Happy Birthday Formica!

18 January 2013 by Sarah Starkey

Drawing of proposed cocktail bar on ship Caronia

Drawing and material sample sheet for a bar on ship Caronia, Cunard Line, c1947 (reference DX/1394)

Anniversaries are very helpful when writing for a blog and what better one to celebrate than 100 years since the invention of Formica, everyone’s favourite kitchen worktop surface, and still going strong today.  Our photograph doesn’t really do this item justice but, trust me, it is lovely. Especially if you have an interest in interior design and the wonders of plastic – and who doesn’t?  I’ve not been able to find a photograph of the bar in the Caronia so I don’t know if this suggestion by White Allom Ltd was accepted. 

This sample board, and other items held at the Maritime Archives & Library, demonstrate the effort that went into every element of interior design in passenger liners. This Caronia was the second Cunard vessel with this name, launched on the Clyde in 1947 and broken up in 1974.

(Comments are closed for this post.)

About our blog

Welcome to the National Museums Liverpool blog! Written by our staff and volunteers, we’ll give you a peek behind the scenes of our museums and galleries.




We try to ensure that the information provided on our blog is accurate and that appropriate permissions to use images have been sought. The opinions in each blog are very much those of the individuals writing.