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Donald Trump backed Frank Gehry’s 8150 Sunset project will demolish Kurt Meyer-designed historic mid-Century Lytton Savings Building on the Sunset Strip.

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Donald Trump and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s wife are connected to the 8150 Sunset New York developers. Last Thursday the Los Angeles City Planning Commission (CPC) held a public hearing on the 8150 Sunset Project being developed by New York Angelo, Gordon – Townscape, designed by Frank Gehry. The Planning Commission, backed by the Los Angeles Planning Department, voted to ... Read More »

Mid-Century style and fire safety on the SS United States. Crystal Cruises saves America’s last great ocean liner

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Crystal Cruises, knowing the values of maintaining mid-century design, are planning to bring back the SS United States 1950s and 1960s ocean liner into service. Jackie Gleason and John Wayne aboard the mid-century liner.  Upon her delivery to the United States Lines, the SS United States was most graceful, modern, powerful and sleekest vessel in the world. With her two oversized ... Read More »

Retro 1950s: “Psycho” Star Janet Leigh and “A Kiss Before Dying” Virginia Leith aboard the Santa Fe streamliner SUPER CHIEF…

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Star of Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, Janet Leigh is ready to board the famous SUPER CHIEF and Virginia Leith, star of A KISS BEFORE DYING shows us the all-Pullman train during the 1950s in a promotional film. Even the characters from TV’s MAD MEN may have been aboard the train all through the 1960s. A lot of executives would take the ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC – Father Browne’s famous photographic collection…

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The Titanic didn’t just send hundreds of its passengers to the bottom of the ocean—it also took all the evidence of what life was like on board for the ill-fated travelers. Or at least it would have, were it not for Francis Browne. A short film about the Father Frank Browne’s photography on board the Titanic. Frank Browne’s mother died ... Read More »

Before Amtrak – Golden Age of American Passenger Trains…

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Pullman and American Passenger Trains – Social History – Photos – 1940s and 1950s – The Golden Age of American Passenger Trains…     New York Central’s streamlined Mercury One of New York Central’s two Class K-5a Pacifics (Nos. 4915 and 4917) that the road streamlined in 1936 for the Chicago–Detroit Mercury appears to have the train well in hand. ... Read More »

The world’s first cruise ship… the Prinzessin Victoria Luise…

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The S.S. Prinzessin Victoria Luise, surely one of the most beautiful ships ever launched, had an even shorter career of only 6 years. She was not a great transatlantic liner like the RMS Titanic, rather she was the world’s first cruise ship. It was on a West Indian Cruise in 1906, where she ran aground and could not be re-floated. ... Read More »

THE NIGHT BOATS… NEW YORK TO BOSTON… THE FALL RIVER LINE…

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Cruise History – The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the Sound on “Mammoth Palace Steamers” in the heyday of the side-wheelers and night boats. The Fall River Line was a combination steamboat and railroad connection between New York City and Boston that operated between 1847 and 1937. It consisted of a railroad journey between ... Read More »

Newsreel footage of Holland-America Line – 1920s and 1930s

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Cruising the Past: Newsreel footage of Holland-America Line’s TSS Rotterdam 1915 (seen above) and SS Nieuw Amsterdam 1938. These are great scenes of Holland-America Liner’s TSS ROTTERDAM and the SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM The ROTTERDAM IV – 1908 – 1940.  –  Built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, the ROTTERDAM IV featured service for 530 First, 555 Second and 2,124 Third Class ... Read More »

Passenger Lists… the Bible for shipboard travel…

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Cruise History: Passenger lists were the Bibles for shipboard travel. Here is an excellent article from Cruise Travel Magazine by ship-expert Theodore W. Scull that discusses the subject in depth. Cunard Line Passenger List Monaco’s Prince Rainier and his princess, the former Hollywood star Grace Kelly, would be found on the passenger list.  They are seen here on the SS ... Read More »

The RMS Empress of Ireland – 112 years ago – the other Titanic

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Why has the RMS Empress of Ireland tragedy been forgotten? The sinking of the RMS Empress Of Ireland hit Canada hard and was the worst maritime disaster in Canadian history. Occurring just two years after the RMS Titanic disaster, and a year before the loss of the RMS Lusitania, it is essentially forgotten. Why? The Empress disaster does not have ... Read More »