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Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series IX. Ships

Accession 20100108.ZTV.IX

Published Collections Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Emily Cottle, Laura Muskavitch, Robin Valencia, Nicole Watts, Kenton Jaehnig, Alison Kreitzer, Annalise Berdini, and Vicki Wasserman in 2013.,

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series IX. Ships (Accession 20100108.ZTV.IX), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera, Series IX. Ships
Dates: 1880-2006, undated
Accession Number: 20100108.ZTV.IX
Creator: Vinson, Z. Taylor
Extent: 4 linear feet
Language of Material: English, Italian, French, German, Russian, and Spanish
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Published Collections Department
Abstract: This series documents ships.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

Gift of the Z. Taylor Vinson Estate, 2010.

Processing Notes

The collection was processed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply.

The collection is housed in off-site storage. Please allow 24 hours notice to view the materials. Advance notice is not required for books and periodicals.

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Biographical Note

For over sixty years, Zachary Taylor Vinson (1933-2009) amassed a large and comprehensive collection of printed material documenting on the history transportation, particularly automobiles.

Born and raised in West Virginia, Vinson was a 1955 graduate of Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany, then moved to New York City to work in advertising until he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1961. Vinson practiced law with O’Melveney & Meyers in Los Angeles, California and the International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. until 1967 when he began working as a senior lawyer with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a position he held until his retirement in 2003. Vinson played a significant role in the drafting of federal safety regulations governing tires and those requiring high-mounted brake lights in the rear window of automobiles, which began with the 1986 model year.

At the age of four, Vinson was introduced to automobile literature when he was given a 1938 Ford trade catalog. Vinson began attending automobile shows to actively collect by the time he turned seven. He would ask that his parents drive him to Huntington’s “Automobile Row,” where Vinson would collect literature from the dealerships located there. By the age of fourteen, Vinson was writing to the British, French, Italian, and Czech embassies in Washington, D.C. to request the addresses of automakers in those countries from whom he could obtain literature.

As he grew older, Vinson collected trade literature from additional sources, including, but not limited to, automobile manufacturers, fellow collectors, memorabilia dealers, auto shows, and auctions. He eventually amassed so much material that he built an addition to his Virginia home to store it all, which he referred to as his “Autotorium.”

In addition to collecting, Vinson was an active member of automobile organizations. He was president of the Society of Automotive Historians from 1993 to 1995 and served as the editor of Automotive History Review from 1995 to 2009. Z. Taylor Vinson passed away at the age of 76 on October 25, 2009.

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Scope and Content

This series documents ships. Material formats found in this series include, but are not limited to, brochures, clippings, menus, programs, passenger lists, and ship plans.

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Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder, chronologically.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box
9-1 AGWI Lines, Argentina, and Bohn, 1939-1941, undated [Contains materials pertaining to AGWI Lines, the S.S. Argentina, and Bohn Aluminum and Brass Corporation. The AGWI Broadcasts items include news reports transmitted by AGWI Lines to its ocean liners offshore. The Argentina items include a brochure for this American ocean liner's voyage July 1939 voyage to South America for the World Federation of Education Associations conference. The Bohn items include a Bohn Aluminum and Brass Corporation magazine advertisement featuring a futuristic ocean liner.]
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9-1 Andrea C, undated [Contains miscellaneous materials from the Italian ocean liner Andrea C. Items include a menu, 2 folders containing stationery, ticket stubs, receipts, postcards, and a ribbon.]
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9-1 Argonaut, undated [Contains air mail stationary from the Greek cruise ship M.V. Argonaut.]
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9-1 Atlantic - Menus and Programs, 1953 [Contains menus and daily programs from the Italian ocean liner S.S. Atlantic.]
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9-1 Atlantic - Music Logs, Passenger Lists, and Ship Plan, 1953 [Contains music logs, passenger lists (including those listing Z. Taylor Vinson as a passenger), a ship plan, and a photocopied timetable from the Italian ocean liner S.S. Atlantic.]
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9-1 Atlantic: Passenger Information and Ephemera, 1953 [Contains general passenger information and miscellaneous ephemera from the Italian ocean liner S.S. Atlantic. Items include information flyers, Z. Taylor Vinson's passage contracts, a confirmation form, stationary, baggage tags, an invitation, a landing card, and an embarkation card.]
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9-1 Baggage Tags, Bills, and Ticket Stubs, 1906-1909, 2003 [Contains baggage tags, bills, ticket stubs, and other miscellaneous ephemera. Items include baggage tags from French Line, American Line, and United States Lines. Also includes bills from a tailor and several hotels, and a ticket stub from the Cape May - Lewes Ferry. A matchbook from the French ocean liner S.S. France, a contribution card from the Seaman's Welfare Committee, and an invoice from American Line are found in this folder as well.]
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9-OS1 Cape May - Lewes Ferry, Caronia, Chris-Craft, Colombie, and Cunard, 1912-2004 [Contains materials pertaining to the Cape May - Lewes Ferry, the R.M.S. Caronia, Chris-Craft, the S.S. Colombie, and Cunard Line. The Cape May - Lewes Ferry items include an April 2003-May 2004 timetable and reserved room card. The Caronia items include 2 passenger brochures for this British ocean liner, which feature ship plans. The Chris-Craft items include 2 magazine advertisements for Chris-Craft motor boats. The Colombie items include a booklet for this French ocean liner, which features ship plans. The Cunard items include a brochure this British passenger ship line's express ocean liner service between Southampton, England and New York City, and a history of the Cunard Line between 1840 and 1912.]
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9-1 Chester - Bridgeport Ferry, 1937 [Contains a road map of express automobile routes from the Chester - Bridgeport Ferry, which operated on the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.]
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9-OS1 Clipping File, 1904-2004 [Contains miscellaneous newspaper and magazine clippings pertaining to ships and small boats.]
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9-OSF1 Clipping, 1936 [Contains an oversize newspaper clipping of an unidentified proposed superliner.]
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9-1 Currents and Trans-Atlantic American, 1906, 1996-1997 [Contains May 1996 and Winter 1997 issues of the ship enthusiast newsletter Currents, and a July 14, 1906 issue of The Trans-Atlantic American magazine. The Trans-Atlantic American was published on board the American ocean liner S.S. Philadelphia.]
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9-1 Dodge Boats, 1930-1931, undated [Contains magazine advertisements for Dodge motor boats, which were built by Horace E. Dodge Boat & Plane Corporation of Norfolk, Virginia and Horace E. Dodge Boat Works, Incorporated of Detroit, Michigan.]
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9-1 England-Continent via Folkestone-Flushing, HoverTravel, Mahart, Majestic, and Norfolk & Washington Steamboat Company, 1980, undated [Contains materials pertaining to Folkestone-Flushing, HoverTravel, Mahart, R.M.S. Majestic, and Norfolk & Washington Steamboat Company. Folkestone-Flushing items include a brochure for Zeeland Steamship Company's ferry service between Folkestone, England and Flushing, Netherlands. HoverTravel items include a timetable for hovercraft service between Southsea, England and Ryde, Isle of Wight. Mahart items include is a 1980 timetable for this river boat line's service between Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria. The Majestic items include a booklet of photographic impressions for the British ocean liner R.M.S. Majestic. Norfolk & Washington Steamboat Company items include a booklet about this passenger ship line's service between Washington, DC, Old Point Comfort, Norfolk, and all points south.]
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9-1 French Line, 1935-1939, undated [Contains materials regarding ocean liners operated by French Line. Items include a fold-out ship plan of the S.S. Normandie, French Line magazine advertisements for the S.S. Normandie, a menu from the S.S. Normandie, and a brochure for the S.S. Ile de France.]
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9-OS1 Italian Line and Moore-McCormack Lines, 1955, undated [Contains materials pertaining to the Italian Line and Moore-McCormack Lines. Items include an Italian Line magazine advertisement for its ocean liner S.S. Andrea Doria, and a Moore-McCormack magazine advertisement for its ocean liner service between New York City and South America.]
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9-OS1 Mauretania, 1938 [Contains a commemorative publication for the launching of the British ocean liner R.M.S. Mauretania. Owned by Cunard White Star Lines, the R.M.S. Mauretania was built by Cornell Laird & Company Limited and was launched at this shipbuilder's yard in Birkenhead, England on July 28, 1938. The ship's naming ceremony was performed by Lady Bates.]
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9-1 Menus and Programs, circa 1880-1972 [Contains menus and programs from several passenger ship lines and ocean liners. The menus include those from British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company's R.M.S. Scythia (ca. 1880); the U.S.M.S. St. Louis (1906); Canadian-Australasian Royal Mail Line (ca. 1927); French Line Steamers (1927); Red Star Line (1927); Panama Mail Steamship Company's S.S. Colombia (1928); the S.S. Dresden (1931); the S.S. Africa Maru (1935); Cunard White Star's M.V. Britannic (1936); Norddeutscher Lloyd's S.S. Bremen (1936), and the Andrea C. (ca. 1972). The programs include those for Holland America Line's S.S. Rotterdam (1932) and the Andrea C. (ca. 1972).]
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9-1 Padle Steamer Kingswear Castle, Potomac River Boat Rides, Queen Frederica, and Rotterdam, 1925-1997 [Contains materials pertaining to the Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle, Potomac River Boat Rides, Queen Frederica, and Rotterdam. The Paddle Steam Kingswear Castle items include a brochure for this tourist steamboat operating on the Medway and Thames Rivers in Rochester, England. The Potomac River Boat Rides items include a 1973-1974 timetable for tourist river boat trips on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. The Queen Frederica items include a booklet for this Greek ocean liner operated by National Hellenic American Line. The Rotterdam items include a publication regarding a 1925 luxury cruise to the Mediterranean, Palestine, and Egypt, by the Dutch ocean liner S.S. Rotterdam, which was operated by Holland America Line.]
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9-1 Passenger Lists, 1880-1984 [Contains passenger lists from several ocean liners. The passenger lists found in this folder include those from: Cunard Line Royal Mail Steamers' R.M.S. Scythia (1880); Red Star Line's Friesland (1890); American Line's S.S. Philadelphia (1906 and 1909); American Line New York Plymouth Cherbourg and Southampton (1909); Norddeutscher Lloyd's Prinzess Irene (1909); Red Star Line's S.S. Lapland (1912); Cie Gle Transatlantique's Paris (1922); Holland America Line's S.S. Rotterdam (1925); Cunard Line's R.M.S. Queen Mary (1936), and Sun Line's Tss Stella Solaris (1984).]
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9-OS1 Queen Elizabeth, 1938 [Contains a commemorative publication for the launching of the British ocean liner R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth. Owned by Cunard White Star Lines, the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth was built by John Brown & Company, Limited and was launched at this shipbuilder's yard in Clydebank, Scotland on September 27, 1938. The naming ceremony was performed by Queen Elizabeth.]
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9-OS1 Queen Elizabeth 2, 1976-1995 [Contains materials regarding the British ocean liner R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth 2. Items include stationary, booklets for European tours, a menu, and newspaper advertisements.]
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9-OS1 Queen Mary, 1934-circa 1990s [Contains materials regarding the British ocean liner R.M.S. Queen Mary. Items include a commemorative launching publication, an inaugural publication, 2 brochures, a magazine article, and a guide map for the Queen Mary & Spruce Goose museum in Long Beach, California.]
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9-1 Queen Mary 2, 2004-2006 [Contains materials regarding the British ocean liner R.M.S. Queen Mary 2. Items include 3 brochures and an inaugural publication.]
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9-1 Royal Viking Line, Steamboat Delta Queen, and Stefan Batory, 1968-1990 [Contains materials pertaining to Royal Viking Line, the Steamboat Delta Queen, and the T.S.S. Stefan Batory. The Royal Viking Line items include a magazine advertisement for Royal Viking Line ocean cruises. The Steamboat Delta Queen items include a 1968 brochure and timetable for this American steamboat's river cruises on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. The Stefan Batory items include a passenger accommodation plan for this Dutch ocean liner.]
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9-1 Ship Plans, 1903, undated [Contains ship plans for the following ocean liners: American Line's S.S. Philadelphia (undated); American Line's S.S. St. Louis and S.S. St. Paul (undated); and Dominion Line's S.S. Mayflower.]
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9-OS1 Sterling Engine Company, 1931-1933, undated [Contains magazine advertisements for marine engines built by Sterling Engine Company of Buffalo, New York.]
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9-1 Sudoexport, circa 1985 [Contains brochures for icebreaking transport ships, hydrofoils, and dredging vessels built by Sudoexport, which was headquartered in Moscow, Soviet Union. Sudoexport was a shipbuilder owned by the Soviet government.]
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9-1 Titanic, 1987-1998 [Contains materials regarding the sinking of the British ocean liner R.M.S. Titanic. Items include an invitation to the 75 th Anniversary Memorial Service and Dinner aboard the Princess of New York, a photocopied magazine article, a newspaper article, and printouts of R.M.S. Titanic lifeboat passenger lists.]
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9-OS1 Toyota Marine, United States, U.S. Lines, and White Star Line, 1998, undated [Contains materials pertaining to Toyota Marine, the S.S. United States, U.S. Lines, and White Star Lines. Toyota Marine items include a trade catalog for the Toyota Marine Epic motorboat. The United States items include a magazine advertisement and a magazine article regarding this American ocean liner. The U.S. Lines items include a magazine advertisement for this American passenger ship line's ocean liner service between the United States and Europe. The White Star Line items include a magazine advertisement for this British passenger ship line's service between the United States and Europe.]
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9-1 Turkish Maritime Lines, undated [Contains single sheet black and white advertisements for this Turkish ship line.]