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French Line Brochure for De Grasse, Lafayette, Rochambeau

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Ever wonder where the amazing writer John Maxtone-Graham obtained his famous “English lesson” photo showing the French bell boy being taught how to say “Where’s the bar” and “Cocktails of the day… dry martini” in English? Well, this is the rare brochure that features it. I was delighted when I opened it up and found it.

“Three great ships, three famous Frenchmen.” 26 pages for cabin class with an interesting format — the left hand page has 2 photos while the right side is almost always a full-page single shot. The ships chosen for this brochure are interesting as Rochambeau was reaching the end of her life by the time Lafayette came out. Dates to about 1932. Despite her age, Rochambeau was either carefully photographed and staged, or CGT had updated her to fit the fleet better. Lafayette enjoys top billing in this brochure, and with her high art deco innards, she really deserves it. Some roughness to the cover and a small stain on the back cover.