but I still bought it. The discarded remains are the real treasure.

I was at an antique mall and a dear overheard me say I was interested in ocean liners. He looked at me and said, "I've got some stuff in the back, that I haven't put out that I can show you." I followed him to the back and he pulled out of a clear, plastic, storage tote --- this.

I was at an antique mall and a dealer overheard me say I was interested in ocean liners. He looked at me and said, “I’ve got some stuff in the back, that I haven’t put out, that I can show you.” I followed him to the storage area and he pulled THIS out of a clear, plastic, storage tote. That is one amazing box.

When we opened the box this was inside. Okay, what kind of a crappy a** gift is this? You have to make your own Queen Mary. If you gave it to a kid you would have to give them a KNIFE too so they could wittle out the hull. This certainly wouldn't pass safety standards today BUT, of course, I had to have it.

When we opened the box up — these were the contents inside. It appears as if everything is there except the glue. Okay, what kind of a crappy gift would this be? You have to make your own Queen Mary. If you gave it to a kid you would have to give them a KNIFE too so they could whittle out the hull. This certainly wouldn’t pass safety standards today BUT, of course, I had to have it. I bought it on the spot.

I like the color. It's a dinner menu from May 19, 1935 for a ship called The Duchess of Richmond.

I like the color. It’s a dinner menu from May 19, 1935 for a ship called The Duchess of Richmond.

S.S. United States is referred to in this brochure as a superliner.

The S.S. United States is referred to in this brochure as a superliner.

In the S.S. United States brochure there is some information on how the ship won the Blue Riband.

In the S.S. United States brochure there is  information about the ship and the Blue Riband.

The Nieuw Amsterdam. It was so modern and up to date when it went into service back in 1947.

The Nieuw Amsterdam. It was so modern and up to date when it went into service back in 1938.

The Nieuw Amsterdam dinning room with a cool padded and tufted ceiling

The Nieuw Amsterdam dining room with a fantastic padded & tufted ceiling.

FLANDRE. This baggage label has seen better days but it too looks royal and it has a family crest thing going on.

Flandre. This baggage label has seen better days but it looks royal and has a family crest thing going on.

Another cool baggage lable from the ILE DE FRANCE. It looks very royal.

Another cool baggage label but this time from the Ile de France. That’s a fleur de lis.

A very cool baggage label for the France.

Super cool.

The cover for a White Star Line booklet concerning their ships.

The cover for a White Star Line booklet concerning their ships.

Here's the inside of the White Star brochure. The paragraph on stowaways seems harsh and firm.

Here’s the inside of the White Star brochure. The paragraph on smuggling seems stern.

Another great graphic from the Cunard Line. It would be great to sail in 1929 before the depression on the S.S. California.

Another great graphic from the Cunard Line. How fabulous would it be to sail on the S.S. California in January of 1929. That pesky stock market crash was still months away.

I would spend all my time here since it's the "man's room." The fact that it's smoking too is just a plus.

Photos from the California. I would spend all my time here since it’s the “man’s room.” The fact that it’s a smoking room too is just an added bonus.

The text under the photo says that when the furniture is pushed to the walls -- dancing can take place but the room doesn't look big enough (to me) for dancing.

Another photo from the California. The text under the photo says that when the furniture is pushed back to the walls — dancing can take place but the room doesn’t look big enough for dancing to me.

A cabin.

A cabin.

I like htis tinted photograph of the ship.

I like this tinted photograph of the ship.

These third class luggage labels are very nice in their simplicity.

These third class luggage labels are very nice in their simplicity.

This booklet is for a cruise through the Mediterranean and on to Istanbul and Egypt. It left two and a half months before the Titanic sank and arrived bank in England on the day the Titanic sailed. The Titanic was also a White Star Line ship.

This booklet is for a cruise through the Mediterranean and on to Istanbul and Egypt. It left two and a half months before the Titanic sank and arrived back in England on the day the Titanic sailed. The Titanic was also a White Star Line ship.

I've always wanted to go to Egypt so this German Line advertisement appeals to me.

I’ve always wanted to go to Egypt so this German Line advertisement appeals to me.

I like the color.

I like the color.

It's a lunch menu from the German line North German Lloyd. It's in German and English and dated March 14, 1904.

It’s a lunch menu from the German line North German Lloyd. It’s in German and English and dated March 14, 1904.

The Washington was launched in 1932 and scrapped in 1965. It's a nice baggage sticker.

The S.S. Washington was launched in 1932 and scrapped in 1965. It’s a nice baggage sticker.

Everybody who knows anything about ocean liners likes the Normandie.

One of my best friends likes the Normandie.

A Cunard baggage label with the Queen Mary.

A Cunard baggage label with the Queen Mary.

Evidently, crossing the equator was a big deal on an ocean liner. The document is from 1910 and the person who officiates is Poseidon so I kind of like it.

Evidently, crossing the equator was a big deal on an ocean liner. This document is from 1910 and the person who officiates over the proceedings is Poseidon.

That bunny is going to eat the ship.

That bunny is going to eat the ship.

This is a sailing schedule for the United States and America.

This is a sailing schedule for the United States and the America.

From the sailing schedule above are these listed rates.

These are the listed rates for the United States and America in 1963 and 1964. 

I don't see a lot of items for the Britannic so when I stumbled upon this I snatched it up. On the inside it states that rates start at $1,295.

I don’t see a lot of items for the Britannic so when I stumbled upon this I snatched it up. On the inside it states that rates start at $1,275.

This is from inside the Britannic brochure. It's the route the ship would take.

This is from inside the Britannic brochure. It’s the route the ship would take. The first stop is Madeira.

This is the outside. It's the size of a regular postcard.

This is the outside. It’s the size of a regular postcard.

This is the inside.

This is the inside.

This is one beautiful postcard. It appears to be from 1898.

This is one beautiful postcard. It’s from 1898.

This postcard was sent in June of 1910. I'm sure it was named AMERIKA to attract immigrants.

This postcard was sent in June of 1910. I’m sure it was named Amerika to attract immigrants.

This ship is from the German Line.

This ship is from the German Line.

I don't know how exactly this guy relates to the Olympic but I like him nevertheless.

I don’t know how exactly this sailor relates to the Olympic but I like him nevertheless.

A colorful brochure from the French Line.

A colorful brochure from the French Line.

Here's what the ship looked like.

Here’s what the ship looked like.

Some interior photos from the brochure.

Some interior photos from the Liberte brochure.

It's the Bremen's floorplan on some sort of architectural paper. It really should be framed.

It’s the Kaiser Wilhelm II‘s cabin plan on some sort of architectural paper. It really should be framed.

I know little about the B and N Line but that blue is beautiful.

That blue is beautiful.

I don't know much about the American Line but they produce great cover graphics for their programs.

The American Line produced amazing cover graphics for their programs.

scan267The name of the Ship is the ANTILLES. There are two things I really like about this cover: 1) all the marine life depicted on the cover and 2) isn't the ocean liner under the water line? That doesn't bode well. When you open up this brochure very big brochure there is a diagram of the ship. It must be about 2ft by 3ft when completely unfolded.

The name of the Ship is the Antilles. There are two things I really like about this cover: 1) all the marine life depicted on the cover and 2) isn’t the ocean liner under the water line? That doesn’t bode well. When you open up this very big brochure there is a diagram of the ship. It must be about 2ft by 3ft when completely unfolded. The following 4 images are from this Antilles brochure.

This is the Antilles "salon premier class."

This is the Antilles “salon premiere class.”

It's the Mexico suite.

It’s the Mexico suite. What this room needs is a serape draped over the couch and a ceramic burro for the coffee table.

The chapel. Evidently, they're not expecting a big crowd.

The chapel. Evidently, they’re not expecting a big crowd.

I like this cabin the best.

I like this cabin the best.

A great card from the Deutschland. There is a slight tear on the side and it appears to have been in a post card book. (Notice the half circles at the bottom of the card.)

A great card from the Deutschland. There is a slight tear on the side and it appears to have been in a post card book. (Notice the half circles at the bottom of the card.)

Another Deutschland view.

Another Deutschland view.

It's a great sticker for the Ile de France.

It’s a baggage sticker for the Ile de France.

Some Tourist Class labels from the United States Lines.

Some Tourist Class labels from the United States Lines.

A great baggage tag from the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique

A  baggage tag from the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique

This is the other side. It sailed 11 days before the Lusitania sank. The Lusitania sank on May 7, 1915.

This is the other side. It sailed 11 days before the Lusitania sank. The Lusitania sank on May 7, 1915.

Five or six years ago my family went on a cruise on this liner -- The Ms Oosterdam. It was one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done.

Five or six years ago my family went on a cruise on this liner — The Ms Oosterdam. It was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done in my life.

When I was on the Oosterdam I bought this 138 page book on the ship.

When I was on the Oosterdam I bought this 138 page book about the ship.

Champaign Christens the Oosterdam.

Champagne christens the Oosterdam.

This is one of the staircases on the Oosterdam. It's very glitzy.

This is one of the staircases on the Oosterdam. It’s very glitzy.

This is a restaurant we dined in while on the ship.

We dined in this restaurant while on the ship. It reminds me of Las Vegas.

van Biljouw was captain of the ship when the Oosterdam was launched.

Captain van Biljouw was captain when the Oosterdam was launched.

A give away from the Compagnie Generale.

A give away from the Compagnie Generale.

It's a Cunard program for the Queen Mary.

It’s a Cunard program for the Queen Mary.

This is the inside for the Queen Mary Cunard program.

This is the inside of the Queen Mary Cunard program.

Stationary from the Berengaria.

Stationary from the Berengaria.

berengaria stationary

More stationary from the Berengaria.

City of Dublin Steam Packet Stationary.

Royal Mail Steamer Munster stationary. Uh, how did they come up with that name?

United States stationary.

S.S. United States stationary.

This brochure looks very patriotic.

This brochure looks very patriotic. The S.S. United States was launched in 1952. The following 4 images are from the S.S. United States.

Here's an image of the dining room. Very red. I would pass on the "Kangaroo Tail Soup." It sounds icky.

Here’s an image of the dining room. Very red. I would pass on the “Kangaroo Tail Soup.” Hey, the kangaroos need their tails not me.

More red. A whole room dedicated to smoking. It was a different time.

More red. A whole room dedicated to smoking. It was a different time indeed.

The gay decorator must have been on a break when this bedspread and those curtains were approved for this suite.

Oh, my. The gay decorator must have been on a break when this bedspread, those chairs and the curtains were approved for this suite. I hope I don’t sound catty. Too late?

I like this image of the ship from within the brochure.

I like this image of the ship from within the brochure.

R. M. S. Mauretania brochure. These brochures were very detailed.

R. M. S. Mauretania brochure. These brochures were very detailed.

Mauretania with two stacks.

The second Mauretania (with two stacks) from 1939.

The Mauretania's First Class Restaurant.

The Mauretania‘s First Class Restaurant.

First Class Grand Hall (which can be converted to a movie theater)

First Class Grand Hall (which can be converted to a movie theater).

The Mauretania's 1st class lounge.

The Mauretania‘s 1st class lounge.

A 1950s brochure for the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam.

A 1950s brochure for the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam. The following 8 images are from the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam.

I've seen a number of these brochures and it's unusual to see the crew depicted.

I’ve seen a number of these brochures and it’s unusual to see the crew depicted.

It looks like they're selling glamour.

It looks like they’re selling glamour.

Here's the first class dinning room.

Here’s the first class dining salon.

Here's the first class screening room.

The first class screening room.

Okay, this is still part of the first class area. Now, I included this photo because I find it odd. These people are inside. The guy is sitting very close to these women and he has his shirt off. I find that odd. If it was a married couple - not so weird but a guy with three women - weird. If they were out by the pool - not weird at all. Maybe, I'm just provincial.

Okay, this is still part of first class. Now, I included this photo because I find it odd. These people are inside. The guy is sitting very close to these women and he has his shirt off. I find that odd. If it was a married couple – not so weird but a guy and three women – weird. If they were out by the pool – not weird at all. Maybe, I’m just provincial.

Cabin Class with zodiac wall plaques!

Cabin class with zodiac wall plaques!

look at that small screen in cabin class

Tourist and Cabin class film viewing on a very tiny screen.

If I were her I would ring for the steward and ask him to pour my tea for me.

Cabin class. If I were her I would ring for the steward and ask him to pour my tea for me.

I bought this postcard years ago. That's the Kaiser Wilhelm.

I bought this postcard years ago. That’s the Kaiser Wilhelm II depicted. The card is from the Columbian Exposition which was held in Chicago in 1893.

This is the back of the card above. I think I like the back even better than the front because of the graphics at the top.

This is the back of the Kaiser Wilhelm World Exposition card. I think I like the back even better than the front because of the graphics and the text/typeface.

This appears to be a "trunk" label. It's a super label and I would love to stay at the Continental Savoy.

This appears to be a “trunk” label. It’s a super label and I would love to stay at the Continental Savoy.

Here's a chart I made up of all the ships depicted in this post.

Here’s a chart I made up of all the ships depicted in this post.

I went to San Francisco in 2015 and when we were walking toward the Ferry Building I saw this building. The Matson Line had ships that went between the west coast and Hawaii.

I went to San Francisco in 2015.  While walking to the Ferry Building I saw this building. The Matson Line had ships that sailed between the west coast and Hawaii. In the ceramic tiles that decorate this building there’s fish, water, seashells, anchors, steamships and rope.

This is an image from Wikipedia. They got the whole building. I didn't go into the building because it was closed but I'll plan on doing that during my next trip to San Francisco.

This is an image from Wikipedia. Wikipedia was able to get the whole building in the shot –something I wasn’t able to do. I didn’t go into the building because it was closed but that’s on my “to do” list next time I go to San Francisco.

I was looking through some architectural journals in December of 2015 and found this drawing.

I was looking through some architectural journals in December of 2015 and found this drawing.

I found this coll little brochure on Panama cruises online.

I found this cool little brochure on Panama cruises online.

This is the other side.

This is the other side.

I really like that image of the ship in the second panel. It makes me want to sail 3rd class.

I really like that image of the ship in the second panel. It makes me want to sail 3rd class.

The interior of the 3rd class brochure.

The interior of the 3rd class brochure.

I have a book coming out on December 16, 2013. It's called The Odd Fellows.

My book was released on December 16, 2013. It’s called The Odd Fellows.

Published in: on February 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm  Comments (2)