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This ocean liner ephemera displays a small sample of the Phillips Library’s collection, which includes the whole array of travel materials produced by ocean liner companies in the United States and abroad from 1914 to 1999 and covers a geographical area that encompasses virtually every continent and island from the Caribbean to the South Seas.

 

The collection of 124 linear feet was created by an employee of the Thomas Cook Travel Agency who saved one copy of every piece of ephemera sent by passenger ship companies to the agency. It is the most comprehensive collection of ocean liner ephemera known to exist, including shipping lines Canadian Pacific, Cunard, Delta Queen, Disney, French, Fred Olsen, Furness, Grace, Greek, Hamburg-Aiantic, Holland America, Home, Moore-McCormack, North German Lloyd, Norwegian, Princess, Royal Viking, and Swedish, among others. The material includes advertising brochures, deck and cabin plans, sailing schedules and itineraries, shore excursion maps of sites to visit, menus, and other ephemera.

 

This online exhibit accompanies Ocean Liners: Glamour, Speed, and Style on view May 20, 2017 to October 9, 2017, organized by the Peabody Essex Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

 
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