Vintage American Export Lines SS Constitution Nautical Poster on Board

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Vintage American Export Lines SS Constitution Nautical Poster on Board

Condition consistent with age and history. Some fading/discoloration and tears due to age. Please use zoom feature to check item condition and contact us with any questions prior to purchasing. Thank you.

Approximate Dimensions: 30" wide x 23" high

Approximate Weight: 1.5 lbs. 

The sister ships Constitution and Independence were extremely successful on their "Sunlane Route" between New York, Algeciras (6 days), Cannes, Genoa (8 days) and Naples (9 days). During the peak summer months they supported a three week round trip express service, whereas at other times stopovers were lengthened and a selection of rewarding ports like Casablanca, Tenerife, Madeira and Palma were added to make a slightly longer, more cruise-like voyage.

They were the first large American ocean liners built for the Mediterranean trade. Each class was afforded a dining room, lounge and bar. First class and Cabin class each had their own outdoor pool, with First class also featuring card and writing rooms and a Pool Cafe. They were well maintained and sleek, yet without an exaggerated sense of luxury.

The publicity department was always busy keeping the twins in the limelight. President Truman as well as Hollywood stars like Greta Garbo, Mae West and Gina Lollobrigida sailed on the trendy liners, along with cardinals, bishops and Moroccan and Arabian royalty. The Constitution even transported actress Grace Kelly and 90 guests to the principality of Monaco for her royal wedding to Prince Rainier in 1956. The message was clear that these ocean liners were preferred by fashionable and influential people.

Fifty-five additional First class staterooms on two decks and an enclosed Solarium were added in 1959, changing the sisters' profiles. In 1960 their hulls were painted white to emphasize their cruising status.