L'Atlantique was a large and luxurious ocean liner which first set sail in 1930 taking passengers and cargo from France to South America. Like the postcard the interior was in art deco style. Those early passengers were lucky to experience the luxury as unfortunately the liner's sailing days were short lived. While travelling from Bordeaux to Le Harve in 1933 for an overhaul, with only the crew on-board, a fire started in one of the staterooms that quickly spread through the ship (helped on its way by the lacquered interiors and wooden panels).
The ship was eventually scrapped but the accident led to new rules for fire protection on ocean liners.