There is an impression that everything can be found on the Internet ?
and perhaps some day it will be the case. However, there are few good
newspaper archives before 1980 and most newspapers only started
putting content online in 1995.
The one exception is the New York Times, with full search and text
indexing back to 1851. I?ve checked the Proquest Historical search
for the New York Times and there are several good articles ? AND
pictures of the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth on June 29, 1945. I?ve
outlined the content below, starting with the most-important story and
going to the least-important.
These stories can be purchased via the New York Times and Proquest,
though you?ll have to set up an account:
The New York Times Article Archive, 1851 - Present
Pricing per individual article is $2.95 and a 4-pack is $7.95.
NOTE: You may want to be very careful about printing these articles,
as they are in Adobe Acrobat format and your printer may reduce them
to fit the page. My experience is that makes them unreadable.
Consider an alternate printing scheme, such as having them printed at
a local FedEx Kinko?s. They will print larger format images for a
reasonable price, but may have some difficulty with the fact that
these are copyrighted images.
1. The largest article is the June 30, 1945 story ?Superliner Here
with 13,113 G.I.?s?, with 4 accompanying pictures:
1. of the complete ship, with it?s 14,810 passengers (an aerial AP
photo taken in New York Bay)
2. one of the ship docking
3. one of Princess Juliana, of the Netherlands, debarking
4. one of Eighth Air Force soldiers being served dockside by American
Red Cross workers
Besides Princes Juliana, the son of Charles de Gaulle and several
senators and Congressional representatives were on board.
2. June 29, 1945, ?Largest Troopship is Due Here Today. Queen
Elizabether with 15,000 Troops Aboard, Arriving On Her First Official
Visit.? No pictures but interviews with soldiers on-board.
3. June 30, 1945, ?446 Army Nurses Here from Europe. Most of Them
Expect to Go to Pacific, ?As We Still Have a Job to Do?? No pictures.
4. July 3, 1945, ?Giant British Ships for Atlantic Only; Tells of War
Voyages,? an interview with the captain of the Queen Elizabeth,
including discussions of the conversion of the ship to war use. The
accompanying picture is of the captain.
Depending on your location and local library resources, here are some
? archives of local newspapers from the period. You?ll want to check
with your local librarians to find out which ones have the best
newspaper sources. Obviously the New York city newspapers would have
? archives of Look and Life magazines, two popular picture magazines
from the era. Even West Coast libraries ? at least the better
reference libraries ? would have those magazines.