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Boutique Shops & Ship Stores

The idea of maintaining little shops on board ships plying between European and American ports, that a business extensive enough in the aggregate could be done, and that the volume of the output would be big enough to make the undertaking of it extremely profitable and therefore well worth while for the outlay that would be necessary.

The Little Boutique Shop on Board the Steamship "Lapland" of the Red Star Line, 1909.

Boutique Store on The Steamship "LapLand"

When on Saturday, April 24, 1909, the steamship "Lapland" of the Red Star Line made her maiden trip from New York she carried on board Miss Livingston Broom, an American girl, who is the first superintendent of a transatlantic store.

First Class Shop on the RMS Queen Elizabeth.

Cunard Ship's Store Shopping List

Once the gangway has gone and you have settled down to enjoy your voyage it often happens in unpacking you discover that some item of everyday use, perhaps a collar stud or a comb, has been left behind. These are things you can obtain in the shops on board all Cunard liners. And in the pages of this booklet they are listed for your ready reference.


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The Folks Behind the GG Archives

The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.