R.M.S. Ascania;Anne Farrow;10 1/2″ x 8 1/4″;June 3, 1954
We in the vintage posters and graphics business are constantly encountering times gone by, often never to return. As such, there becomes for us a bittersweet obligation to recognize what has passed, not simply in its concrete technology, but in the specific sensibilities arising from it–so passionate and so easily lost from recalling.
Very recently, however, the nature of change (Covid-19 pandemic) has become crazily problematic–not merely prone to adjustments of actions but of the obliterations themselves. One of the more fascinating phenomena partaking of this crash is the cruise ship entertainment. Only a few months ago this treat-for-millions was a solid bet to last forever. And, therefore, by way of our inventory of lithographically produced cruise-ship menus, from yesteryear, we aim to evoke not only a change of direction, but perhaps a complete disappearance. Now that quite deadly invisible assaults are everywhere, what would an end game look like?
More than ever, then, we embrace those memories of bygone voyages, from the perspective of their personal-memento gift menus, specifically dated, in hopes for a lingering of how the meal lifted their hearts.
The graphic artistry on display of our first selection “Cunard Menu,” Thursday, June 3, 1954, carries a remarkable power to go for broke, to become somewhat more daring henceforth.
With the Canadian Pacific, “Farewell Dinner,” in July, 1950, featuring a “Summer Cruise to Alaska,” once again the exotic is on tap. But with the insert of a paper, celebratory hat and an impressive list of new friends signing in, a priority of more down-to-earth interplay seems to have sustained the festivity.
Once again, Alaska (but with more mystery), this time by way of Canadian National Steamships, on Saturday, September 4th, 1948, where the dinner was supplemented by a list of symphonic music on a recording. Hopefully tasting the Music of the Spheres!
The great artist,Jean A. Mercier, provides an optic fable by Fontaine, for a French Line cruise, on Friday, August 9, 1957, launching a brilliant night to remember for a long time, embedded by way of this astounding memento!
A luncheon, on the “Queen Mary,” on Friday, April 16, 1937. A magic name with a proud maritime history. And also the sword on the prow, alert to a war coming soon. Much more than fun, a moment of truth.
Same ship,same day,Friday, April 16, 1937, now dinner. A note describes this menu cover: “The Mauretania,” painting by Charles Pears, displayed in the Tourist Smoking Room, Promenade Deck, of the R.M.S. “Queen Mary.” A place to dine, and another place to reflect. Those were the days!
The luncheon the day before on the Queen Mary, April 15,1937. A prospect of defending those White Cliffs of Dover!
Quebec City, approached by an Italian liner, S.S. “Atlantic,” Thursday, August 7th, 1952. After the War, a search for different adventures.
Where will our needs for future adventure be satisfied?