P&O Menus & Entertainment Programmes

P&O Entertainment Programme, Dorrit Dekk.

P&O Entertainment Programme, Dorrit Dekk. 1962.

P&O Entertainment Programme, Dorrit Dekk. 1962.

P&O Gala Menu, Daphne Padden. 1962.

P&O Entertainment Programme, Daphne Padden. Circa 1950's.

P&O Gala Menu, Daphne Padden. 1958.

P&O Entertainment Programme, Daphne Padden. 1959.

P&O Menu/Entertainment Programme cover, Daphne Padden.

P&O Gala Menu, Daphne Padden. 1956.

Here's a bit of inspiration for a dreary, wet Wednesday morning.

I first saw a P&O Entertainment Programme designed by Dorrit Dekk over on Quad Royal and was instantly drawn to the bright, graphic illustrations/collages.

On further investigation I found Bonito Club's Flickr and yet more fabulous P&O covers (Menus and Entertainment Programmes) from the late 50's and early 60's. All the ones I've seen were designed by either Daphne Padden or Dorrit Dekk, but I'm not sure if they created all the covers during this period.

There must be hundreds more in existence, as it seems the designs changed every year and each P&O liner had different designs. I'll have to keep my eye out for some of these on Ebay!

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Images copyright Quad Royal and Bonito Club.

Wed 23 Feb 2011

Posted under: Design , Ephemera , Illustration




02 Feb 2011 11:37 AM

Glad you have enjoyed them so much. 

I think - from my occasional forays into this kind of stuff on Ebay - that there were other designers who did menus and so on.  But theirs tended to be more traditional and, if I’m honest, not so good. 

But Ruth Artmonsky is I think writing a book about P&O design, so we may find out more when that comes out!

Delicious Industries

02 Feb 2011 12:50 PM

I’ll definitely have to watch out for that book.

I had no idea P&O had such good design sense! I can’t wait to see more.


02 Feb 2011 05:21 PM

They also commissioned some great artists to do murals on their ships - which have sadly almost all disappeared.  Barbara Jones did at least one, and there is a wonderful John Piper mural which I have seen in the River and Rowing Museum in Henley. But I am sure the book will reveal all!

apt3 design

02 Feb 2011 08:49 PM

Oh, yes, these are great…reminds me a bit of the work done by Mary Blair back in the 50s/60s era.

Delicious Industries

02 Feb 2011 11:47 AM

Crownfolio - thanks for the info. I go to Henley for a car show in the Summer, I’ll have to stop by the Museum and have a look.

Apt3 Design - I’m not familiar with her work, I’ll have to check it out - thanks.

aluminium kozijnen

03 Mar 2011 12:09 PM

When i was seeing this images really enjoyed well.. Excellent images..

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