Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

Social History: 1940s Promotional Film Shows Chicago From Another Era…


From United Airlines to Rock Island Streamliners to Cruise-Ships… Incredible film produced by the Chicago Board Of Education gives an aerial and ground tour of Chicago during the 1940s where it shows the city’s former industrial areas, its educational institutions and art deco skyline.  Chicago – A Film from the Chicago Board Of Education on Vimeo. Click on above to watch ... Read More »

The Pullman Porters…


They made beds and cleaned toilets. They shined shoes, dusted jackets, cooked meals and washed dishes. Yet the Pullman porters created history in the face of adversity and racial prejudice. They helped form the foundation for the black middle class, and became instrumental in the civil rights movement. Follow two former porters as they travel from their homes in Seattle ... Read More »

SS HARVARD – California’s night boat from Los Angeles to San Francisco went aground in 1931…

SS-Harvard-May-30-1931-3 copy

On May 31, 1931 the passenger steamship SS Harvard went aground off Point Arguello, California. The Harvard was running its regular schedule between San Francisco and Los Angeles with 500 passengers when it went hard aground during the night in heavy fog. The sea was calm and there was no panic among the passengers. The Harvard’s lifeboats were lowered and ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES – The last American liner still afloat. But for how long?

Screen shot 2014-03-10 at 3.47.52 PM

Best-selling author and illustrator David Macaulay made a case last Thursday for saving the SS United States, a once-majestic ocean liner that has been deteriorating for years at a pier along the Delaware River. It’s “a unique object, a symbol of time in American history that we’ve sort of long since passed,” Macaulay said in a telephone interview. “It’s important ... Read More »

TITANIC HISTORY – At least it won’t sink: Former headquarters of RMS Titanic’s White Star Line transformed into luxury hotel…


The former headquarters of the White Star Line – the shipping company which built and operated the ill-fated RMS Titanic liner – have been transformed into a luxury hotel thanks to a £5.5million renovation, pictured above. The hotel now boasts 65 lavish apartments which will house up to 310 guests across 11 floors… The former headquarters of the shipping company ... Read More »

Cruise Ship Firsts Through History…


Cruises as we know them today are really only about 50 years old, but the tradition goes back more then a hundred years when passengers started booking travel on mail ships crossing the Atlantic… These cargo vessels evolved into the grand ocean liners whose names we still remember: Lusitania, Titanic, Queen Mary. Now the cruise lines are always competing to ... Read More »



A lot of things can happen at sea — pirates, mutiny, murder and bad weather not to mention (if you’re so inclined) alien abductions, clashes with sea monsters and the mysterious workings of the Bermuda Triangle. George Raft plays a ship’s captain who sets out to get the guys who murdered his father in Johnny Angel (1945) – Raft’s father is the captain ... Read More »

1949: 3-Week MISSISSIPPI Cruise aboard the steamboat GORDON C. GREENE – Ten Dollars a Day!


This is one of the last journeys aboard the steamboat Gordon C. Greene in 1949. The steamboat Delta Queen replaced the older steamboat in the same year. The Greene Line was a line of river steamships along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  The name was later changed to Delta Queen Steamboat Company.   1849: The Steamboat Gordon C. Greene heads down the Mississippi for New Orleans. (Left: Capt. ... Read More »



Video history of the 1954 world premiere at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre… When movies were movies and stars were stars… Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Lauren Bacall are seen at the New York premiere of A STAR IS BORN in 1954… This is a great video on the Hollywood premiere for STAR IS BORN at the Pantages Theatre.  Lot’s of fun and ... Read More »