The book looks at the history of the company from 1837 until the 1970s, charting a partly fictional narrative.
The 264 page book will be published in a run of 7500 and uses images form the company’s archive as well as commissioned photographs by Marc Walter. It is written by Ruth Artomsky.
Webb&Webb has also created a P&O Heritage Collection identity which is attached to other ephemera sold in the Heritage Collection website shop.
P&O Heritage curator and co-author of the book Susie Cox tasked Webb&Webb with illustrating the narrative, which James Webb says needed to engage the reader, ‘rather then list how many funnels each ship has.’
The book tells the stories of those impacted by P&O, ‘be they traveller, immigrant crew or manger,’ says Cox who adds, ‘We hope the book gives readers a feel for a period when travelling took weeks not hours and P&O was forging the links of the global supply chain we know and rely upon today.’
P&O: Across the Oceans, Across the Years is published by Antique Collectors Club and will be available in bookstores from June