Bon Voyage Display at Duke & Winston
“After the loud and fantastic claims made in advance for the liner United States, it comes as something of a disappointment to find them all true.” -Punch, 1952
Seun Olubodun, founder of Philadelphia clothing company Duke & Winston, admires the style of the golden age of the transatlantic liner. The two inspirations for his line of t-shirts and traditional clothing are Winston Churchill and his English bulldog Duke.
Winston Churchill, a frequent ocean liner bon vivant, cabled a congratulatory note to Commodore Manning of the SS United States after the ship’s record-breaking 1952 maiden voyage. Yet Sir Winston never took a trip aboard the ship, preferring the traditionally British RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth.
The ship did find some loyal British fans. The SS United States was the favorite of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who booked the same suite four times a year and traveled with over 80 pieces of luggage. As for dogs, the Windsors usually had two pugs in tow. The chief steward permitted the Windsors to keep the dogs in their suite rather than have them locked away in the ship’s kennels.
This display is in Duke & Winston’s showroom in Northern Liberties. The signed books are inscribed with the quote from the London humor magazine Punch.
MR. CHURCHILL BACK FROM U.S.