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 »

A 1929 home movie aboard a coastal liner cruising from Florida to Savannah on the SS NANTUCKET…


Known as the “Queen of Sea,” the Merchants and Miners Transportation Company Steamship Line operated one of the finest fleets of passenger steamers on the Atlantic Coast and ranked foremost as one of America’s top tourist routes. It was said to be the only line plying between Baltimore, Savannah, and Jacksonville. HOME MOVIE OF COAST-WISE TRIP FROM FLORIDA TO SAVANNAH ... 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.


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


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…


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 »

RMS TITANIC – Father Browne’s famous photographic collection…


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 »

Carnival Cruises announce cruises from USA to Cuba (First Since 1978)…


Carnival’s Fathom brand cruises will be the first from the USA to Cuba since 1978 and the first from Miami since 1959. The parent company of Carnival, Princess and eight other cruise brands on Monday said the Cuban government had approved its previously announced plans to begin sailings to Cuba out of Miami in May. The cruises, which already are on sale, will ... Read More »

The T.S.S. EVITA and the T.S.S. EVA PERON….

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Does Madonna know that two passengers ships were named after Eva Peron (Evita)? The Argentine liners were called the T.S.S. EVITA and the T.S.S. EVA PERON. The “Eva Peron” liner/cruise-ships…  They were similar in design to the T.S.S. JUAN PERON. (Our thanks to Timetable Images for these great photos: The ships ran from Argentina (South America) to Europe and the USA. ... Read More »