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Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

We visited the new V&A, Dundee, last week where the first exhibition was on Ocean Liners, with the sub-heading Speed and Style:-

Poster For Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

Exhibition Poster, V&A entrance behind:-

Ocean Liners Exhibition Poster & V&A, Dundee

This post only scratches the surface of what is a sumptuous exhibition which is mainly a feast of Art Deco style reflecting the ocean liner’s inter-wars heyday.

Brochure for French shipping line:-

Shipping Line Brochure, Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

United States Lines Brochure:-

United States Lines Brochure,  Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

It’s not exclusively Art Deco, though. This is a Louis XIV style door from a pre World War 1 French liner:-

Loius XIV Door. Ocean Liners Exhibition, V&A, Dundee

A similar Louis XIV style panel and chair:-

Loius XIV Door Panel and Chair

Wall panel from one of the Titanic’s sister ships, SS Olympic:-

Wall Panel from SS Olympic

The ultimate in streamlined ship design. Perhaps it was fortunate this was never built. Everything’s enclosed, there’s no deck where you could take the air. (It also looks a bit like a submarine):-

Streamlined Ship Model

A Cathedral to Spare*

I thought I’d take a respite from Norway for a while so here are some pictures of Liverpool where our friends from Rochdale took us on one of our days with them.

Liverpool is a bustling city with a lot of fine architecture.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral from the side of the River Mersey:-

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

It’s a traditional kind of building, quite chunky and solid.

View from the road:-

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral 2

Liverpool Catholic Cathedral is by contrast in a much more modern style, a bit like a tepee in appearance:-

Liverpool Catholic Cathedral

Keeping up the ecclesiastical theme, the bus tour we were taken on stopped at traffic lights by St Luke’s, a bombed out church which wasn’t restored after World War 2 as reminder and memorial:-

St Luke’s bombed out church:-

Bombed out Church, Liverpool

St Luke’s Church spire:-

Bombed out Church Spire

*As the line from the song In my Liverpool Home has it,

Goodbye to Olden

I took this photo from the ship as we were leaving Olden. It’s a local hotel and has Art Deco/Moderne styling but may be later in construction:-

Art Deco/Moderne Style Hotel, Olden, Norway

There’s a turf-roofed chalet to the right of centre on this photo of the hillside behind the pier:-

Turf Roofed Chalet, Olden, Norway

The locals gave us a flag-waving send-off:-

Farewell from Olden Locals

There was someone in one of the higher up chalets waving a Union Jack but I didn’t manage to get the picture. The ones on the pier had a musical accompaniment:-

Musical Farewell from Olden, Norway

Tower of Empire by Night, Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938

I haven’t done one of these 1938 Empire Exhibition posts for a while but these are two crackers.

On left the Tower of Empire by Night; a Brian Gerald art-drawn postcard by Valentine’s for the Empire Exhibition, Glasgow 1938.

On the right the South Cascade and Tower by Night, Empire Exhibition 1938: a colourised postcard of the Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, 1938.

Tower of Empire by Night
South Cascade and Tower by Night, Empire Exhibition 1938

The Tower at night must have been a wonderful sight.

More Architecture in Blackpool

The Imperial Hotel, an imposing building on Blackpool sea-front now possibly a bit down from its height. The inside walls are covered with photographs of various luminaries who stayed there in its heyday, including the Beatles:-

Imperial Hotel Blackpool

Blackpool Town Hall. Victorian high style:-

Blackpool Town Hall

Stained glass windows in Blackpool’s Town Hall:-

Stained Glass, Blackpool Town Hall

Norbreck Castle Hotel. A modern castellated fantasy. From south:-

Norbreck Castle Hotel

From southwest:-

Suide View, Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool

Northern part of Norbreck Castle Hotel complex:-

Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool

From north:-

Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpoo, From Northl

Art Deco in Blackpool (x) Yates

A stunner to finish Blackpool’s Art Deco with. Yates. Everything you could want in an Art Deco building (except perhaps for primary coloured paint, original windows and a flagpole.)

Art Deco Yates, Blackpool

Reverse view. Sadly with street furniture in the way:-

Yates, Blackpool from right

Yates and a moderne chippy across the road:-

Yates, Blackpool + Another Building

Moderne building on left, Yates to right:-

Yates, Blackpool

Art Deco in Blackpool (ix) The Foxhall

Modern Art Deco in Blackpool.

The Foxhall, Blackpool

Blackpool, The Foxhall

Art Deco in Blackpool (viii) Seen from a Tram

We took a Blackpool tram all the way up to Fleetwood and back down to the southern terminus then back up to Blackpool again.

I’m afraid some of these photos are blurry due to being taken through the tram’s window.

Lots of the tram stops have deco features:-

Tram Stop, Blackpool

Another Blackpool Tram Stop

Including Bispham:-

Bispham Tram Stop, Blackpool

This is the former Store Twenty One in Fleetwood, unoccupied at the time of the photo:-

Art Deco Shop, Fleetwood, Lancashire

I saw Fleetwood’s football ground off in the distance but too far for a photo. The town has a more or less typical seaside town park and pavilion but looks alittle down on its luck. not too many people about. Note too the bus shelter:-

Pavilion, Fleetwood, Lancashire

Reverse view:-

Fleetwood Pavilion

Art Deco in Blackpool (vii) Pleasure Beach

Pleasure Beach Casino. The curves on the building but especially the tower are deco features:-

Blackpool, Pleasure Beach Casino

A very geometric rectilinear tower inside Blackpool Pleasure Beach:-

Art Deco Tower, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Art Deco in Blackpool (vi) New Oceans Hotel and Solaris

New Oceans Hotel:-

New Oceans Hotel, Blackpool

Rounded windows and horizontal columns plus canopy in central portion:-

New Oceans Hotel, Blackpool from left

Solaris. Modern deco style:-

Solaris, Blackpool


Solaris, Blackpool, Front view

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