Look Back: The Admiral's Heyday
Date: 3/10/2010 Album ID: 876707
Photos by St. Louis Post-Dispatach staff photographers
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Prior to its days as the home of the President Casino, the Admiral Riverboat was a St. Louis fixture from 1940 through the '70's.
1937 - Using the hull from the old car ferry, the Albatross, Streckfus Steamers builds the Admiral in St. Louis. -- FilE Photo
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Miss Mazie Krebs at her drawing board where, among other activities, she designed the steamboat Admiral, by far the largest excursion boat on the Mississippi river. 
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October 19, 1938 -- Strckfus Steamboat under construction.--File Photo
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June 22, 1940 -- One of the Admiral smoke stacks -- File Photo
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June 22, 1940 -- The Captain looks out from the Admiral's Pilot house.
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June 22, 1940 -- The Admiral is ready for a night cruise.
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JUNE,1940, ST. LOUIS--Louis Bosso was the first ticketed passenger to board the Admiral with ticket #001.
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June 22, 1940 -- A look out keeps watch from atop the Admiral. -- file photo
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June 22, 1940 -- St. Louisans board the Admiral for an evening excursion. -- File Photo
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JUNE 18,1944--First Class Machinist's Mate Edison K. Geldbach, 6419 Nashville Avenue, on a visit at home after South Pacific duty, buys excursion tickets for his father, John , his wife, at extreme left, and his mother, who stands behind his wife. Post-Dispatch staff file photo
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JUNE 18,1940--This sailor, securely holding a bottle of something, is leaving the boat at the end of the outing. Some excursionists take their own drinks abroad. Post-Dispatch file photo
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June 18, 1944 -- One of the boat's officers stops to chat with this group of women who are having drinks and popcorn at a table. -- File Photo
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June 23, 1940 -- Along the rail of the lower deck of new excursion steamer Admiral.  Studding the darkness are the lights of Eads Bridge.
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June 18, 1944 -- This soldier and his date are in the groove as the steamer's orchestra plays in swing tempo.  Attempts are made to stop jitterbugging on the huge, air-conditioned dance floor.-- file photo
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June 23, 1940 -- The Chairs in the Soda Bar, were shaped like various animals. -- File Photo
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June 23, 1940 -- Moonlight river trip - new boat old story.
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June 23, 1940 -- The Admiral was always famous for its fabulous powder rooms, like this one with a musical motif.  The women dressed in frothy summer gowns, were enjoying a cruise on the riverboat in June 1940. -- File Photo
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June 22, 1940 -- The Admiral was always famous for its fabulous powder rooms, which had different Motifs -- File Photo
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The Penny Arcade on the S.S. Admiral, 1940s.  
Photograph courtesy the Missouri Historical Society from the exhibition, Entertainment on Riverfront Which may be seen in Harmony Hall on the B deck of the restored Admiral. -- File Photo
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FILE PHOTO PUBLISHED JUNE 18, 1944 - Coin machines which test your skill get their share of patronage on the S.S. Admiral. This girl tries her accuracy at machine gun shooting.
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