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Booklet - RMS Queen Mary, Cunard White Star, circa 1939 Document Reg. No: HT 25050

Booklet titled 'RMS Queen Mary, Cunard White Star', promoting modern and luxurious ship travel.

The RMS Queen Mary travelled between Southampton, England and New York, USA. With statements such as 'A New Era in Ocean Travel', the booklet emphasised the unique luxury, speed and cosmopolitan nature of the Queen Mary ship. The booklet featured descriptions of facilities and black and white photographs of cabins, the sun deck, observation lounge, cocktail bar, shopping centre, restaurant, and the ship arriving in New York.

This booklet was collected as a souvenir by Mr Edgar Rouse, the Chief Managing Director of Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd, in 1939 while on a journey to the United States of America. Newly appointed as the Chief Managing Director after the previous incumbent, his father Mr John 'JJ' Rouse, had died in 1938, Mr Edgar Rouse was visiting the USA to consult with Eastman Kodak executives at the head office in Rochester, New York. When he returned to Australia, Mr Rouse gave this booklet and a number of other postcards and souvenirs to Mr Harry Clarke, the young son of Kodak Australasia employees who lived onsite at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne. While away on his trip, Mr Rouse had also sent a number of postcards to Harry Clarke and his parents.

Harry Clarke lived on the Kodak factory site in Abbotsford with his parents at the 'Yarra Grange' house from 1938, when he was twelve years old, until 1952, when he was twenty six years old. His mother was the chef in the Kodak directors' dining room and his father worked in silver recovery and then later was a gardener at Kodak. He felt very important to have the chief of Kodak interested in his well-being. Harry remembers that Mr Rouse 'took a shine to me as a small child and on one occasion invited me and his son, John Rouse to be guests with the directors of Kodak in their dining room, which of course brought great pride and joy to my mother. He wrote me cards and sent me cards of boats that he'd travelled on to America, and whilst he was in America he sent me very detailed postcards with long, handwritten notes... He was always very, very kind and gentle with, not only me but my mother and father, who he had great respect for.'

Harry says that 'When I lived at Kodak it was a huge, very huge place, and I seemed to live a very privileged life for a small child, I had the virtual run of the factory excepting some sections, particularly during the war years.... The staff at Kodak were like a large family. ...Living at Kodak at that time was very much like living in an enlarged family, everybody seemed to be very friendly and supportive, the dining room I think provided meals free of charge, there was a lot of benevolence in that period of time.'
16 page booklet with two staples and purple, blue and white cover. Features black and white photographs, and white text on blue background on inside pages.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 254 mm (Height), 204 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: souvenirs, advertising, shipping lines, promotional materials, shipboard travel, travel, making history - kodak collection
Themes this item is part of: Baker & Rouse, Images & Image Making Collection, Kodak Heritage Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Kodak Advertising in Australasia, 1940s-1970s, Abbotsford Workshops, Kodak Australasia
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Travel
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: Text, printed front cover: RMS/"QUEEN MARY"/CUNARD WHITE STAR.
User: Mr Edgar Rouse - Kodak (Australasia) Pty. Ltd., Australia, Jul 1938

Mr Rouse collected this booklet while travelling on the RMS Queen Mary.
Recipient: Mr Harry Clarke, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 1938-1939

Mr Edgar Rouse gave this booklet to Harry Clarke Junior on his return from his world trip in 1938.
Other Association (See Comments): Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia

Mr Rouse was MD of this company and travelled on the RMS Queen Mary for Kodak business.

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