[American President Lines]. First Edition. Travel poster printed in full color, recto only. Measures 23.25 inches x 34.5 inches (59cm x 87cm). Near Fine condition, with slight waviness along left edge that is readily flattened under glass. No tearing, no creases, but two slight abrasions verso, as if tape had been hastily removed, not affecting image. Very slight fading to color along the "LSON" of Wilson, but only slightly perceptible, and that might be a production flaw, or design effect as to show variation in the polished brass look of nameplate lettering. The other copy we've seen had a similar condition. Not a reproduction. Near Fine. Item #1534
Original early-60s travel poster promoting travel to Hong Kong, one of the Asia ports called at by the S.S. President Wilson, a passenger cruise ship of the American President Lines. The American President Lines (APL) was founded with the US government's acquisition of the faltering Dollar Shipping Line. APL implemented round-the-world passenger service, enhancing its fleet in 1946 with the SS President Cleveland and SS President Wilson. The ships were promoted as "your American hotel abroad." Vintage photograph of the SS President Wilson sailing past a sea-going Chinese junk juxtaposes the luxury of modern passenger liner travel with the age-old traditional Chinese sailing craft. Original paper, not linen-backed. Ephemera included with the poster includes a passenger manifest for a January, 1958 sailing of the SS WIlson from San Francisco to Honolulu, Yokohama, Manila, Hong Kong, Kobe and return, as well as two menus from the SS President Cleveland, August 1959. Bookseller inventory A04208S.