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Old 11-16-2007, 06:42 PM
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Default GORDON C. GREENE 1939/w.w.II Years.

Seamboating colleagues:
'Finds' this week in a local book store brought to light a series of period GORDON C. GREENE folders from 1939 & the World War II years. Her 1939 saeason touts, 'BEAUTIFUL OHIO RIVER CRUISE, 7 Days, $45 and up. Include this cruise to and from the World's Fair in New York.' The enterprising Greene family found a niche with the New York Fair. A prominent block states: 'The steamer trip between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh is an ideal way to break up a monotonous journey to or from the World's Fair. Automobiles carried both ways. Autos $15 one way; $25 round trip.' A deposit check of only $10 was required.

World War II brought changes in domestic travel and rationing with only one big folder covering all trips of the season: 'Charleston 7 days $70-$84; Chattanooga 14 days $140-$175; New Orleans, St. Paul 20 days each, $200-$250.' Hard to believe, isn't it?

Ah, but wait. The GENERAL INFORMATION page for the war years states: 'WARNING--By order of the U.S. Government NO CAMERAS OR BINOCULARS of any description will be permitted ABOARD ANY VESSEL navigating inland waterways. All subject to confiscation by the U.S. Coast Guard. Please be governed accordingly and LEAVE CAMERAS AND BINOCULARS AT HOME.' [*Other travel notices of the period for buses, autos, trains repeat the same by order of the U.S. Army. And All were exected to 'DO YOUR PATRIOTIC DUTY!]. Interesting in light of events since 9/11. A little bit of Steamboat history on a Friday evening.

R. Dale Flick
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