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HAPPY HALLOWEEN aboard the ANTONIA GRAZA, IT’S DELOVELY, COSTUMES AND DRAG

Happy Halloween aboard the fictional SS ANTONIA GRAZA, IT’S DELOVELY, COSTUMES and DRAG. The photo is from Ghost Ship (2002) – A horror film directed by Steve Beck. The fictional ship Antonia Graza featured in the movie is based on a real life Italian ocean liner, the SS Andrea Doria, which sank in 1956 after colliding with the MS Stockholm ... Read More »

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – The largest movie theatre ever built.

New York Social History: Radio City Music Hall – Showplace of the Nation – Over 700 movies opened here from King Kong to the Sound of Music. Click on above to hear Broadway show tunes on the greatest theatre organ in the world.  Playing songs from Gypsy, Mary Poppins and South Pacific. You Tube video of the Music Hall’s “Mighty ... Read More »

Orrin Tucker & His Orchestra – Perhaps the only living big band leader from the 1920s – 1940s era.

Social History: Orrin Tucker ad His Orchestra – Perhaps the only living big band leader from the 1920s – 1940s era.  He studied to be a doctor, played the saxophone and formed a band in college.  Tucker became a major band for society dance music and was the first band signed by Columbia Records. Great You Tube video from Aron ... Read More »

Shaw Savill Line – The Last Ocean Liners

Cruise History: Shaw Savill Line – The Last Ocean Liners Deck games on Shaw Savill. The Shaw Savill & Albion Company built two advanced one-class ocean liners for continuous around-the-world service. Voyages were approximately 75 days, from Southampton to Australia and New Zealand outward via South Africa and return via Panama or in reverse order. Southern Cross was a remarkable ... Read More »

THE SS EUROPA and CELEBRITIES WHO CROSSED THE POND ABOARD THE GREAT GERMAN LINER – FROM SCHIAPARELLI TO RIEFENSTAHL

1930s – THE SS EUROPA and CELEBRITIES WHO CROSSED THE POND – GERMAN DIRECTOR LENI RIEFENSTAHL FOUND THE EUROPA A GREAT WAY TO VISIT THE USA.   THE EUROPA The SS Europa (later the French Line SS Liberté) was one of a pair of fast ocean liners built in the late nineteen-twenties for the Norddeutsche Lloyd line (NDL) for the transatlantic ... Read More »

1936 Nazi Color Film-Berlin in the Year of the Olympic Games.

Cruising the past: 1936 Nazi Color Film-Berlin in the Year of the Olympic Games. CLICK ABOVE TO PLAY THE COLOR 1936 FILM: Nazi propaganda complete color film from 1936. An outstanding portrait of daily life in Berlin in this rare, well preserved film, with the magical feeling of the pastel colors of Agfachrome.  Strangely, it appears that parts of this ... Read More »

WHO OWNS THE REMNANTS OF THE RMS TITANIC?

WHO OWNS THE REMNANTS OF THE RMS TITANIC? Cruise History – The sinking of the RMS Titanic has captured the imagination of the world for decades. Because of that interest anything associated with the ship takes on additional weight. An ongoing legal battle over ownership of the remnants of the ocean liner is currently heating up. Read More »

1914: Britain on the eve of the Great War and the world’s largest liner (at the time) VATERLAND.

Cruising the past: 1914 – Britain on the eve of the Great War and the world’s largest liner (at the time) VATERLAND. Britain on the eve of the Great War (World War I). A wonderful video. 1914 – The great liner VATERLAND.  She barely lasted a year under the German flag before war broke-out. This is a wonderful view of ... Read More »

HISTORY OF P&O LINES TO BE ABOARD NEW SHIP…

New Cruise Ship Azura puts P&O Cruise Line history on show P&O Cruise Line History: MS Azura will be the newest ship in P&O’s fleet when she sails on her maiden voyage next April, but the cruise line want to make sure she carries on the traditions of the company’s 172-year history. Read More »

MARLENE DIETRICH AT BERLIN’S ADLON HOTEL

Adlon Hotel History: Marlene Dietrich, Berlin, 1929.  At the annual Presseball in the famous Hotel Adlon, Dietrich wore tails and pants, which was unheard of at that time. She had to stand very still because the exposure was always between half a second and a second. If someone moved I had to take the picture over again. CLICK HERE TO ... Read More »

THE DOMINION MONARCH

Cruise History: The Dominion Monarch was a luxurious all first class passenger-cargo liner and the largest of her type ever built. At the time of her introduction she was also the most powerful motor liner in the world. Design and Construction (1938 – 1939): At the time of her building, the QSMV (Quadruple Screw Motor Vessel) Dominion Monarch was the ... Read More »

American trains were once the safest in the world. In Los Angeles METROLINK gives new meaning to DEATH TRAIN!

Cruising the Past: American trains were once the safest in the world. In Los Angeles METROLINK gives new meaning to DEATH TRAIN! The greatest joke about METROLINK… when you email them with a comment you receive the following message: Thank you for contacting Metrolink.  For your reference, your feedback has been assigned case number 00008189.  Due to the volume of ... Read More »

Crystal Cruises carries on the tradition of the great luxury cruise ships such as the SS Rotterdam, RMS Caronia and MS Kungsholm.

Crystal Symphony Crystal Cruises carries on the tradition of the great luxury cruise ships such as the SS Rotterdam, RMS Caronia and MS Kungsholm. Famous cruise ships of the last century : RMS CARONIA, MS KUNGSHOLM and the SS ROTTERDAM. Crystal Cruises carries on the tradition of the great luxury cruise ships such as the SS Rotterdam, RMS Caronia and ... Read More »

MS Balmoral cruise ship to trace RMS Titanic route

Cruise Ship History: SS Balmoral cruise ship to trace RMS Titanic route. RMS Titanic. Let’s do a little cruising in the past aboard the SS Balmoral. The MS Balmoral in heavy seas.  For most, the notion of a bad time on a luxurious vacation aboard a cruise ship would be eating some bad shellfish at a local port.  For the ... Read More »

LONDON IN 1913 – CROSSING THE POND ON THE RMS AQUITANIA AND STAYING AT THE LONDON RITZ

CRUISING THE PAST: LONDON IN 1913 – CROSSING THE POND ON THE RMS AQUITANIA AND STAYING AT THE LONDON RITZ Cruise History: If you were doing the European Grand Tour in 1913 – this terrific Youtube video chronicles what England was like during that year. Trans-Atlantic passengers, sailing from New York to Europe, might have crossed the pond on the ... Read More »

The SS CAP NORTE – the German liner captured by the HMS BELFAST at the beginning of WW 2

SS Cap Norte – the German liner captured by the HMS BELFAST at the beginning of WW 2. Cruising the Past – Cruise History – 70 years ago this week, during the first weeks of World War 2, the HMS Belfast captured the Hamburg South America liner SS Cap Norte. SS Cap Norte The above is the front and back ... Read More »

HITLER ON A CRUISE – GERMANS BUILT FIRST CRUISE SHIPS JUST BEFORE WW 2

Hitler on a Cruise, 1939 – Adolf Hitler chats with several young women on a promenade of the German cruise ship Robert Ley (named after a prominant Nazi labor leader) on its maiden voyage in April, 1939. Cruise History: The Germans (Nazis) developed the VW and built the first ships designed exclusively for cruising. The SS Robert Ley The Swimming ... Read More »

THE FRENCH LINE – SS LIBERTE – 1950s

Cruising the past: The SS Europa was the pride of Norddeutscher Lloyd Line in the 1930s. She was the sister ship of the SS Bremen. Sadly the Second World War caused an end to her years in German hands and she was handed to the French as war reparations. As SS Liberte, the ship became the stop gap flagship for ... Read More »

PASADENA SANTA FE STATION – GATEWAY TO HOLLYWOOD

The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena is now La Grande Orange Café.  This was the depot’s main waiting room. Click here to visit the La Grande Orange Café website. The depot’s waiting room just after it closed as the Santa Fe/Amtrak Station. The orignal Santa Fe Station in Pasadena. The Santa Fe Station in Pasadena was home to the Super ... Read More »

Airlines History – The Stewardess – During the 1960s – The period of the AMC award winning MAD MEN TV Series

Airline History – The Stewardess – MAD MEN: Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell. Stewardesses play apart in the MAD MEN TV series and our a ... Read More »