It’s #Throwback Thursday – and many of the modern sailors on our staff wish we could grab a glimpse of cruising in days gone by, when a transatlantic crossing was the primary way to visit Europe.
Luckily for us, our UK office found these gorgeous images, part of a new exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, which shows how that city’s shipping companies promoted themselves to the world for more than a century.
While Liverpool is a little far away for most of us to visit, here are some of the 14 posters, many of which are on display from the Museum’s collection for the very first time.
Early posters show matter-of-fact departure times from the Pier Head to Canada and America when ships were simply a means of getting from A to B (£2 to cross the Atlantic!). The exhibition examines different eras, including a golden age of sea travel in the 1950s – a time when people boarded liners to relax and unwind as cruising became popular.
One of the more colorful and exotic posters in the exhibition is from 1935. Blue Star Line’s Arandora Star to South Africa, Java, Malaya, Ceylon and Egypt (pictured at the top of the post). The poster depicts the vessel berthed alongside palm trees swaying in a tropical paradise.
Liverpool, incidentally, is enjoying its busiest year ever for cruise travel. This summer Liverpool will welcome 52 cruise ships, bringing 70,000 visitors to the city.
Look below for more photos from the Museum. Click the images for larger versions.