Delta Queen Photos by Bill Muster
Editor's note: This tranche of photos by Bill Muster are held in the UC Santa Barbara Special Research Collections. After posting them at the Delta Queen Memories group at Facebook, I decided to give them a permanent home here at the Dave Thomson Collection. For more information about Bill Muster, please visit BillMuster.com.
Betty Blake (1931-1982) - Vice-president of Greene Line Steamers, then president of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. Learn more about Betty Blake click here.
Betty Blake at her Mount Adams condo, with the Ohio River and Delta Queen Steamboat below.
Greene Line Stamers executives Betty Blake and E.J. Quinby in Southern dress.
"Professor" E.J. Quinby at the Delta Queen calliope.
The Delta Queen Steamboat.
The back of this photo is stamped "Bill Muster" and hand dated "2-27-72."
A note regarding this photo:
"Paging through the history of the DQ and the days of save the queen I found this old picture. It's me reclining by the headline waiting to let 'er go. Good memories. Thanks for time trip and the revisit to good friends from long ago." - Ed Duemler, Nashville, TN
The Mississippi Queen (1975-2010). Link to the Mississippi Queen page at this site: click here.
The Mississippi Queen.
The Mississippi Queen and Delta Queen.
Greene Line Steamers holds a press conference to announce boat construction. Publicity photo shows Bill Muster and Congresswoman Leonor K. Sullivan (center), flanked by two Overseas National Airways (ONA) executives, Stedman Hinckley and (?). To learn more about the ONA-CIA connection, click here.
Congresswoman Leonor K. Sullivan, who helped get the 1970 Congressional exemption to allow the Delta Queen to continue to run.
L to R: Bill Muster, Marcia Dawn, Betty Blake, Capt. Wagner. Photo by Times-Picayune newspaper. Short article taped to the back of the photo (photo is stamped November 3, 1970):
This photo shows the Mississippi Queen (left) under construction, getting a hug from the Delta Queen, Belle of Louisville, and Julia Belle Swain.
The Tooker family, with Ma and Pa Tooker flanking each side of the band.
Pete Eveland, Vic Tooker, and Dan Forman (corrections welcome).
Another shot of Vic Tooker (foreground) leading the band.
The back of the photo is marked:
(L) Franklin Miles, Chief Steward
(R) Ernest Wagner, Master
STEAMER DELTA QUEEN
Photo by Greene Line Steamers, INC.
200 Public Landing - Cincinnati 2, Ohio
Bill Muster (1926-1989), the photographer, behind a camera. Photo of (but not "by") Bill Muster.
With the exception of images credited to public institutions,
everything on this page is from a private collection.
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All captions provided by Dave Thomson, Steamboats.com primary contributor and historian.