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Alaska Steamship Company]
Archive of Ephemera from a Voyage to Alaska Aboard the Alaska Line, Including Menus and Five Issues of the Shipboard Newspaper, "The Morning Alaskan"]
[At sea, 1934. Five issues of The Morning Alaskan, each 4pp. Also, four leaves of manuscript, four mimeo news sheets, two passenger lists, thirteen menus, and related material. Light wear and chipping to edges of newsletters and news sheets, heavier to news sheets. Light wear overall. A nice archive of ephemera collected during a voyage from Seattle to Alaska aboard the S.S. Alaska. Founded in 1894, the Alaska Steamship Company ran cargo and passenger service to Alaska from Seattle through the mid-1950s, at which point it became a freight-only company until its demise in 1971. The materials here, likely saved from a voyage in June 1934, provide a glimpse into Alaskan cruise tourism during the height of the Great Depression. There are four daily mimeo "news sheets" titled "Sense and Nonsense," which are filled with one-liner inside jokes about the goings-on about the ship: "Mr Sullivan, his own is still holding against all comers, and how!!" and "Who was the boyfriend in Ketchikan, Rose? The flowers, at least, were beautiful." Additionally, thirteen menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. The shipboard newspaper, The Morning Alaskan, features ads and a vignette of the ship on the first page, followed by a mixture of news and tidbits from locales across the globe. One issue includes news about the dock strike in San Francisco, the reappearance of a missing Japanese Vice Consul in Shanghai, and sports news. It was a fairly sophisticated production, presumably with the first page pre-printed and then the interior mimeographed aboard ship. The manuscript leaves contain bri … [Click Below for Full Description]
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