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Michael Friedman Publishing, New York. 1990. This book traces the exciting history of the liner from the early days of paddlewheelers and sail-rigged vessels through the glory days of the 1920s and 30s to todays focus on affordable, relaxing cruises. Relive the years of innovation as Great Britain and Germany engaged in competition for the business of wealthy frequent travellers. Sail in comfort once again as the liner becomes the only way for businessmen vacationers, immigrants, and even royalty to cross the Atlantic. Revisit the days of growth in ship size, popularity, and comfort during the years before World War 2, the impressment of the liners during the war, and the changing emphasis of the liners from transatlantic travel to cruising in the age of air travel. Exquisitely illustrated with liner ephemera - place mats, menus, brochures, posters paintings, contemporary photographs and interestingly ship lapel badges. Illustrated dust jacket over blue cloth covered end boards. Fine condition. 365 mm x 270 mm. 144pp..