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Vintage   Art   and   Innovations

 

The 20th Century was a dynamic era.

The eras artifacts are increasingly collectible.

 

Maritime art in the first part of the 20th Century emphasized technical innovations and encouraged travel. The prints of the Dixie, Aquitania, Mauritania and St. Louis once hung in New York City travel agencies.

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S.S.   Dixie

Framed image measures 20 x 24 inches

The S.S.  Dixie was a 12,440 ton, 445 ft. long passenger and cargo vessel built at the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company in Kearny, N.J. and launched July 29, 1927. The S.S. Dixie, was owned by the Southern Pacific Company's Morgan Line and connected with the Southern Pacific Railroad's popular passenger trains from the west coast at New Orleans. The route offered travelers a popular railroad - passenger ship combination for trans-continental journeys. The S.S. Dixie made the trip between New Orleans and New York in five days northbound and six days southbound offered passengers "a veritable sightseeing trip at sea with much of the Atlantic coast visible from the ship."    Click for enlarged S.S. Dixie view.

 

 

R.M.S.   Mauritania 2

Framed image measures 24 x 30 inches

The R.M.S.   Mauritania 2 was built by Cunard in 1938 for the trans-Atlantic service replacing the older Mauritania. After five years as a troop ship, it became a passenger liner again until being retired in 1966.     Click for enlarged Mauritania view.

 

 

The  Dollar  Line

Framed image measures 24 x 30 inches

The Dollar Line, legally called the Dollar Steamship Line, began in the 1800s. In the 1920s it offered five services in one Round-the-World, Intercoastal, Trans-Pacific, Orient-European, and Trans-Atlantic aboard its President Liners class ships. Those ships had "distinctively higher standard of luxury, comfort, and convenience with a standard designed to meet the requirements of ocean voyagers."   Click for enlarged Dollar Line view.

 

 

Aquitania

Framed image measures 26 x 40 inches

The Aquitania of the Cunard Line built in 1914 was the last of the famous "four funnel liners" on the Atlantic. Passenger service as a luxury liner was delayed by World War 1 until 1919 and interrupted again by World War 2. Service as a premier Atlantic passenger liner continued until her retirement in 1950. Technically, the 45,647 gross ton ship was 901 feet long, was powered by steam turbines and the quadruple propellers provided a 23 knot service speed for the 3,230 passengers sailing on the Southampton - New York City route.      Click for enlarged Aquitania view.

 

 

S.S.   St. Louis

Framed image measures 30 x 48 inches

The launching of the St.   Louis at the William Cramp & Sons Building & Engine Company, Philadelphia in November 1894 was attended by wife of President Grover Cleveland. In 1895, the ship made its maiden voyage from New York to Southampton, England flying the flag of the American Line and sailed on that route until 1898 when, during the Spanish-American War, it was acquired by the U.S. Navy. She returned to trans-Atlantic passenger service until 1918 when she was again acquired by the U.S. Navy for two years. In 1920, while being reconverted again to peacetime passenger service she burned at the shipyard. The St.   Louis' civilian and military service times included many notable historical achievements.         Click for enlarged S.S. St. Louis view.

 

 

R. M. S.   Queen Mary

Image measures 4 x 18 inches

The R.M.S.  Queen Mary of the Cunard Line was built for the Southampton - New York City trans-Atlantic passenger trade. Construction began January 1931 but the Depression forced the stopping of work. Work was finally resumed and the ship entered service September 1934. The diagram shown was among the promotional advertising publications for the ship. Saved from scrapping, the Queen Mary is now a hotel and convention center in Long Beach, Ca.

 

 

 

20th Century Events Art

The Great War of 1914 - 1918 changed the world.

Art work as oils, sketches and photographs that showed the events

and technical progress such as in aviation are of interest.

The   Last   Vision

Framed image measures 30 x 48 inches

The Last Vision dated 1914 was the first year of World War 1 also known as The Great War. The artwork is a somewhat romantic, idealistic view of after a battle. By 1918, the last year of the war, the last visions of soldiers were dramatically different. Click for enlarged The Last Vision view.

 

 

 

Blending Technical Innovations and Artistic Creations

Art and the 20th Century's Railroads

Art was an important tool for the railroads in the early 1900s to promote their ability to transport people and freight. Illustrations of scenic views of the railroads' routes combined with illustrations of their impressive locomotives caught the publics attention. The expansion of photography, brought about by new camera and film technologies developed for military use during World War 1, became a new great artistic tool. That coincided with a rapid expanion of many railroad technologies. Advertising opportunies existed everywhere. Wall calenders plus covers on dining car menus and timetables covers promoted positive images of the railroads and travel.

 

wrap text around imageChanging artistic styles and new technologies offered great opportunties for industrial designers and artists. Powerful steam locomotives became streamlined then evolved into sleek diesel and electric locomotives. Their exterior and interiors appearances designed by Otto Kuhler, Henry Dreyfuss, Raymond Loewy, and other designers were artistic achievements. Railroad car interiors evolved from ornate post-Victorian styles in 1900 to modern Art Deco treatments by the 1930s. The lounge cars became artistic works of art that were different on every railroad. Interior designs and levels of service varied on different trains on the same railroad The First Class lounge car with the sleeping car section was always superior to the coach class lounges. The lounge cars on the Super Chief, 20th Century Limited or the Broadway Limited were each totally unique.

wrap text around imageDining cars also reflected the evolving artistic tastes with distinctive china and silverware that were different on each railroad. Items that started with the Pullman Company and the railroads including Amtrak that survived are vintage collectibles today. Shown are examples of railroad dining car china each with their own artistic patters. The Pullman Company's Indian Tree design was famous for decades before the company ceased dining car operations in the early 1950s.

                  Pullman Company platter

             Great Northern Railway platter

 

              Pullman Creamer

           Pullman Coffee Pot

 

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