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Union Steam’s luxurious T.S.S. Awatea was the “only way to cross” the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand in the late 1930s!

The T.S.S. AWATEA Cruise History: Far away from the Trans-Atlantic services – “Down Under” – Union Steam Ship Company operated a fleet of excellent passenger ships between Australia and New Zealand until 1960. The Awatea was the ultimate statement in luxurious service and was the only way to cross the Tasman Sea in the late 1930s. Unfortunately, this beautiful jewel ... Read More »

STARS ABOARD THE SS UNITED STATES

Cruise History and Liner History: Stars aboard the US UNITED STATES… Marlon Brando and Salvidor Dali enjoying after dinner coffee in the First Class Lounge of the SS United States. It’s Captain’s Dinner aboard the SS United States in 1956 in the First Class Dining Room.  And this is the one night Judy Garland left her stateroom. Pictured: Producer Sid ... Read More »

FOX THEATRE DETROIT… Location of the GOP Debates…

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The lobby and entrance of the Fox Theatre Detroit – One of the Last Great Movie Palaces. Elvis Presley at the Fox Theatre Detroit.  1950s. The once great industrial capital of the world is home to the FOX THEATRE… one of the last remaining movies palace in the USA. Hear the Mighty Wurlitzer play at the grand Fox Theatre in ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE GRACE LINE

Social History and Cruise History – The Grace Line ad in Holiday Magazine 1956 – Cruising was much different in the 1950s.  Looking at the photos, in comparison to today’s ships, you could say it was much more civilized. Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a ... Read More »

Great Hotels and Dining Rooms – The Pump Room in Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel

The Pump Room – 1950s… Cruising The Past – Social and Travel History – THE PUMP ROOM – History of The Pump Room and Ambassador East Hotel Chicago. The Pump Room – 1960s… When Ernie Byfield opened The Pump Room in The Ambassador East Hotel on October 1, 1938, he undoubtedly had little idea that he was beginning an enterprise ... Read More »

Rosa Rio at the Tampa Theatre Wurlitzer Organ playing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” – She’s 107 and the oldest living theatre organist in the world.

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Social History: Rosa Rio at the Tampa Theatre Wurlitzer Organ – She’s 107 and 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 ... Read More »

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – The largest movie theatre ever built.

New York Social History: Radio City Music Hall – Showplace of the Nation – Over 700 movies opened here from King Kong to the Sound of Music. Click on above to hear Broadway show tunes on the greatest theatre organ in the world.  Playing songs from Gypsy, Mary Poppins and South Pacific. You Tube video of the Music Hall’s “Mighty ... Read More »

JAPAN’S Trans-Pacific Liners – Baseball players from Yale…

The ships were the fastest between the US and Japan prior to World War II. Cruise Ship History: JAPAN’S Trans-Pacific Liners – Were the fastest between the US and Japan prior to World War II. In 1935, at the invitation of Waseda University, the Yale University Baseball Team came to Japan from New Haven, Connecticut on NYK’s Tatsuta Maru , ... Read More »

Cruise Ship History: The TEV Wahine Disaster and the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand.

Cruise Ship History: The TEV Wahine Disaster and the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand. On Christmas Eve 1959 the ferry RANGITIRA (left) touched the bottom while entering Tory Channel and was forced to remain in Picton. This photo was taken on 26 December 1959 and shows Lyttelton ferry MAORI (right) which made a daylight return crossing to Picton from ... Read More »

Retro cruising on the “SS BERMUDA STAR” aboard the second all gay cruises – the ship was a.k.a. “SS Brenda Starr”…

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Retro cruising on the “SS BERMUDA STAR” aboard the second all gay cruises – the ship was a.k.a. “SS Brenda Starr”… One of the first all gay cruises – Cruising on the SS BERMUDA STAR in 1987 aboard the second all gay cruises operated by RSVP.  It is a retro look at gay life.  Operated by gay pioneer RSVP the ... Read More »