House demolition company of Queens finds old-school Cunard Line metal box
I found this medal file cabinet with tags hanging from it that read, “French Line pier 88 north river NY, tourist class, state room baggage.”
What caught my eye was the six inch red oval tag on the front of the box. It reads, ” Cunard Line,” with space to write whom it belongs to, as well as the ship name and destinations. This one is dated February 15, 1957. The ships name was R.M.S. Scythia, and the owner was William G. Alain Perret.
On the side of the box there is a United States Custom service inspection badge with numbers on it. It’s a very cool, old-looking tin box. But what really caught my eye was one of the papers inside. There was an onionskin typed letter from Perret resigning from his position from the French Line Cruise Ship Company. The letter states that there is no real chance of advancement in his present position. In the letter, he gives a full two-weeks notice. The letter is dated January 18, 1962. He also CC’s the Secretariat Chief Stewart.
We are in 2012, which means I can’t see anyone leaving a job in this day and age with this recession going on, due to lack of advancement opportunities. Workers today are just happy to have a five-day work week, with enough money to pay their bills. This box will be joining my other treasurers on one of my shelves. The picture on the front with the ships smokestacks will definitely catch the eye.
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