SOCIAL HISTORY

P&O Lines in the 1950s…

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Take a voyage with us as we travel back through time to reveal the fascinating story of P&O. From the Victorian age of steam, innovation and empire, through two World Wars, to a brave Elizabethan era of modernity and change, P&O has played a vital part in maritime history. Read More »

1950s CRUISE FASHIONS… From Marilyn Monroe to Grace Kelly.

Grace Kelly (Princess Grace) walks her dogs on the SS Constitution.

Appearance was very important to women during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Ladies always looked their best when they stepped outside their homes. It didn’t matter whether they were going to the grocery store, the airport, to run errands or to pick up the kids from school. This was especially true for women of the 50s and 60s, just take ... Read More »

Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA…

Photograph of the Cunard Line RMS CARONIA - 1950s World Cruise - in Sydney Harbour, Sydney Australia. Starboard view looking from the bow of the ship, the ship is dressed all over with flags, and people line the decks.

One of the most famous cruise-ships, the millionaires yacht, visits Sydney, Australia in 1951 on her annual world cruise. The RMS CARONIA was the premiere cruise ship prior to “The Love Boat” era… The passenger list was filled with America’s rich. One of the best social history travel history films. This is an excellent Cunard Line advertising film of the CARONIA through ... Read More »

CANADIAN steamers and cruise-ships to Alaska from the Klondike Gold Rush to the 1950s…

Dancing on a cruise-ship to Alaska - in the 1940s...

The Klondike gold rush galvanized the Union Steamship Company to begin operations in Alaska. The company was founded in 1889 by John Darling, the director of a New Zealand shipping company who recognized a great need for a scheduled service that would transport supplies and work crews to various northern BC sites; he also realized there was little competition in ... Read More »

THE GRAND MANNER OF MATSON…

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Aloha! The Grand Manner of Matson, the long-awaited White Ships sequel by Canadian author Duncan O’Brien, is a beautifully produced book covering all six of Matson’s most famous liners, from the maiden voyage of the “Malolo” in 1926 to the farewell of the “Mariposa” in 1978. Featuring hundreds of new and previously unpublished photos and artwork from the beloved Matson ... Read More »

Immigrants to America on the SS IMPERATOR

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Millions of Americans have made the United States the most multicultural nation in the world. From the time Ellis Island opened in upper New York harbor near the Statue of Liberty in 1892 to the time it closed in 1954, it served as the portal for the vast majority of new immigrants. They arrived aboard German, British, Italian, French, Polish ... Read More »

Le Cirque aboard Holland-America Line…

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Holland America Line added the famous Le Cirque restaurant as “An Evening at Le Cirque” featured in the Pinnacle Grill aboard its fleet of 15 ships. Additional enhancements to the program include screenings of the HBO documentary “Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven” on in-stateroom television, as well as the opportunity to purchase a Le Cirque crème brûlée dish and Le Cirque ... Read More »

The Movie Palace – from Hollywood to London to Berlin…

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A great history of the past. Thousands of wonderful theaters were destroyed by greedy developers. Especially in Los Angeles – where politicians are paid off by developers. Columbus was lucky – the Ohio Theatre is a testimony to true American spririt. The Ohio Theatre – the greatest restored movie palace in the USA. In this 1986 performance at the Ohio ... Read More »