The Stephen Barrett Chase Collection of
Ocean Liner Posters
These are the first two examples of posters from the Stephen Barrett Chase Collection. We will soon be presenting interpretation of the art, artists, and lines. In the meantime, here is a little bit of background material on our benefactor, Stephen Barret Chase. Steve Chase attended the Rhode Island School of Design as a freshman back in the 1950s, discovered SSHSA and joined the organization. He later went on to become a very successful interior designer, traveling to Switzerland at the request of William P. Lear to work on Lear jets. Chase took advantage of this overseas time to collect posters of steamships and to add to his collection. His collection already consisted of posters, travel brochures and deck plans he had accumulated in his teens.
Back in California in the early 1960s, Chase was hired by the design firm of Arthur Elrod Associates. In 1967, he opened his own firm called Steve Chase Associates. Around 1992, Chase renewed his membership with SSHSA. At this point, Chase’s collection of original passenger liner posters from around the world had become quite extensive, unique, and valuable, even as traditional passenger liners fell out of popularity. Soon after reconnecting with SSHSA, Chase fell ill and was told he had little time left. He decided to donate his entire poster collection, as well as ship models and various other maritime artwork, to SSHSA. On March 27, 1994, Chase passed away.
SSHSA digitized all of the Chase Poster Collection in 2010, and will be presenting these and other galleries online in this virtual museum. High-quality reproductions of all SSHSA posters, including selections from the Chase Collection, are available by contacting the SSHSA office.
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