Love these shots, I will have to find the images of her that I have in the Salvage yard, but were they are at the moment I am not sure as they are of 8 x 10 size and those are elsewhere.
However, while we are on the Normandie, how many other fans out there?
Here is an item of high historical value, an original signed minograph/carbon copy of the Report of the Commandant on the requisition of the Normandie. This report is six pages long and was prepared and presented to the French Line on January 29, 1942.
However, don't ask me to transcribe it since it is all in French, and the last french class I took was over 25 years ago.
Count me in as a fan! These photos make me want to cry- such a waste- like Marilyn Monroe- she went too young, tragically and at her peak of popularity and beauty. Sad as they are these are spectacular photos- where DO you find these gems!!!?
MAIDEN VOYAGE PHOTOS: On a happier note, these photos were taken by a passenger aboard the United States Lines Manhattan (or George Washington- I forget which was in port the day of the Maiden departure of the Normandie. They are heavily annotated on the back sides, but give no clue as to the name of the traveller who took them. Here is the Ile de France with the stern of the Normandie at the right
A lot of the items I find take a lot of time in searching, and being it the right spot at the right time. Most of the best finds in my collection haven't come from Ebay, or the major Ocean liner dealers, but have been made just by wandering through the various antique shops and books stores and making connections with the various Antique Dealers in the area.
I tend not to take other ocean liner collector's with me as they get mad when I find it first, or the dealer offers it to me as I walk in the door. :>)
We won't take about how much I spent at the Fall River Maritime Museum's book sale a several years back, the trunk of the car was full though, to the dismay of many of our mutual associates.
I managed another great find today - The original hard bound government report on the inquiry into the Loss of the U.S.B.S. "Maine".
Twenty three days of testimony on the disaster, and the plans, exhibits and photograhs.
One of the odder aspects of the post 1936 refit Normandie was that the new Tourist Class sports deck was literally a short jump's distance from the best first class suites' private terraces, and had a nice unobstructed view into their living and dining rooms. As seen in this photo it seems that the French Line initially made no provision for privacy. Later, an awkward light-smothering roof and partial wall was erected around the terraces which, if anything, probably made things worse. One wonders what the two women travelling in the suite (visible at their "private" rail thought of this arrangement
The caption on the above picture belonged on this one. My mistake. These were all taken from a roll of negatives I picked up a few months ago. Of the 32 photos, ten were classics, ten alright, and the balance fair-to-pointless.
And to accompany Steven's 1941 memo, is a snapshot taken in the early part of that year (it is captioned "Normandie 1941" in pen on the margin) after the routine external maintanance of the ship had been "deferred" but before the deterioration seen in later 1941 views was evident.