Wednesday, 17 October 2012

P & O ephemera

The P & O Heritage website is a gem. Well organised and visually rich, it has full records for each item with a contextualising paragraph on each of the main sections and subsections: Posters (Line voyages, Cruising), Photographs (Life on board, Ships), Printed Ephemera (P&O, Orient Line, British India), Paintings (People and places, Ships), Postcards (P&O, Other lines), Prints and Drawings (Pencillings, Ships), Seasonal collections (Father's Day, Christmas at sea), Canberra (Photographs, On board, Paintings and postcards, Posters), and Objects on board (China, Furniture and Fittings). There is also a special image gallery reflecting the company's 175 years.

.Reproduced by kind permission of P&O Heritage Collection
Reproduced by kind permission of P&O Heritage Collection
The three main access points: Our collection (Explore), Our history (Learn) and Our archive (Search) are very intuitve to use and there is a lot of information on the site, with links and research guides for family historians.
There is a specialised query screen for picture researchers, journalists and academics.

Much to explore, and wonderful images with the facility to buy prints and canvases (framed or unframed). 

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