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Normandie Sails Again at South Street Seaport Exhibit
June 08, 2010

I read in this mornings one-line version of the New York Times that the South Street Seaport Museum on Fulton Street and the East River in lower Manhattan has opened an exhibit on the pride of the French ocean liners - Normandie.

Featured at the opening was a sounding of the triple steam whistle, which was saved when the ship was scraped after a pierside fire. The whistle is now at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, which takes it and many other steam whistles in their collection and sounds them off in the campus quad to "ring" in the new year.

I've been there, it is loud.

However, this exhibit sounds wonderful, with fixtures, room pieces and a piano.

The hip had been commemorated with several medals, two for the maiden voyage, another for a trip to Buenos Aires, and even the room keytags had a simple but none-the-less numismatic striking room number fob. I hope some of these items made it into the exhibit.

I'll see next week when I'm in the city. The exhibit runs for a while, it should certainly be worth some time.


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George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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