36 original large format gelatin prints backed with linen of the Swedish American cruise ship the MS Kungsholm, all but one depicting interior views with tabs delineating the first, second, and third class sections of the ship, including the first class promenade garden lounge, aviary, foyer and staircase, smoking salon, dining salon, deluxe cabin, swimming pool, library, stateroom, and gymnasium, the second class promenade deck, lounge, smoking room, dining room, library, playroom, and cabins, and the third class promenade deck, cabins, sitting room, dining room, and smoking room, each photograph captioned and numbered along bottom edge within the print. Some minor creasing, very good overall. Oblong 4to. Boards, gilt-stamped "M.S. Kungsholm" and "Swedish American Line" to front cover. n.p. (Gothenburg?) n.d. (circa 1930).
A stunning survey of 1930's Swedish luxury decorative arts and interior design, with much inspiration taken from art deco, and a fascinating look at the interior of an ocean liner at the height of its glory. The MS Kungsholm was built at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in 1928 and made transatlantic trips from Gothenburg to New York from 1928 to 1941. In 1938, as the flagship of the Swedish American line, the MS Kungsholm carried the Crown Prince and Princess of Sweden. The ship was requisitioned for service in 1941, placed under control of the US Goverment's War Shipping Administration, and had its name changed to the John Ericsson. After the war, it was sold back to the Swedish American Line, changing hands several times before becoming a floating hotel owned by Freeport Bahama Enterprises. The ship was finally scrapped in 1965. As of November 2015, we can not locate any listings of this volume through WorldCat. Book ID: 48376