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  • Item Category: Advertising
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 25, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House

For those interested in items related to Southampton, England, or collectors of old hotel brochures and other ephemera, or those who appreciate Art Deco-era graphics, up for auction is an 8-page brochure, with a cut-out on the front cover, for the South Western Hotel, Southampton, a listed Victorian-era structure that is probably best known for its connection to the Titanic, since many of the people who took that ill-fated maiden, and final, final voyage of the ship in 1912 stayed at the South Western Hotel before embarkation. The hotel doesn't exist as a hotel anymore -- see below -- but from the looks of this elborate, beautifully designed brochure, it was certainly a top-notch AAAA hotel to stay at in that port city on Britain's southern coast.

As you can see, the cover really is lovely, with its geometric, Deco-style, elongated octagon-shaped cover which features an off-center octagonal cutout at the top left through which a line drawing of the very traditional-looking hotel -- quite at odds with the brochure's modern design -- can be seen. Also on the front, at the bottom right, is a Victorian-era crest, presumably of the hotel or of the Empire group of hotels, of which the South Western Hotel was one, that has a crown at the top, a bright shining sun with many rays at the center, and four banners around the orb with
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