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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 »


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 »

EVA BRAUN (Hitler’s longtime companion and wife) aboard Hamburg-America Line’s MS Milwaukee on a 1939 cruise.

Eva Braun aboard the MS Milwaukee in 1939. Fragments of one of the best film from the Eva Braun’s collection. We can see Eva reflected in the glass of the Hamburg America Line agency while filming her mother’s arrival in a black Mercedes-Benz. The parts of the film with shots of the ocean and seagulls reveal the great skills Eva ... Read More »

THE GARDEN OF ALLAH HOTEL … was once (West) Hollywood’s most famous – or perhaps infamous – hotel.

Social History: A wonderful video of The Garden of Allah…  “Don’t it always seem to go / That you don’t know what you’ve got / ‘Til it’s gone / They paved paradise / And put up a parking lot” ?–Joni Mitchell, “Big Yellow Taxi” Urban legend has it that folk music legend and “lady of the canyon” Joni Mitchell penned ... Read More »


A cruise on the Grace Line’s S.S. Santa Rosa across the caribbean and through the Panama Canal in the 1930s. The SS Santa Rosa (1932) (later SS Athinai) was a passenger and cargo ocean liner built for the Grace Line. The vessel was one of four ships (including the Santa Paula, Santa Lucia, and Santa Elena) ordered in 1930 from ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC – Third Class or Steerage Passengers aboard the ill-fated liner.

RMS TITANIC – Third Class or Steerage Passengers aboard the ill-fated liner. Last photo taken of the RMS Titanic – Sailing away from Queenstown, Ireland.  The majority of the 700-plus steerage passengers on the RMS Titanic were emigrants. Only 25 percent of the Titanic’s third-class passengers survived, and of that 25 percent, only a fraction were men. By contrast, about ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES – The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were “regulars” aboard the famous liner during the trans-Atlantic liner’s years of service. They used the SS United States like the Concord.

Come take a transatlantic aboard the majestic SS United States with this unidentified family circa 1965 who recorded everything with their trusty 8mm camera. Fascinating color shots of cars being loaded by cargo crane, relaxing on deck, kids playing… set to the music of the Meyer Davis Orchestra, it’s almost like being there! Our thanks to for this wonderful ... Read More »


“Never say no when a client asks for something, even if it is the moon. You can always try, and anyhow there is plenty of time afterwards to explain that it was not possible.” César Ritz (23 February 1850 – 24 October 1918) the famous Swiss hotelier and founder of several hotels, most famously the Hôtel Ritz, in Paris and ... Read More »