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Queen Mary: Liner that helped launch monster cruise ships

Write-up of the Queen Mary, which launched 80 years ago and was built with a super luxurious Art Deco (Modern) interior.

From the article:

Cunard, the ship’s operator, had been synonymous with discreet comfort, says John Graves, curator of ship history at the National Maritime Museum in London. “But with the Queen Mary there was a nod to modernity, particularly to art deco.” The first class dining room had a chart of the North Atlantic, tracking its position and that of its sister ship the Queen Elizabeth - their meeting in the mid Atlantic was highly anticipated. Ladies’ furs were stored in a cold room. The Verandah Grill had a sundeck where one could dance the night away. And first class cabins were equipped with a telephone that could call anywhere in the world.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia from the State Library of New South Wales
1940s shot of the bridge as seen from the ferry at the Circular Quay. More photos of the bridge here. 
From the archive:

Morning passengers leave the Manly ferry with wharves and Harbour Bridge in the background, Circular Quay, ca. 1946-1949 by Australian Geographical Society

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia
from the State Library of New South Wales

1940s shot of the bridge as seen from the ferry at the Circular Quay. More photos of the bridge here

From the archive:

Morning passengers leave the Manly ferry with wharves and Harbour Bridge in the background, Circular Quay, ca. 1946-1949 by Australian Geographical Society

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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia from the State Library of New South Wales
And now for the first of a dozen great vintage shots of the iconic Harbour Bridge. This particular shot is a construction shot from 1930 which also features two airplanes, Charles Ulm’s “Southern Sun” & a Gypsy Moth. (The planes were added to the image after the fact to make it more dramatic.) More photos of the bridge here. 

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, Australia
from the State Library of New South Wales

And now for the first of a dozen great vintage shots of the iconic Harbour Bridge. This particular shot is a construction shot from 1930 which also features two airplanes, Charles Ulm’s “Southern Sun” & a Gypsy Moth. (The planes were added to the image after the fact to make it more dramatic.) More photos of the bridge here

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Cinesound Studios, Sydney, Australia from the State Library of New South Wales
And look, another gorgeous, streamlined Pontiac! (Also, actress in jodhpurs.) 
From the archive:

Film actor Helen Twelvetrees and her 1935 Pontiac, Cinesound Studios, Sydney, 1936 / Sam Hood 
Notes: One of the first American women to star in an Australian film

Cinesound Studios, Sydney, Australia
from the State Library of New South Wales

And look, another gorgeous, streamlined Pontiac! (Also, actress in jodhpurs.)

From the archive:

Film actor Helen Twelvetrees and her 1935 Pontiac, Cinesound Studios, Sydney, 1936 / Sam Hood 

Notes: One of the first American women to star in an Australian film

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A.P.A. Building, Sydney, Australia from the State Library of New South Wales
In this 1937 photo taken at the Australian Provincial Assurance (A.P.A.) Building, a man demonstrates the detail of his invention, a new steel frame demountable window for cleaning. Meanwhile you can see another (?) Art Deco building out the window, in the background. 

A.P.A. Building, Sydney, Australia
from the State Library of New South Wales

In this 1937 photo taken at the Australian Provincial Assurance (A.P.A.) Building, a man demonstrates the detail of his invention, a new steel frame demountable window for cleaning. Meanwhile you can see another (?) Art Deco building out the window, in the background. 

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