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LUXURY OCEAN LINERS: PICTORIALISM & DETAILS BY W. H. BETTLE

Collection of 41 large format photographs. All are mounted, and have "W.H. BETTLE" stamped on reverse. We think this group represents a tremendous bargain at $950 including shipping.

INCLUDED IN THE GROUP: Photos of SS EUROPA, one of which shows a pre WWII Nazi plane. "SS Europa, later SS Liberté, IMO 5607332, was a German ocean liner built for the Norddeutsche Lloyd line to work the transatlantic sea route. She and her sister ship, Bremen, were the two most advanced, high-speed steam turbine ocean vessels in their day, and were a part of the international competition for the Blue Riband... in 1945, she was captured by the Allies and used as a troopship, sailing as the USS Europa (AP-177). The United States claimed the ship as a war prize on 8 May 1945 and gave the vessel to the US Navy, which commissioned Europa 25 August 1945 with Captain B. F. Perry in command."

Photo of RMS QUEEN MARY, dated 1936. "Built in the United Kingdom in the 1930s, the Queen Mary’s rich history includes the Great Depression, World War II, the heyday of transatlantic travel during the late 40's and 50's and the eventual decline of ocean liners in the 60’s. Relocated to Long Beach, California in 1967, the Queen Mary is a historic reminder of a bygone era... With her record-breaking speed and size, the Queen Mary (was) retrofitted to serve as a troopship during World War II. Dubbed, the 'Grey Ghost,' the Queen Mary hauled as many as 15,000 men while playing a pivotal role in guiding the allied forces to victory."

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: William Henry Bettle (1876 - 1950), an amateur photographer from East Orange, New Jersey, was part of a larger international movement of photographers that were active in camera clubs from the 1920s through the 1940s. During this period, N.Y.C boasted 43 camera clubs, and a city the size of Worcester, Mass., might have 5 of 6 different clubs. The members studied photography together, shared dark rooms and knowledge, published journals and exhibited their photographs in salons that were held in museums and libraries around the world. Bettle was an active and talented member of this movement. His photographs were shown in over 100 exhibitions between 1932 – 1939. During the 1930s, Bettle took several trips to Europe on luxury liners, where he made some of his best photographs. Like most camera club members of the 30s, Bettle’s photographs are softly focused in the pictorialist style. But, unlike most pictorialists, Bettle photographed details of the ships and used lines, angles, and shadows to make formal compositions, in the style of Charles Sheeler and some of the American precisionist painters. His photographs are modern and more abstract than the traditional camera club style of his day.

The Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Worcester Art Museum both have holdings of his work.

41 PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 1930s
$950. USD

LUXURY OCEAN LINERS
SIZE
Average size of photographs is approximately 9.5 x 13 inches. All mounts are approximately 13.5 x 16 inches.
CONDITION
Very good to excellent.

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