S.S. Leonardo Da Vinci 1961
This stylish and surrealistic image was the front cover of a farewell dinner aboard the Italian cruise liner the SS Leonardo Da Vinci in 1961.
The ocean liner had been completed the year before for sailing between the Italian port of Genoa and New York. The ship featured numerous technological innovations, including provisions for conversion to run on nuclear power.
Named after the famous Italian artist and inventor Leonard Da Vinci, its capacity was 1326 passengers. There were 413 passengers in first class, 342 in cabin class and 571 in tourist class.
Judging by the extravagant menu served – which included a full meal and a cold buffet – this ‘arrivederci’ dinner was for first class passengers.
The SS Leonardo Da Vinci plied the transatlantic route until 1976. She was briefly used as a cruise ship by Italia Crociere before being scrapped in 1982.
The artist's surname was Luze - he created other images for the shipping line - but so far we have been unable to find out more about him.
Each order includes a print of the interior menu.
All printed in USA.