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The Luxe Boat: 1912

The Luxe Boat: 1912

Circa 1912. "Steamer City of Detroit III, grand salon, looking forward." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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I'm positive the word "utilitarian" never found its way into the designer's lexicon.

You can lounge there today

The Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit has the ship's ornate Gothic stained-glass smoking lounge.

Museum info

Too Bland

It needs slot machines, card tables, neon effects ad nauseam, and oh yes at least one gift shop. Then it would look like a real cruise ship.

As seen on TV

Luxe, exciting and new.
Come aboard, we're expecting you.
Luxe, life's sweetest reward.
Let it flow, it floats back to you.

The luxe boat soon will be making another run ...
The luxe boat promises something for everyone.
Set a course for adventure, your mind on a new romance.

And ... Luxe won't hurt anymore.
It's an open smile, on a friendly shore.
Welcome aboard, it's LUUUUUUUUUUUUUXE!

Classical Decor

Very fancy decor from the era of the Titanic.

To judge from the wings on the man, the center painting looks to be of Cupid and Psyche. The bas-relief above it is a nereid riding a hippocampus, which fits in a bit better with a nautical theme.

Almost perfect

I was going to say I finally found where I want to have my funeral, but I don't think it's quite big enough to accommodate a performance of the Berlioz Requiem.

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