Painting – SS America leaving New York.
One of Wall Street’s wealthiest businessmen, Edward F. Hutton (E. F. Hutton) wanted speed and American luxury for business trips to Europe in 1951 – as seen in the Holiday Magazine advertisement featured below. Hutton made the United States Lines his mode of trans-Atlantic transportation. He favored the newly refurbished liner SS America over the competing Cunard, French or Holland-American Line ships.
For Hutton, a long prop airplane flight crossing the Atlantic was out of the question. There were no jets until the late 1950s and you couldn’t fly above the bad weather. Time, safety and stylish comfort were a concern for Hutton.
The SS America provided the answer to his luxury transportation needs to Europe. Hutton would soon be using the super-liner and blue ribbon holder SS United States making its debut in 1952. No baseball caps were worn then and the ship had three classes: First, Cabin and Tourist. America claimed to be a democracy but aboard ship it was a totally different story.
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Holiday Magazine advertisement for the SS America from 1951.