Happy Birthday Formica!

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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 Archives Centre, 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.

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