SOCIAL HISTORY

Last voyage of the legendary SS NORMANDIE…

SS Normandie...

 Greatest liner to ever “cross the pond” from Europe to America. Wonderful new color film of the elegant Last voyage of the legendary SS NORMANDIE… French Line steamship. Never before seen… August 28, 1939 – The last voyage aboard the SS Normandie. One of the great videos of the greatest liners of all time. The French Line trans-Atlantic liner. Color ... Read More »

The SS UNITED STATES won’t be scrapped – For Now

John Wayne and SS United States Captain ... aboard the  SS UNITED STATES... 1950s.

Supporters of the SS United States have struck a preliminary deal “to protect and repurpose” the Newport News-built ocean liner, a monument to a bygone era seeking new life as a modern waterfront attraction. Details were scarce Monday in an announcement from the SS United States Conservancy, the nonprofit group that owns the ship. However, it was clear more work ... Read More »

Elsa Maxwell: the greatest celebrity of all-time…

Elsa Maxwell with Marilyn Monroe.

Pianist, gossip columnist, TV star, and above all a giver of great parties, Elsa Maxwell was famous for being herself. She was most likely far more interesting than the celebrities she covered. Elsa Maxwell first worked as a theatre pianist after leaving school at the age of 14 and before touring with a troupe in various music halls. Elsa Maxwell, ... Read More »

The Pump Room at Chicago’s former Ambassador East Hotel

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood in the Pump Room. www.cruisingthepast.com

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 that would still be thriving to this day. Today, The Pump Room remains highly acclaimed restaurant and Chicago landmark. Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast inside the Ambassador East Hotel, the Pump Room’s traditional ... Read More »

1948 Olympic Team sails aboard liner America

USA Olympic Rowing Team sails for London 1948 Olympics aboard the liner SS America.

The USA Olympic Team sailed aboard the SS America. The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in London, England, United Kingdom. The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in London, England, United ... Read More »

Veteran’s Day: Travel by Train in World War 2

A soldier kisses his girl goodbye - ready to board a train..

Celebrating Veteran’s Day – A look back at wartime transportation in WW 2. Trains were crowded with standing room only. Dining cars were full and most of the trains only served two meals a day. It was a major boom to train travel. The Pullman Company operating all sleeping cars. Pullmans was accommodating 1000s of people on overnight trains. Here ... Read More »

THE LOVE BOAT sails again…

Major Broadway Stars -Ethel Merman, Ann Miller and Carol Channing with "Captain" Gavin MacCloud ready to film LOVE BOAT 2-Hour special in the 1980s.

It’s a blast from the past, as the ship’s whistle for the brand new Regal Princess is the theme from “The Love Boat,” the romance sitcom from 1976 until 1986 that helped make cruising mainstream. The Love Boat was known for its frothy romances and the steady stream of well-known actors who made guest appearances on the show — Wikipedia ... Read More »

Matson Line’s SS Lurline “was” Hawaii in the 1950s…

Aboard the SS Lurline in the 1950s...

In the 1950s, a cruise to Hawaii was sailing round-trip from California to Honolulu (alternating between San Francisco and Los Angeles) on Matson Line’s SS Lurline. The first class ship made the crossing in 4 and 1/2 days. Most passengers spent 9 dqys in Hawaii before returning to the California major cities. It was an American flag ship with an all American crew. Trapshooting ... Read More »

I Love Lucy, Grace Kelly and the SS Constitution…

Grace Kelly on the SS Constitution... www.cruiselinehistory.com

The SS Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines. She was commissioned in 1951. She sailed on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence. The ships were two of the world’s most famous, popular, and innovative ocean liners, following World War 2. They were symbols of ... Read More »

The Pullman Streamliner City of Los Angeles…

Dining aboard the CITY OF LOS ANGELES - 1960s. www.cruisingthepast.com

Streamliner & Pullman History: The City of Los Angeles was a streamlined passenger train between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California via Omaha, Nebraska, and Ogden, Utah. Between Omaha and Los Angeles it ran on the Union Pacific Railroad; east of Omaha it ran on the Chicago and North Western Railway until October 1955 and on the Milwaukee Road thereafter. The train ... Read More »