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The 20th Cenutry Limited in the 1930s and Kim Novak in the 1950s…

A promotional film made in 1935 by the New York Central Lines. Features a journey on the 20th Century Limited, once America’s premier train. The New York-Chicago market was the premier intercity passenger service for Eastern railroading and the New York Central’s 20th Century Limited competed with rival Pennsylvania Railroad and its Broadway Limited for top honors (although based from ... Read More »

Looking back at PAN AM – History of Pan American World Airways…

Wonderful video – History of Pan American World Airways. Documentary telling the story of how Pan American World Airways kick-started the jet-age and shrank the globe. Real-life ‘Pan Am girls’ recall a high-life of luxury and glamor; rubbing shoulders with celebrity passengers, international romances and having to wear the now infamous girdle. Stars of the jet-age such as Robert Vaughn ... Read More »

FREIGHTER TRAVEL IN THE 1950s and 1960s…

Johnson Line’s Silver Gate sails out of Vancouver for Europe via the west coast and Panama Canal in the 1950s… Prior to JET air travel in the late 1950s and 1960s, travel by cargo ship was commonplace. For those seeking privacy and wanting to avoid the large ocean liners and cruise ships freighter travel was perfect. Accommodations aboard the Johnson ... Read More »

THE SS MARIPOSA’S LAST CRUISE in 1977…

Cruise and liner history: Matson Lines and the Pacific Far East Lines. The SS Mariposa on a South Pacific cruise in the 1960s.  Great video aboard one of the last American flag cruise and passengers ships crossing the Equator.  When class and style were king. The elegant all first class liner SS MARIPOSA – sailing in the South Pacific of Pago ... Read More »

QE2 liner may return to Hong Kong as a floating hotel…

A Merry Queens Grill Christmas to one and all. Filmed onboard QE2, 15-17th December 2006. Views of ship. Gregory Dorothy, Assistant Waiter in Queens Grill restaurant, demonstrates how to prepare Crepes Suzette. From Keith Wallis at South China Morning Post… The iconic luxury passenger liner Queen Elizabeth 2 is set to return to Hong Kong this summer on its way to ... Read More »

Liner History: SS PASTEUR 1939 Cie de Navigation Sud Atlantique – A career cut short by WW 2… She became the BREMEN…

Great youtube video: The “TSS Pasteur” was a special case in ocean liner history. The great liner was never officially in service. It arrived just in time for World War II and saw little passenger service.  The Pasteur was one of the least-documented great liners of its era, yet its interiors were truly magnificent. This video is an excellent collection ... Read More »

Cruise and Social History: Brooke Astor’s disgraced son is allegedly selling a fraudulent RMS TITANIC heirloom pocket watch for one million dollars and claiming it is the one worn by John Jacob Astor to his death…

Cruise and Social History: Brooke Astor’s disgraced son is accused of hawking fake heirlooms to Titanic II partiers…  The Astors were a sailing family… Wonderful video of Brooke Astor sailing on scores of ocean liners from the 1900’s – 1950’s. She died in 2007 aged 105. Brooke Astor’s son is allegedly trying out a new fraud as he was allegedly hawking a fake gold ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY: RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – The largest movie theatre ever built!

A wonderful video all about Radio City Music Hall’s great history… At the height of the Great Depression, thousands turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall, a magnificent Art Deco theater in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people, a place of beauty where ordinary people could see high-quality ... Read More »

ARE THESE PHOTOS FROM SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA? TAKE A GUESS OR CONTRIBUTE. DO YOU KNOW?

Paul Swift sent us the following great photos. The ship is departing. Crowds, streamers and farewells. Paul couldn’t exactly state where the ship was departing from and had no record in connection with these photos. He suspected it was Sydney, Australia. I consulted maritime expert Peter Knego, Maritime Matters, and he thought it was most likely Sydney. He pointed out ... Read More »

THE 747 OF THE 1920s… THE DORNIER DO X… THE LARGEST FLYING BOAT IN THE WORLD…

The Dornier Do X was the largest, heaviest, and most powerful flying boat in the world when it was produced by the Dornier company of Germany in 1929. First conceived by Dr. Claudius Dornier in 1924, planning started in late 1925 and after over 240,000 work hours it was completed in June 1929. During the years between the two World ... Read More »

SAILING ABOARD THE AROSA LINE in the 1950s. Students and immigrants to and from Europe…

A little known shipping service – THE AROSA LINE – it provided Trans-Atlantic service for immigrants, students and families seeking lower fares. The company carried thousands of German and European immigrants to Canada and the USA during the 1950s. Although the company was known as a Swiss organization, all the ships were registered in countries of convenience such as Panama ... Read More »

Just a long weekend away to Europe, for famed actor Harold Lloyd and family, aboard the SS United States in the 1950s…

Harold Lloyd, wife Mildred Davis, granddaughter Suzanne and dogs returning from a European vacation in the 1950s aboard the SS United States sailing from Europe to New York. Harold Clayton Lloyd, Sr. (April 20, 1893 – March 8, 1971) was an American film actor and producer, most famous for his silent comedies. Lloyd crossed the Atlantic dozens of times aboard ... Read More »

CRYSTAL CRUISES carries on the DELUXE PASSENGER TRADITIONS OF THE GREAT NYK LINE…

THE M/V HIKAWA MARU was operated by the NYK Line (now Crystal Cruises). She was the only Japanese passenger vessel to survive WW 2. In her 30 years of service, the HIKAWA MARU crossed the pacific 254 times, carrying around 25,000 passengers and a great volume of cargo. 5 Stars Rating: Crystal Cruises maintains the great glamor, first class standards and excitement of ... Read More »