Author(s): Daniel Finamore
The golden age of ocean liners is inextricably linked with the key decorative trends of the 20th century Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Modernism. This lavish visual feast explores the technical, aesthetic, cultural, and political factors that came together to define such an iconic mode of travel, considering all aspects of the ocean liner experience, from the striking marketing images, aspirational booking offices, and landmark headquarters of the major shipping companies to the ships opulent interiors and triumphs of engineering. The fashions required for a crossing are also explored, along with the evolution of the ships social and public spaces, as once-rigid class structures and attitudes became relaxed. Closing the book is an exploration of the impact of the ocean liner on the wider art and design world an icon of modernity that influenced everyone from the Futurists to Le Corbusier.
Daniel Finamore is Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Ghislaine Wood is Deputy Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England."
Directors' Foreword - Dan L. Monroe and Tim Reeve; Acknowledgements; Introduction - Daniel Finamore and Ghislaine Wood; 1 Promoting Liners; Advertising the Ocean Liner - Catherine Flood; A Close-Up Picture of A Mighty Project: Promotional Exhibition Models - George Schwartz; The Architecture of Promotion - Bruce Peter; Compagnie Generale Transatlantique: Identity Through Time - Dorian Dallongeville; 2 Shipbuilding: Speed, Safety and Comfort - John R. Hume; 3 Floating Palaces: Victorian and Edwardian Ships - Bernhard Rieger; 4 Inter-War Liners: The Politics of Style - Ghislaine Wood; Liners at War - Meredith More; 5 Post-War Liners: 1945-1975 - Bruce Peter; Gio Ponti - Paolo Piccione; 6 The Idealized Society of the Ocean Liner - Daniel Finamore; SS United States, Daniel Finamore and Sarah N. Chasse; 7 Floating In a Dreamland: Fashion and Spectacle on Board - Michelle Tolini Finamore; 8 Modernist Architecture and the Liner - Tim Benton; Streamlining - Ghislaine Wood; 9 The Liner as Machine - Anna Ferrari; 10 The Afterlife of Ships - Daniel Finamore and Ghislaine Wood; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index; Photography Credits; Notes on Contributors