A New Addition to the Library’s Collection!


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Hello readers,

We here at the Library have some exciting news: the Library has been fortunate enough to receive a donated collection of cruise ship paraphernalia from Mr. and Mrs. Beazley. The collection is quite extensive, and includes thousands of items ranging from ship plans to cruise schedules and everything in between. There is a good bit of history in the Beazley Collection, with some of the items dating to the early 20th century. Among the objects in this collection are a set of items I think worth mentioning particularly: menus.


The Beazley Collection contains some wonderfully colorful and beautiful cruise ship menus, ranging in date from the 1930s to the 1980s. I think this range in dates is of special importance because it gives the viewer a chance to see how cruise ship aesthetics have changed over time in accordance with their clientele. This must say something about the particular society and culture at which the menus were aimed, don’t you think? In addition, the menus come from different cruise lines operating from different countries, which means that they represent different societal aesthetic preferences; this is quite interesting when one thinks about why, for example, a German cruise ship would have menu illustrations of one kind, but an American cruise ship’s menu would have illustrations of a completely different nature.


The Beazley Collection as a whole contains much valuable material, but I think the menus are among the most fun items to look at (they are certainly some of the prettiest objects). Below are some examples of the different types of menus in the Collection; enjoy the view!

Auld Lang Syne B41 F7 Samaria                 Admiral Evans 50 F1                  B5 F27 Olympiade 1936 menu 

SS Samaria                                                       SS Admiral Evans                           Olympiade menu from 1936


Columbus blue man on horse menu B50 F11                  Bremen 1929-1939 3 Asian figures B6 F29                    Brittanic the Coronation Spoon menu B50 F7 

SS Columbus                                                  SS Bremen 1929-1939                          SS Brittanic


Bremen 1929-1939 Schlof Fussen B6 F29                 Menu for Normandie ov4                 Columbus gold cityscape menu B50 F11 

SS Bremen 1929-1939                            SS Normandie                                          SS Columbus

Mississippi Queen bill of fare B 25 F 15                         Swedish American Line Kungsholm 1928-1941 B21 F1


Mississippi Queen                                                    SS Kungsholm 1928-1941

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  1. I have been looking over your great collection of menus and have one comment. I do not think you should use the term USS unless you are talking about a US Navy ship. The proper term would be SS for a US Merchant ship, for foreign ones there may be other abbreviations, such as MARU for Japanese ships. Some US liners may have been Naval auxiliaries and used USS in wartime.

    Norm Cubberly–say hello to Jay for me.

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