Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

P&O Lines in the 1950s…

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Take a voyage with us as we travel back through time to reveal the fascinating story of P&O. From the Victorian age of steam, innovation and empire, through two World Wars, to a brave Elizabethan era of modernity and change, P&O has played a vital part in maritime history. Read More »

1950s CRUISE FASHIONS… From Marilyn Monroe to Grace Kelly.

Grace Kelly (Princess Grace) walks her dogs on the SS Constitution.

Appearance was very important to women during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Ladies always looked their best when they stepped outside their homes. It didn’t matter whether they were going to the grocery store, the airport, to run errands or to pick up the kids from school. This was especially true for women of the 50s and 60s, just take ... Read More »

Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA…

Photograph of the Cunard Line RMS CARONIA - 1950s World Cruise - in Sydney Harbour, Sydney Australia. Starboard view looking from the bow of the ship, the ship is dressed all over with flags, and people line the decks.

One of the most famous cruise-ships, the millionaires yacht, visits Sydney, Australia in 1951 on her annual world cruise. The RMS CARONIA was the premiere cruise ship prior to “The Love Boat” era… The passenger list was filled with America’s rich. One of the best social history travel history films. This is an excellent Cunard Line advertising film of the CARONIA through ... Read More »

CANADIAN steamers and cruise-ships to Alaska from the Klondike Gold Rush to the 1950s…

Dancing on a cruise-ship to Alaska - in the 1940s...

The Klondike gold rush galvanized the Union Steamship Company to begin operations in Alaska. The company was founded in 1889 by John Darling, the director of a New Zealand shipping company who recognized a great need for a scheduled service that would transport supplies and work crews to various northern BC sites; he also realized there was little competition in ... Read More »

When the Stars and Celebrities sailed Cunard’s great liners…

Breakfast in Bed Aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth – 1940s – In this photo: film star Paulette Goddard. The Cunard liner RMS Mauretania ...

Cunard Lines, like many other steamship companies during the 1930s through the 1960s, had public relations staff and photographers cover sailing day of all their liners – including the RMS Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Mauritania, Medea, Parthia and Caronia.   They photographed the stars as they crossed the pond and sailed from New York.  Here is a collection of photos of ... Read More »

THE GRAND MANNER OF MATSON…

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Aloha! The Grand Manner of Matson, the long-awaited White Ships sequel by Canadian author Duncan O’Brien, is a beautifully produced book covering all six of Matson’s most famous liners, from the maiden voyage of the “Malolo” in 1926 to the farewell of the “Mariposa” in 1978. Featuring hundreds of new and previously unpublished photos and artwork from the beloved Matson ... Read More »

History of Cruise Fashion…

Cruise fashion in the 1930s...

In the early days of cruising, people who went on ocean voyages filled their Louis Vuitton steamer trunks with finery. Ahoy there fellow shipsters! Here’s some delightful 16mm home movies in both black and white and color shot aboard a Caribbean cruise on the SS Haiti of the Colombian Line. When dining at the captain’s table, the women wore gowns, ... Read More »

CHASEN’S – the famous Hollywood restaurant lasted into the 1990s and no credit cards were honored. 

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Chasen’s was a glamorous world – “Celebrity chefs” will never replace stylish hosts and personalities such as Dave Chasen or Vincent Sardi or Mike Romanoff. The “chefs” were in the kitchen. Not greeting you at the front door! Now the once famous eatery is a supermarket catering to the new rich and what Dave Chasen would call the déclassé. Ava ... Read More »