Parlour suites


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Does somebody has pictures of the parlor suites of Titanic? I read somewhere (in another thread I think) there only exist photo's of cabins B-52 and B-56, but if you've got a picture of cabin B-54, please, send me...

Oh, yes... I want to find out more about the styles of the suites B-52, 54, 56, but.. what are the exact styles of these cabins? I'm asking this because in some threads people say B-52 is Louis XVI, and in other it's Empire...

I hope this is not too difficult for you...

Regards,
Paul.
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Brian R Peterson

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Hi Paul,

There are some photos of B52 and one of B54 that are authentic Titanic. You can sort out the authentic B52 Titanic by the different layout than Olympic, the fireplace has moved to the back wall and where the fireplace is now the door to the promenade.

It has also been suggested that the Parlor Suites on Titanic did not have the tables or sofas, but I have found no proof to back or deny this.

B52 on Titanic was indeed Louis XVI - the Empire decor which you speak of refers to the style of which the B54 and B56 bedroom suites were done in - quite an unusual feature as no two adjoined cabins feature the same decor style anywhere else in First Class.

For future reference, B51 was Adams, however it is unknown as to which decor the bedroom suites were done in, from my research it would seem they were both done in polished wood, possibly in Louis Seize or Regence.

Best Regards,

Brian
 
Dec 7, 2000
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Brian,

I know of no photos of B52 or B54. The only authentic Titanic photo of a parlor suite cabin is that of B51.

Whilst B54 is in Empire style, B56 was a completely different style.

Daniel.
 
Nov 6, 2004
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Hello,
I have a small Titanic book which describes a bedroom photograph as being from one of the B-deck parlor suites. The book has other photographs that are authentic interior Titanic shots, but are generally well known (from a newspaper maybe?).

With that and from what Daniel said, it most likely is of another cabin. I have no idea which cabin it is, because this book (an obscure title by John P. Papp) is the only place I have seen the photo. Copyright matters may prevent posting it, but does anybody know if such a parlor suite photo exists? Thank you!
 
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Jeffrey Beaudry

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Would it be possible for anyone to post the pictures of the parlour suites?
 

Steve Olguin

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I could have sworn that at some point and time I too had seen an authentic photo of Titanic's B-52. I remember a square marble fireplace on the forward bulkhead... I think I may be loosing my mind. If Daniel says there is no known photo, then I am sure he is right. He seems to know most about the interiors.
 
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Who knows? Maybe you were fortunate and viewed a long lost photograph, Steve. The hopes for my "discovery" seem to have been dashed, as I suspected anyway.

I found the picture from the book on this web page for The Illustrated London News, which was the original source.

The photograph is much darker in my book, and of course shows mostly just the bed. The brighter image on the Web reveals more detail and closely resembles a Harland & Wolff photo of cabin B-59. If it isn't B-59, it still looks a lot like Old Dutch to my extremely untrained eye (not sure of the styles in the other bedrooms besides B-54's, mentioned above).

In any case, it almost certainly is not any of the cabins from B-53 to B-56, despite the book's caption. If anyone can ID exactly which stateroom this is, please share. Thanks!
 
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I apologize, Steve, if the opening of my last post seemed sarcastic; I was being completely serious and hope you weren't offended. I also apologize for my question possibly getting lost in all of my rambling. What I meant to ask was:



Which stateroom is shown in the photograph on this web page?



Thank you very much to anyone who has some ideas.
 
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Diego Uriol

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Hi Patrick!
The photo is from cabin B-57, it was decorated and furnished in Old Dutch style and this stateroom was between the most luxurious on the ship.
Best Regards,
Diego
 

Jenna Mayes

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I know Mr. J. Bruce Ismay Ocuppied the cabins in question, B-52, 54, 56. Here is a picture I found on the message boards of these cabins, hope it helps!
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Brian R Peterson

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Hi Jenna,

That photo is actually of the C-62 sitting room. You can tell this because the door to the private promenade was where the fireplace is in B-52.

Also the decor is wrong, B-52 was Louis XVI this room is Louis Seize.

Best Regards,

Brian
 
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Sorry, because it's been two years since there was a post in this thread. However, I just wanted to say that I think Jenna is right, the photo actually shows the equivalent of the cabin B52 on the Olympic. In his documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, James Cameron went into B52, he did an amazing footage of the fireplace mantle, and I must say that it absolutely matches the one in this photo of Olympic's stateroom. Nevertheless, I've got one photo of cabin C62 on the Olympic. The panelling of this stateroom was sold in 1935, and there's a recent photo of them that shows that the walls were much darker than B52. [photo removed due to copyright issues - MHS]
 
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Nicolas, I hate to be a stick in the mud but I can't help but notice the watermark of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

Since the mark indicates that they hold a copyright to the photo, I have to ask, did you have their permission to post it here?
 

Dieter Klimow

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The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum does not only hold the copyright for the photo, but they also have all the original glass negatives from H&W in their archive. You can order prints there (www.titanicinbelfast.com, this is where the preview image comes from, see Purchase/Olympic/Accommodation), and if you think that £10 for a 10"x8" print is too much, you have absolutely no idea what kind of quality they are.

A set of prints had been ordered there to be used for the production of James Cameron's 1997 Titanic.
 
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In light of this information, I regret that I was obliged to delete the photo due to possible copyright infringement.

For future reference, when posting such material, please make sure it is either free of copyright or that permission has been obtained from the copyright holder before posting with the permissions indicated.
 
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Sorry, I'll be more careful next time. I just had the photo in my computer and found that it would be interesting to see this very rare photo of cabin C62. I did not watch out. I just wanted to share this with all those fanatics like me. Thanks to Dieter Klimow, there's now a link to see the photo in the original website, I can just say that it's a wonderful and very interesting website !
 

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