Collection of Photographs of Interiors of the Swedish American Cruise Ship MS Kungsholm
by Swedish American Line
36 original gelatin prints backed with linen of the Swedish American cruise ship the MS Kungsholm, all but one depicting interior views with tabs delineating the first, second, and third class sections of the ship, including the first class promenade garden lounge, aviary, foyer and staircase, smoking salon, dining salon, deluxe cabin, swimming pool, library, stateroom, and gymnasium, the second class promenade deck, lounge, smoking room, dining room, library, playroom, and cabins, and the third class promenade deck, cabins, sitting room, dining room, and smoking room, each photograph captioned and numbered along bottom edge within the print. Some minor creasing, very good overall. Oblong 4to. Boards, gilt-stamped "M.S. Kungsholm" and "Swedish American Line" to front cover. n.p. (Gothenburg?) n.d. (circa 1953). A stunning survey of 1950's Swedish luxury decorative arts and interior design and a fascinating look at the interior of an ocean liner at the height of its glory. The Swedish American Line was a pioneer cruising company during the 1920s, and after falling on difficult times in the post-war period, the line restarted their commercial and cruise services and decided to order a new ship that could accommodate over 800 passengers. The resulting commission, the MS Kungsholm, was a combination ocean liner/cruise ship built in the Netherlands in 1952-1953 by the De Schelde shipyard. In 1955, it launched on the first around-the-world cruise by a Swedish American ship. Changing hands and names several times, the ship continued sailing until 1984, when it sank in the port of Cadiz, Spain, after hitting a breakwater. As of November 2015, we can not locate any listings of this volume through WorldCat. (Inventory #: 48376)
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