SOS: SS UNITED STATES CONSERVANCY GROUP VISITS THE WOLFSONIAN LIBRARY

At last month’s end, the executive and managing directors Susan Gibbs and Dan McSweeney, and Joyce Landry of the SS United States Conservancy came to The Wolfsonian to meet with our own director Cathy Leff.

The group met in our library to discuss some issues related to their plans for the restoration and curatorial development of the transatlantic liner and ideas for possible future collaborations. The Conservancy is dedicated to transforming the historic liner into a 20,000-square-foot museum with some other mixed-use space. The group was here in Miami to investigate some permanent “anchorage” possibilities for their projected floating Center of American Design and Discovery.

The timing of their visit to The Wolfsonian was fortuitous as our current library display highlighted materials from another cruise line company, Moore-McCormack Lines’ Good Neighbor Fleet. This company took advantage of government policies and subsidies established in the New Deal era that encouraged the expansion of U.S. flag shipping, even as it aimed to establish friendly commerce and tourist trade relations with our South American neighbors.

GIFT OF THOMAS C. RAGAN

The items on exhibit are part of a recent donation to the collection made by Thomas C. Ragan, and include such things as photographs documenting the conversion of the Moore-McCormack’s ships from troop transports back to luxury liners, as well as promotional brochures, deck plans, photographs, match covers from the post-World War Two era.

GIFTS OF THOMAS C. RAGAN

The exhibit also features a number of Moore-McCormack Line menus from the 1950s decorated with cover illustrations by Ada Peacock that highlight the colorful costumes of the native peoples of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.

GIFTS OF THOMAS C. RAGAN

In addition to the items on display in our foyer, the visitors were also able to see a representative sampling of ocean liner materials laid out on the tables of our main reading room.

GIFT OF RUTH KEYSER KRUGER

GIFTS OF LAURENCE MILLER

Assuming that they were well familiar with ephemera produced for the SS United States, this impromptu display emphasized materials from other American and European steamship lines from both the interwar and postwar periods.

MITCHELL WOLFSON, JR. COLLECTION

GIFT OF LAURENCE MILLER

~ by "The Chief" on October 10, 2012.

One Response to “SOS: SS UNITED STATES CONSERVANCY GROUP VISITS THE WOLFSONIAN LIBRARY”

  1. Great blog!!!! Thanks.

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