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FILM REVIEW: LINCOLN

Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN: Abe is as Wooden as Washington’s Teeth – But Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a presidential performance, and Tommy Lee Jones steals the show The film is like watching a blade of grass grow. For all its good intentions and spurts of innovation, though, LINCOLN never really comes alive as living, breathing history. Instead, it too often plays like ... Read More »

THE SUPER CHIEF – JANET LEIGH (STAR OF HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO) DOES FASHION ON “THE TRAIN OF THE STARS”

SOCIAL HISTORY – – JANET LEIGH, STAR OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO, IS READY TO BOARD AND VIRGINIA LEITH, STAR OF “A KISS BEFORE DYING, SHOWS US THE ALL-PULLMAN TRAIN. EVEN THE CHARACTERS FROM “MAD MEN” COULD HAVE BEEN SEEN ON THIS TRAIN IN THE EARLY 1960S. Virginia Leith, 20th Century Fox star of “A Kiss Before Dying”, did this fun ... Read More »

Book Review: ELSA MAXWELL – Gilded Gatekeeper – Pianist, gossip columnist, TV star, and above all a giver of great parties, Elsa Maxwell was famous for being herself.

Maxwell and host Garry Moore enjoy stuffed pheasant under glass, whereas the panel have been served food appropriated from each other’s refrigerators. ELSA MAXWELL – Gilded Gatekeeper – Pianist, gossip columnist, TV star, and above all a giver of great parties, Elsa Maxwell was famous for being herself. Elsa Maxwell, Tyrone Power and the Duke of Windsor at a 1948 ... Read More »

CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH… when getting there was half the fun!

Excellent video on Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH… Cruise History – The RMS Queen Elizabeth was the second of the two ocean-liners which Cunard had built for the New York service. After lengthy negotiations between Sir Percy Bates, chairman of Cunard, and the Government a formal contract for what was known as job 535 was signed on 6 October 1936. ... Read More »

PRESIDENT TRUMAN’S “WHISTLE-STOP” CAMPAIGN AND THE END OF A TRADITION IN AMERICAN POLITICS.

Social History: Excellent home footage of President Truman on his campaign train “whistle-stop”… Rear of train and Sam Wah cafe during during Harry Truman’s Whistle Stop tour. Austin, Texas. – 1948 The “whistle-stop” tour has been a tradition in American politics since the mid-1800s. Politicians travelled the nation by train, stopping to speak to citizens from a platform at the ... Read More »

THE 20th CENTURY LIMITED – HISTORY OF THE “RED CARPET” AND A GREAT TRAIN –

RED CARPET TREATMENT STARTED WITH THE 20TH CENTURY LIMITED –TRAIN OF TYCOONS AND STARS THAT RAN NIGHTLY BETWEEN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO Have you wondered where the much-overused phrase “the red carpet treatment” originated? It all started with the 20th Century Limited. It was a “Magic Carpet” high speed overnight Pullman commute between New York and Chicago as pitched in ... Read More »

STEVE JOBS’ YACHT “VENUS” PREMIERES

SOCIAL HISTORY – Steve Jobs’ Yacht “Venus” Premiers… Steve Jobs’  yacht “Venus” is launched…  You couldn’t expect Apple founder Steve Jobs to cruise the world in an off-the-shelf yacht. Sadly, he died before the launch on Sunday of the custom yacht that Dutch shipbuilder Koninklijke De Vries was building for him. The ship, named “Venus,” is 70 meters to 80 meters long ... Read More »

U.S.S. WILLIAMSBURG – PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN’S PRESIDENTIAL YACHT IS STILL FOR SALE…

The Presidential Yacht Williamsburg at the Naval Station Key West during a visit by President Truman. CRUISE AND SOCIAL HISTORY U.S.S. WILLIAMSBURG – PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN’S PRESIDENTIAL YACHT… Excellent video of Truman aboard the yacht on vacation. President Harry Truman’s presidential yacht, the vessel once known as the U.S.S. Williamsburg went up for sale in the spring of 2011 for ... Read More »

CROSSING THE EQUATOR on the MOORE-McCORMACK LINES

On the 9th July 1913 Messrs. McCormack and Moore (both just shy of 33 years of age) formed Moore & McCormack Company, Incorporated, to charter ships, then to own them.  Capitalized at $5,000 with three officer-directors (Henry F. Molloy, as Secretary), with two desks in a ninth floor office of an eleven-story building at 29 Broadway and with ambitions, plans, ... Read More »

Hollywood to Honolulu – Filming aboard the SS CALAWAII in 1932…

A Turner Classic Movies preview from ONE WAY PASSAGE aboard the SS CALAWAII in 1932 – great view of LASSCO’s steamship SS CALAWAII arriving in Honolulu. Kay Francis and William Powell filming aboard the SS CALAWAII. With three-quarters of its scenes actually made at sea aboard LASSCO’s SS CALAWAII, especially chartered and turned into a “floating studio” for the production ... Read More »

LAST STREETCAR IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

Social History – Last Streetcar in Cleveland, Ohio. Last run of the Clark Avenue Trolley – 1940s… Cleveland Trolley Car 4068 at West 25th St. and Bridge Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio. Like most large American cites, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, had a large network of streetcar lines in the first half of the 20th Century. The lines were operated by the ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY: CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH – THE LAST GREAT TRANS-ATLANTIC LINER

CRUISE and SOCIAL HISTORY: CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH                                                               ‘THE LAST GREAT TRANS-ATLANTIC LINER The RMS Queen Elizabeth sailing into New York – 1950s. The RMS Queen Elizabeth was the ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LOS ANGELES TIMES – THE DECLINE AND FALL OF A GREAT NEWSPAPER…

SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LOS ANGELES TIMES – FROM THE CHANDLER FAMILY TO SAM ZELL – THE DECLINE AND FALL OF A GREAT NEWSPAPER… HOW LONG WILL IT LAST? NORMAN CHANDLER (THE FAMILY THAT FOUNDED THE LOS ANGELES TIMES) ON THE COVER LIFE – WHEN THE LA TIMES WAS A GREAT NEWSPAPER SAM ZELL (THE MAN WHO BOUGHT THE LOS ANGELES ... Read More »

FIRST CLASS HISTORY: CRYSTAL CRUISE LINES AND ITS NOBEL PARENTS – NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK LINE)

FIRST CLASS HISTORY: CRYSTAL CRUISE LINES  AND ITS NOBEL PARENTS – NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK LINE) Excellent Video: N.Y.K. Line passenger ship M.S. Chichibu Maru sets sail in 1935 for Shanghai, Hawaii and San Francisco.  The video is probably one of the few surviving films of NYK’s great passenger service.  The NYK Line seal proudly graces the bow of each Crystal Cruises ship. ... Read More »

LAST OF THE AMERICAN FLAG PASSENGER SHIPS – SS SANTA MARIA – 1983 – DELTA LINES (THE GRACE LINE)

A home video of a trip on the “SS Santa Maria” taken in 1983. This was one of four cargo passenger ships built by Grace Line in 1964 and operated by Delta Lines in the 1970s and early 1980s. These ships were often called the “M” ships. This is of a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco about a ... Read More »