Author Archives: Michael L. Grace

Rosa Rio – an American phenomenon…

Rosa Rio, 103, at the Tampa Theatre Wurlitzer following her performance for the silent film "Beyond the Rocks" at the ATOS National Convention in May 2006.

Rosa Rio was the oldest living theatre organist in the world. She was also a famous staff organist for NBC. She played for such famous radio shows as: Lorenzo Jones, The Shadow and Town Hall Tonight. Be sure to click on the You Tube Video arrow above – to see Rosa Rio (at 103 years old) playing the Wurlitzer Organ. ... Read More »

EMPRESS OF JAPAN – Canadian Pacific’s express liner crossed the Pacific during the 1930s in 10 Days…

Swimming pool on the Empress of Japan (Empress of Scotland)

In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction of the magnificent S/S Empress of Japan. She was a very handsome ship and had magnificent interiors that now are associated with the Empress liners of Canadian Pacific. Great video history of the S.S. Empress of Japan… Canadian Pacific’s EMPRESS OF JAPAN- 193os postcards… This mighty ship ... Read More »

FRENCH LINE’S SS DE GRASSE – a great Trans-Atlantic liner that sailed for the French Line from New York to Europe after World War 2…

Officers aboard the SS DeGrasse...

The SS De Grasse was the liner that represented France and the French Line after World War 2. She sailed dramatically from the USA (New York) to Europe through the late 1940s and into the 1950s when the larger French Line vessels replaced her as the only queen of the Atlantic. The French Line’s SS De Grasse.  The first liner ... Read More »

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 »