John Ringling North is the Circus King – Part 2

If John Ringling North had not come on the scene to run the family business in 1937, Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey might not have ever made it into the 21st Century to have its last performance tonight on Long Island. He seemed the only one to have the business and showman sense to run the show amongst the younger family ... Read More »

John Ringling North a combination of “Diamond Jim” Brady and “Bet a Million Gates”! – Part 3

As president of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey during the heyday of the famed Big-Top and traveling circus which will have its final performance tonight in Long Island, New York, John Ringling North received a rather modest salary.  But what North might have been lacking the substance of a millionaire, the consciously displayed the form. North was a glittering ... Read More »

North’s Showmanship at Madison Square Gardens and the end of the Ringling family business – Part 4

John Ringling North knew that every season was vital to the circus to open its season at New York’s Madison Square Gardens, not only because of the big box office but because of the national media attention. Opening night would always benefit a charity with stars such as Marylyn Monroe, Marlena Dietrich or even Hopalong Cassidy as guest headliners. Critics ... Read More »

ZIM LINE – Israel’s Passenger and Cruise company in the 1950s and 1960s

Zim Lines began passenger service connecting Israel with Mediterranean ports began after the State of  Israel was established in 1948 and for 20 years they operated an excellent sea transportation fleet of ships In the early 1950s, Zim became a member of the North Atlantic Passenger Conference and bought Home Lines Argentina; the former Norwegian liner Bergensfjord; for its first ... Read More »

Cruise Line News: Cunard Line’s QUEEN VICTORIA is reimagined!

Following its recent announcement revealing Queen Victoria’s $40 million reimagination, Cunard has unveiled the anticipated digital renderings showcasing new and refreshed features. Scheduled for completion in June, some of the many highlights include a new exquisite Lido Sun Deck for sun seekers as well as a stunning Winter Garden. The cruise line also offers an inside look at the Britannia ... Read More »

Throwback Thursday – Elvis Presley on the train from New York to Memphis in 1956.

“Elvis who?” Photographer Alfred Wertheimer recalls uttering that very question in early 1956. A publicist from RCA Victor Records had contacted him, asking if he was available to photograph a young singer named Elvis Presley. “I’d never heard of the man,” Wertheimer told TIME Magazine in an article 40 years later. “He didn’t have a gold record yet.” (By the end ... Read More »

Retro Thursday: THE ELECTROLINERS – Chicago to Milwaukee – During WW 2

The chic, streamlined Electroliners operated between Chicago and Milwaukee. The Electroliner, on the Chicago Loop, heading for its express run to Milwaukee. The Electroliner was a four car articulated train that was placed into service on the North Shore line early in 1941, between Chicago and Milwaukee, seen here in January of 1941. Dining on the Electroliners.  It was said to ... Read More »

The MS Angelina Lauro – Classic Liner

MS Oranje, later known as MS Angelina Lauro, was a passenger liner, a wartime hospital ship and finally a cruise ship that was lost while being towed for scrap. She sank in a storm in the mid-Pacific, on 24 September 1979. The ship underwent 25 years’ service as MS Oranje, and fifteen as MS Angelina Lauro. She was a cruise ... Read More »

Part 2 – The Panama Limited – Streamlined and 16 hours between Chicago, St Louis and New Orleans

The Panama Limited was streamlined in 1942, during World War II. The Illinois Central had ordered two lightweight sets of equipment before the attack on Pearl Harbor; after an appeal, the War Production Board allowed their delivery. Casey Jones widow with Panama Limited train Engineer and Conductor.  The first diesel/electric-powered streamlined run of the Panama Limited was on May 3, ... Read More »