London. Cunard Line. 1956.
Seven ephemeral items (Menus and "Daily Programmes") relating to R.M.S. "Queen Elizabeth" in a passage from New York to England in April 1956. Some of the items are labelled "Cabin Class" (a notch down from "First"). Three of the items are menus, and four are titled "Programme for Today." These latter items make clear Cunard’s desire to keep passenger’s from going mad by featuring films, tea dances, cocktail hours, Gala Dinners, and other horrors, as for instance the "Fancy Head-Dress Parade followed by DANCING." Presumably a good time was had by all, with puke quickly removed from the dance floor. The ship, by the early 70s, was owned by a Chinese businessman. Undergoing refurbishment, it mysteriously sank in 1972 in a Hong Kong harbor. The items described above are in excellent clean condition, with some disoriented penmanship on two of the menus indicating over-drinking. Engaging ephemeral items for niche collectors. Item #54704