I heard there was once a Titanic model on display at Northtown Mall in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, metro area, which then went to a museum out east.
This wasn't by any chance the model from the Webb-Stanwyck film, was it?
Rich- the model was moved, through negotiations with the THS and is now in the Fall River Marine Museum- it has been restored with proper davits and Liverpool substituted for SOUTHAMPTON on her stern. There was quite a hoopla when she arrived by flatbed- champagne "launch" and a bunch of us THSers "unveiled " her. I will get the website and post it.
Tons of nice stuff at this museum on Titanic and other liners. The Cecelie's bell is there, lots of paddlesteamer displays- gorgeous models. The Titanic model lights up and is spectacular. A very large TITANIC lobby poster is hanging over it- an original. Mrs. Robb had her father's ring there for a while- it had Neptune's trident on it. Ironic. she would come to talk to students occasionally-my students were thrilled and still remember her. Her son Newell, was the director for a time. It is a small museum but well worth the trip- Battleship Massachusetts and other naval vessels are in the exhibit and can be toured as well. It is right UNDER the Braga Bridge off 195.
My hunch was correct! Yayyyy!
Northtown Mall a "hysterical" place for the model?
Not to me, Shelly! I'm glad to know it came to the good ol' Gopher State for awhile. Maybe it was even still there when I saw the '53 film long ago in the early 1980's.
The model was moved to Fall River in 1985. It was unvelied on April 14, 1985.
Don't you remember that hectic weekend? Television cameras, racing between Connecticut and Massachusetts, bringing Marshall back and forth....he never made it to the museum because the television crew wore him out the whole day at your house.
Wow- talk about gaps in postings! I gather some overtures have been made for the Malta RTT model- but to no avail and the last I heard it was a rusting hulk in a back field. The Stanwyck flick model however has been nicely refurbished by the dad of a nun friend of mine (small world)-the proper style davits, port of registry, etc.- and she looks shipshape in Fall River. There was, I understand from those who know, a thought to moving it to Indian Orchard when the rest of their exhibit left last year, but there is some legal clause in the original agreement which keeps it in Fall River. I am glad as it is part of Battleship Cove and enjoys a wider audience in its current location. Here it is lit up and mesmerizing an eighth grade class.
This is the bow model at the Greenwich Maritime Museum (1995)- I wonder what happened to it? It was very effective on its sandy seabed in a dark room-one looked down into it from above- great blue lighting effects. Is anyone keeping a list of all these Titanic models?
If you would like, I have a worn but still very readable copy of Sea Classics magazine put out in the early summer of 1974. It is primarily devoted to Titanic coverage and features a 2-page article with photos detailing the restoration of the 1953 model and then being placed on display at the mall you mentioned. At one point, somebody in Hollywood tried to make a "Queen Mary" model over the original "Titanic" version. They had to re-do the WHOLE thing.! Just let me know and I'll either post highlights of the article here, or mail you a copy.
I wrote the 1974 article about the Titanic model used the the 1953 Fox film TITANIC. After filming TITANIC in late 1952, the model was altered to be both the ILE DE PARIS and QUEEN MARY for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. A new bow and stern were added, the three Queen Mary funnels and box type ventilators. The model was stored until 1971 at the Fox Malibu lot and then was sold off at auction. Robert Muir bought many of the movie models and refurbished the Titanic model by putting the four Titanic funnels back on and other cosmetic work. Incidentally, only the port side of the model was detailed. The model was displayed at a mall in Blaine, Minnesota for about ten years, and then was trucked to Fall River, Mass where it has undergone more restoration. The gravity davits of the Queen Mary have been replaced by the correct Welin davits and the lighting system has been restored. As for the Ile de Paris shots in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a close look at the DVD shows they used the Queen Mary version of the Titanic model with the film printed backwards! The Ile de Paris sails left to right and the Queen Mary sails right to left! Robert H. Gibbons, Co-Founder and Past President, Titanic Historical Society, Inc.
I've seen this model in the Museum in Fall River. It is very nice! In fact, we were there right before closing and thus the only ones left. So the guide turned off the house lights and lit up the model for us to see in the darkened room. Very impressive indeed!
I visited the model last week, Bob- and it looks great. The man who restored the model was the father of one of the nuns at the school where I used to teach- small world. The museum facility was being painted, so much of the material was in storage. THS removed their exhibit unexpectedly about 3 years ago as you may know. So the exhibit is a little sparse, but the model alone is worth the trip, and still has a nice photo of Mrs. Robb with an audio tape. Mr. Newell's ring is gone, the large movie poster is there, and the great painted backdrop of the grand staircase which , if memory serves, was at the THS convention in Delaware in 1985 or 6. There is also a good display of Andrea Doria artifacts.