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“LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE… first major celebrity to have a publicly open gay relationship and a lover of trains…

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San Francisco Chronicle columnist Lucius Beebe was probably the first gay men and major celebrity to have a publicly open relationship. An author, journalist, historian, raconteur, gourmet and bon vivant extraordinary – this extraordinary personality was world famous and a long time columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He loved trains and had his own private railway car. From the 1930s until ... Read More »

MS STOCKHOLM – Collided with the Italian Line’s SS ANDREA DORIA…

Passengers aboard the Andrea Doria.

MS STOCKHOLM – Collided with the Italian Line’s ANDREA DORIA. The Italian press called the Stockholm the “ship of death” (La nave della morte). The Stockholm returning to New York after her collision with the Andrea Doria. Her bow severely damaged. Public rooms, the pool and staterooms aboard the Stockholm. Dining on the Stockholm At 525 feet (160.02 m) with ... Read More »

Gateway to San Francisco in the 1950s. Streamliners, the SP ferries and the Oakland Pier.

Passengers have just arrived on mid-1950s morning aboard the City of San Francisco from Chicago after a 39 1/2 hour trip (the fastest thing on wheels) and are heading to the ferry for a quick cruise across the bay to the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Southern Pacific Railroad’s OAKLAND PIER in the 1950s… Gateway to San Francisco… Southern Pacific was one of the nation’s major railroads with headquarters in San Francisco. It was taken over by the Union Pacific Railroad Afternoon commuters stream from SP ferry Sacramento at Oakland Pier in the early 1950s. At the peak of Service, SP’s Steamer Division handled over 26 ... Read More »

The USS WILLIAMSBURG… President Harry Truman’s presidential yacht scrapped…

President Harry S. Truman and Winston Churchill aboard the presidential yacht in the 1940s.

The steel-hulled, diesel-powered yacht Aras was laid down on March 19, 1930, by the Bath Iron Works; launched on December 8, 1930; and delivered to wood-pulp magnate Hugh J. Chisholm on January 15, 1931. The Aras, a long graceful steel ship, was sold in April 1941 to the US Navy for use as a patrol gunboat and re-christened it USS Williamsburg. ... Read More »

Alaska Steamship Company: First Class cruising to Alaska for $9.00 a day in the 1950s…

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Sailing day meant excitement for the Alaska Steamship Company liners. Here is the SS Alaska sailing from Seattle in 1952. A look at the final days of the Alaska Steamship Company with a history of the famous organization that provided passenger service to the far north.  A fond farewell. The SS Denali ends the era of passenger service for the Alaska ... Read More »

Crystal Cruises throws in the towel on saving the SS United States but activists continue the fight..

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The S.S. United States, the world’s fastest ocean liner, won’t be sailing the seas again after all. The Titanic-size ship — which in its 1950s prime offered one of the most stylish ways to travel between New York and Europe — has been mothballed for decades, ever since jet travel ended the era of the trans-Atlantic super-liner. It is docked ... Read More »

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 »

The Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles. Torn down to make room for a parking lot. Developers continue to own Los Angeles politicians…

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The Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles was a movie palace opened in January 1923 as Grauman’s Metropolitan Theatre. The largest theatre in Southern California. Movies and stage shows. Elvis Presley in person at the Paramount in person. Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood on the gigantic screen in “The Girl I Left Behind”… It was built by impresario Sid Grauman, who had ... 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 »