“You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck…I have no time for such nonsense.”
At the mention of steam power, we often envision roaring freight trains winding through the countryside. In the early twentieth-century, the power of steam was also moving massive freighters across the Great Lakes.
Not far from my childhood home is a rail bed that once belonged to the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad. Many of my summer afternoons were spent patiently waiting along the rails for a glimpse of the local shortline freight train to pass. Those lazy afternoons gave me time to imagine what it would have been like to see a mighty A&GW train rumble pass.
The SS Conte Grande was a Lloyd Sabaudo Line ocean liner built in 1927 by Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino in Trieste, Italy, to service the transatlantic passenger line between Genoa, Italy, and New York City. Launched on 29 June 1927, her maiden voyage was from Genoa to Naples to New York City, which occurred on 13 April 1928. SS Conte Grande had what could only be described as the most magnificent public rooms on any ship at the time. She was decorated in the then popular Chinoiserie style, gilt and marble.
No cell phones, no internet, no GPS, yet people were happy. Looking back to the simpler times of yesteryear is always fun. OLD PAPER is my new project devoted to collecting and sharing great print advertising of the past. The collection is slowly growing and includes everything from tires and cameras to salt alternatives and radios. View the Old Paper Project at http://Paper.ThomConte.com.