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Gorgeous cover art and colors.
Designed and Produced by Wendell P. Colton Co., New York. Photos by Underwood & Underwood Int. Film Service.
Inside has multi-page colour map of Hudson River showing the route of the Day Line Steamers, and B&W photos of sites along route.
Back of map has some nice photos of the steamers, as well as text describing journey up river: New York, Indian Pt. and Bear Mt, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie, Kingston and Albany.
Couple of small brown age spots.
Of the many Hudson River steamboat lines, the one which became the best known in this country and abroad was the Hudson River Day Line. Its “white flyers” were famous for their elegance and speed, and provided the most enjoyable way to travel the Hudson River. No one could claim to have seen America without seeing the Hudson River, and the only way to properly see the Hudson River was from the deck of a Day Liner. Important foreign guests were taken for steamboat rides soon after their arrival in New York.
The company stressed “passengers only” and so it achieved a cachet of elegance the freight carriers could not boast. It reached its zenith of operations in the 1920s, at which time it had the largest and finest fleet of steamers to be found on any river. The hard times of the 1930s began the decline of the line as a through carrier to Albany, despite a flurry of activity during World War II.
On September 13, 1948, the Day Line steamboat Robert Fulton made its last run from Albany to New York City, bringing to an end the era of gracious steamboat travel on the Hudson River. This event also marked the end of regular steamboat service on the Hudson River between New York and Albany that had begun with Robert Fulton’s maiden voyage of the Clermont in August 1807.