As promised, here is one of the postcard series Mama Snail and her fiance brought back from their night aboard the Queen Mary. They’re not really postcards, as they’re printed on photo paper and not intended for mailing, but I like ’em just the same.
If you’re not familiar with the Queen Mary, she’s a luxury ocean liner from 1936, when this photo series was taken. A ship for trans-atlantic crossings, early passengers included Winston Churchill, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, George and Ira Gershwin, Mary Pickford, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The Queen Mary and her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth–not referring to Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I’s relationship–“Mary” is for current king Edward V’s wife–were the largest and fastest ocean liners in the world at the time. This proved handy when she was painted gray and served as a troopship in WWII, earning the nickname the Gray Ghost.
Ghosts, in fact, have come out since the ship was retired in 1967. Spending her golden years in Long Beach, California, where she serves as a hotel, museum and event space, staff and guests frequently encounter strange phenomena and see spirits that indeed reflect the Queen Mary’s history.
Next I’ll post a photo series of the craftsmen and artists creating these stunning interiors, so check back soon!