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The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners (1984)

The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners

In Historic Photographs

Synopsis: Some 200 superb photographs—in long shots and close-ups—capture exquisite interiors of world’s great "floating palaces"—1890s to 1980s: Titanic, Île de France, Queen Elizabeth, United States, Europa, more. Informative captions provide key details

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in Historic Photographs
William H. Miller. Jr

With the Assistance of the Museum of the City of New York

Cross the gangway into the dazzling splendor of the world's great ocean liners --
' Floating palaces" of fantastic opulence and luxury. Board the elegant queens of
nearly a century and walk their historic decks and passageways into a magical world.

This beautifully printed volume offers over 200 superb photographs depicting the
lavish interiors of the most magnificent liners that sailed the seas from the 1890s
to the 1980s. From the Fürst Bismarck, an early, moderate-sized passenger ship
that worked the trade between Hamburg and New York, to Hapag Lloyd's Europa,
typifying the "fine-hotel" tone of pleasure ships today, here are rare views of all
the great ladies Amerika, France ("the château of the North Atlantic"); Imperator;
Ile de France (epitome of bold design and social chic); Queen of Bermuda, the two
Cunard Queens, Mary and Elizabeth (most successful superliners of all time); Liberté, United States, Leonardo da Vinci and dozens of others -- including the ill-fated Titanic, Normandie and Andrea Doria.

Here, in glorious detail, glimpse stunning salons, suites, music rooms, ballrooms and barrooms, libraries, dining rooms, theaters and more, decorated in styles ranging from Louis XIV and Victorian to Art Deco and Modern. View the lush, tropical setting of the winter garden on the Resolute, the spectacular indoor pool on the boat deck of the Reliance and the Hollywood picture-palace-style ballroom on the Comte Grande of 1927. Also included in this striking gallery of photographs -- the majority from the Byron Collection of the Museum of the City of New York -- are fascinating images of such lesser -known vessels as Orion, first Art Deco Pacific liner; the Dutch liner Johan van Oldenbarnevelt; and Infante Dom Henrique, of Portugal's Colonial Navigation Company, the last of the colonial liners.

William H. Miller, Jr., author of several popular volumes of photographs on the world's great ocean liners, supplies concise, informative captions detailing the background and history of each vessel, tonnage, size, engines, builders, etc. Over the decades, the mood and styles of the public rooms and passenger spaces aboard these splendid ships have changed, but our fascination lingers. Captured here are all the glamor, romance and charm of life on board these floating extravaganzas.

Original Dover (1984) publication. 228 black-and-white photographs with full captions. Text. Introduction by Stephen S. Lash. Foreword. Bibliography. Alphabetical List of Ships Illustrated. xiv + 145pp. 8 7/8 x 11 3/4.

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  • Miller, William H., 1948-
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  • The fabulous interiors of the great ocean liners in historic photographs / William H. Miller, Jr. ; with the assistance of the Museum of the City of New York.
  • New York : Dover Publications, 1985.



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