Airlines

Brief History of American Airlines… Great video of air travel in the 1930s… Including a piano bar…

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In the late twenties and early thirties, American Airways was created through the acquisition of dozens of smaller airlines throughout the United States. Great video of American Airlines in the 1930s… Like most airlines at the time the company profited by carrying United States mail. In 1934 American Airways Company was acquired by E.L. Cord, who renamed it “American Air ... Read More »

PAN AM – When flying was First Class…

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From the 1920’s until its demise in 1991, Pan American Airlines symbolized all that was luxurious in air travel. Elite fliers packed some of the first commercial use jumbo jets and were treated to delicious rounds of meals served by bright and beautiful young women in couture uniforms. Celebrities, businessmen and “Rainbow Class” alike jetted-off to far-flung vacation spots across ... Read More »

THE RICHEST GIRL IN THE WORLD – Heiress Barbara Hutton crossing the pond aboard the RMS QUEEN MARY…

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Decades before Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton became famous for being rich girls with sex tapes, no class and the height of 21st Century vulgarity – the original out of control Hollywood heiress-celebrity was Barbara Hutton. Hutton came from money on both sides of the family tree. Her maternal grandfather was Frank W. Woolworth, founder of the eponymous Woolworth’s chain ... Read More »

Classic Retro Video – Cruising to Alaska in the 1950s from Seattle aboard the SS Alaska…

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Sailing day meant excitement for the Alaska Steamship Company liners. Here is the SS Alaska sailing from Seattle in 1952. Cruising The Past (www.cruiselinehistory.com) classic video of  the SS ALASKA sailing to Alaska and the Inside Passage from Seattle in the 1950s. This is a wonderful historical video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to ... Read More »

First Class Air Travel, Then and Now…

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The year was 1956. The setting: a berth on the old Pan Am Clipper, where famous film-star Marlene Dietrich was sound asleep. Her sometime, and rather unlikely, lover actor Yul Brynner happened to be on the same flight. As the plane glided through the sky from New York to Los Angeles, Brynner slipped across the aisle from his berth to ... Read More »

History of the Holland America Line…

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Liner History would not be complete, without studying the venerable Holland America Line. One of the last lines to offer Trans-Atlantic crossings on a regular basis before the Jet took the fun out of crossing the pond.  With a 135-year maritime history, Holland America Line is one of the oldest names in cruising but remains dedicated to offering guests ‘once ... Read More »

PAN AMERICAN WORLD AIRWAYS…

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Looking back at Pan Am… the mightiest airline in the world!  Pan Am 747… Death of An American Dream – The Pan Am Story Documentary tells the story of how Pan American World Airways kick-started the jet-age and shrank the globe. This was the greatest airline in the world… Pan Am was America!  A Pan Am video from 1958 to show ... Read More »

The TSS AWATEA (Union Steamship Company overtakes the SS MARIPOSA (Matson Lines) – August 1938….

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Union Steam’s luxurious T.S.S. Awatea was the “only way to cross” the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand in the late 1930s! TSS Awatea racing the SS Mariposa across the Tasman Sea. Painting by W.W. Stewart of the TSS Awatea (Union Steamship Company) overtaking the S.S. Mariposa ( Matson Lines) on 13th August 1938 at 2pm in the Tasman ... Read More »

American Export Lines – Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and I Love Lucy…

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The SS Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines. She was commissioned in 1951. She sailed on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. 1955: Officers and crew assemble aboard the SS Constitution docked in Manhattan. (All USA officers, staff and cruise) The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence.  The ships were two ... Read More »

75th Anniversary of Los Angeles Union Station…

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Kim Novak arrived aboard the Southern Pacific’s GOLDEN STATE from Chicago.  Alan Ladd and Virginia Leith travelled aboard the Santa Fe’s SUPER CHIEF from Chicago. From all-Pullman trains, deluxe service and 1950s glamour to Amtrak.  Now a memory of the great trains of LA Union Station and a past now gone with the wind.  Popular star Kim Novak steps off the ... Read More »