What We Saved: Old-Time Ephemera
from the Seaport Museum Archives

Napkin, Photograph, Luggage Tag, Postcard

SS United States
United States Lines

Built in 1952 for the United States Lines, SS United States is the largest ocean liner ever built entirely in the US. On her maiden voyage, she set the record for the fastest transatlantic crossing, making the voyage from New York Harbor to the United Kingdom in 3 days, 10 hours, and 40 minutes, and returning in 3 days, 10 hours, and 12 minutes. Her westbound crossing record is still unbroken.

Lydia DeGuio saved these souvenirs from a trip she took with her family on the SS United States in August 1953. The napkin accompanied the first alcoholic drink she was ever served.

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Independence Seaport Museum
DeGuio Collection

Napkin: 5 × 5 1/8 inches
Photograph: 5 1/8 × 7 inches
Luggage Tag: 3 1/2 inches diameter
Postcard: 3 1/2 × 5 1/2 inches

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