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Music Program, S.S. Eider, North German Lloyd, January 1890 Music Program, S.S. Eider, North German Lloyd, January 1890
Handwritten Music Program from the S.S. Eider of Norddeutscher Lloyd dating from January 1890. The S.S. Eider was commanded by Captain H. Baur.
A Great Concert Performace at Sea - Kaiser Wilhelm II (1906) A Great Concert Performace at Sea - Kaiser Wilhelm II (1906)
Passengers on Kaiser Wilhelm II Enjoy Finest Concert Ever Given at Sea
The most remarkable concert ever heard on the sea was enjoyed by the passengers on the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse, which made harbor yesterday from Bremen, Southampton and Cherbourg. 
Grand Charity Concert, R.M.S. Hesperian, Allan Line (1908) Grand Charity Concert, R.M.S. Hesperian, Allan Line (1908)
Extremely Rare -- A farewell souvenir of the R.M.S. Hesperian -- a grand charity -:- concert will be held at sea in the first-class dining saloon, on Friday, August 21, 1908, commencing at 8.15 p.m. Prompt. THE leading characteristics of the efforts of the Montreal Sailors' Institute may be briefly summarized as follows : To provide a cheerful, homelike, healthful place of resort for seamen, while they are in port. To protect them from the numerous evils to which seamen in all seaport cities are exposed.
Benefit Program of Entertainment on the R.M.S. Campania, Cunard Line, 3 July 1911 Benefit Program of Entertainment on the R.M.S. Campania, Cunard Line, 3 July 1911
Program of Entertainment benefiting Seamen's Charities at Liverpool and New York held on the R.M.S. Campania of the Cunard Line, Commanded by Captain R. C. Warr.
Concert Program, R.M.S. Olympic, White Star Line (1920) Concert Program, R.M.S. Olympic, White Star Line (1920)
Vintage Second Class Concert Program performed onboard the White Star Line Olympic, the sister ship of the Titanic. It was likely that the crew and passengers participated in putting on the concert which included a number of solo pieces and recitations.
Musical Program, S.S. President Monroe, United States Lines, July 1922 Musical Program, S.S. President Monroe, United States Lines, July 1922
Early United States Lines Musical Program for the Cabin class passengers of the S.S. President Monroe. Like many concerts, this program was designed to solicit funds for various Seamen's charities.
Sports and Entertainment Program, S.S. Zeeland, Red Star Line, 26 June 1924 Sports and Entertainment Program, S.S. Zeeland, Red Star Line, 26 June 1924
Excellent Graphics adorn the Covers and Program in this 1924 Sports and Entertainments Progamme performed onboard the S.S. Zeeland of the Red Star Line, Commanded by Captain A. J. Thomas on an Eastbound Voyage from New York.
Concert Program on the R.M.S. Aquitania, Cunard Line, 21 August 1924 Concert Program on the R.M.S. Aquitania, Cunard Line, 21 August 1924
Beautiful Cover Graphics adorn this program for a Benefit Concert held at the Second Class Dining Room on the R.M.S. Aquitania of the Cunard Line in Aid of British and American Seamen's Institutions, Orchestrated by Chairman Mr. William Ryan.
Benefit Music Program, S.S. Republic, United States Lines, 3 October 1926 Benefit Music Program, S.S. Republic, United States Lines, 3 October 1926
Ornate Music Program performed on the S.S. Republic of the United States Lines on 3 October 1926 for the Benefit of Seamen's Charities and the Actors Fund of the United States.
Concert Program, S.S. Leviathan, United States Lines, 21 June 1928 Concert Program, S.S. Leviathan, United States Lines, 21 June 1928
The Concert Program included Music Selections, Reading and a Playlet. Very detailed graphic cover for this program for the Second Class passengers on the Flagship of the United States Lines S.S. Leviathan, the former Vaterland.
Grand Concert Program, S.S. Minnekahda, Atlantic Transport Line, 29 July 1928 Grand Concert Program, S.S. Minnekahda, Atlantic Transport Line, 29 July 1928
Rare Musical Concert Program from the S.S. Minnekahda of the Atlantic Transport Line from 29 July 1928, on a westbound voyage from London to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Onboard Entertainment Program, R.M.S, Aquitania, September 1929 Onboard Entertainment Program, R.M.S, Aquitania, September 1929
This was a program for a September 1929 Voyage of the R.M.S. Aquitania of the Cunard Line listing names of the committee members who put the events together and the schedule of activities from Monday through Thursday.
Program for a Matinée Concert, S.S. Bremen, Norddeutscher Lloyd, 17 August 1930 Program for a Matinée Concert, S.S. Bremen, Norddeutscher Lloyd, 17 August 1930
A Romantic and Jazz Symphonic Matinée Concert program from the S.S. Bremen of the North German Lloyd, performed in the Social Hall on 17 August 1939.
Weekly Social Events Program, S.S. Sythia, Cunard Line, January 1931 Weekly Social Events Program, S.S. Sythia, Cunard Line, January 1931
At the beginning of the Depression Era, Cunard Line printed this Weekly Social Events Program that explained some of the games and social activities they would do with the passengers on deck. Potato Race, Thread and Needle Race, Cock Fighting, Egg and Spoon Race, Driving Competition, “Are You There?”, Shoe Race, Whistling Competition, Boxing, Nail Driving Competition, Cigarette and Cracker Competition, Pillow Fighting on Spar, Deck Tennis and Shuffleboard Competition are all covered in this program.
Entertainment Program, S.S. California of the Anchor Line, 27 February 1931 Entertainment Program, S.S. California of the Anchor Line, 27 February 1931
Ornate Covers provide an entrance to a unique show program, likely similar to vaudeville that played out on the S.S. California of the Anchor Line, presented by National Tours.
Program of Social Events, S.S. New York, Hamburg-American Line, July 1933 Program of Social Events, S.S. New York, Hamburg-American Line, July 1933
Weekly program of Social Events on board the S.S. New York of the Hamburg-American Line covering 21 July through 3 August 1933. They included a number of short self-promotional films shown on three seperate days. Lovely Floral Graphic Cover. In German and English.
Activities Program, S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland-America Line, 27 August 1938 Activities Program, S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland-America Line, 27 August 1938
Great modern graphics in this 1938 Activities Program from the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam of the Holland-America Line. World War II was on the horizon as this Westbound voyage from Rotterdam to New York via Boulogne-sur-Mer and Southampton did their best to bring out the lighter side of life.

Etiquette in Concerts at Sea

Very often, as the sea voyage draws near an end, a concert or entertainment is held for the benefit of some special charity fund, or merely for the amusement of the passengers. All those who are accomplished in any way—who can sing, dance, recite or play a musical instrument, are expected to volunteer their services for the occasion. Those who are specially requested to do so should consent amiably; it is very rude, indeed, to refuse without some very good reason.

The passenger who absents himself from the concert, which all other passengers attend, is both impolite and ill-bred. Whether he cares to or not, he should attend for the sake of courtesy. And everyone should contribute to the fund if one is raised after the concert. Only a very selfish and unkind person will refuse to contribute to a fund of this kind.

Book of Etiquette, Volume II, By Lillian Eichler Watson, Oyster Bay, NY: Nelson Doubleday, (1922) P.232

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