A cross view and looking aft in the 1st class saloon, RMS Olympic, White Star Line, 1920-21. The Olympic was sister ship to the ill-fated Titanic and Britannic. This Bedford Lemere and Company photograph was commissioned by the White Star Line, which was also known as the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, and was probably taken at Southampton docks
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print takes us back in time to the opulent 1st class saloon of the RMS Olympic, a majestic ship that shared its lineage with both the Titanic and Britannic. As we gaze upon this cross view from an aft perspective, we are transported to an era of elegance and luxury. The intricate details of the saloon's interior design come alive through this Bedford Lemere and Company photograph commissioned by the White Star Line. Every element exudes grandeur - from the ornate chandeliers casting a warm glow on polished wood paneling, to plush velvet upholstery adorning comfortable seating arrangements. It is easy to imagine passengers mingling here, engaging in lively conversations amidst a backdrop of sophistication. The atmosphere is one of exclusivity, where only those fortunate enough could experience such refinement while traversing across vast oceans. As our eyes wander through this timeless image captured at Southampton docks, we cannot help but feel a sense of awe for the craftsmanship that went into creating such an exquisite space. This photograph serves as a reminder not only of maritime history but also as a testament to human ingenuity and ambition. Preserved within Historic England Archive, this remarkable piece allows us to glimpse into an era long gone yet forever etched in our collective memory. It invites us to appreciate the artistry and magnificence that once graced these mighty vessels which sailed across tumultuous seas with grace and majesty.
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