Category Archives: SOCIAL HISTORY

THE “NIGHT FERRY” carried the DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR from LONDON TO PARIS…

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The “Night Ferry” was the first, and until the opening of the Channel Tunnel the only, through train from London to Paris. The “Night Ferry” being loaded to cross the English Channel. The train was made up of sleeping cars provided by the CIWL (Companie Internationale des Wagon-lits or International Sleeping Car Company) of “Orient Express” fame. (Left) The Duke ... Read More »

OSCAR HISTORY… Judy Garland in A STAR IS BORN…

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Video history of the 1954 world premiere at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre… When movies were movies and stars were stars… Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Lauren Bacall are seen at the New York premiere of A STAR IS BORN in 1954… This is a great video on the Hollywood premiere for STAR IS BORN at the Pantages Theatre.  Lot’s of fun and ... Read More »

WHEN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES RODE THE RAILS… President Truman’s “Whistle-stop” Tour…

Social History: Excellent home footage of President Truman on his campaign train “whistle-stop”… Rear of train and Sam Wah cafe during during Harry Truman’s Whistle Stop tour. Austin, Texas. – 1948 The “whistle-stop” tour has been a tradition in American politics since the mid-1800s. Politicians travelled the nation by train, stopping to speak to citizens from a platform at the ... Read More »

THE GATEWAY TO THE SUNSET STRIP…

From the infamous GARDEN OF ALLAH to the mid-century iconic architectural gem LYTTON CENTER to a proposed 20-STORY APARTMENT PROJECT to be built on a major earthquake fault according to experts at CAL TECH… The Garden of Allah was once Hollywood’s most famous – or perhaps infamous – hotel during from the 1930s through the 1950s.  Corrupt Los Angeles officials ... Read More »

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES… one of the greatest American movies ever made…

William Wyler’s 1946 masterpiece, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, is the story of three servicemen and the trials they face readjusting to society and their families after World War II.  It is one of my all-time favorite movies, and though it is almost three hours long, the first time I saw BEST YEARS, I was so impressed that I ... Read More »

J. D. SALINGER (Catcher In The Rye) was a cruise director aboard Swedish America Line’s MS Kungsholm in 1941…

Cruise History: Catcher In the Rye’s J. D. SALINGER was a cruise director aboard Swedish America Line’s MS Kungsholm in 1941… MS KUNGSHOLM on Caribbean Cruise – by 1941, with the war in Europe, most liners were not crossing the Atlantic. For the following information we wish to thank Lars Hemingstam and his excellent website on the Swedish American Line – click here to ... Read More »

Cruise and Social History: 4th of July – Beginning of the 20th Century – the Lake Michigan steamer TASHMOO…

Social History: 4th of July – Beginning of the 20th Century – Great Lakes steamers on Independence Day… the LAKE STEAMER TASHMOO… 4th of July – 1901 – Detroit, Michigan – Excursion steamers Tashmoo and Idlewild at wharves… The Tashmoo was the first ship constructed in 1900 and was launched on December 31, 1899. It was built by the Detroit ... Read More »

MAD MEN TV Travel in the 1960s – Sailing from Los Angeles to Nassau aboard the P&O-Orient Lines liner SS ORIANA. Part One…

MAD MEN Series Travel in the 1950s and 1960s: Thanks to TravBuddy and contributor Andy99 for the following account of a voyage he made aboard the SS Oriana (P&O Orient Lines) from Los Angeles to Nassau. This voyage was one of many available during the MAD MEN TV era – 1950-1960s. A wonderful video tribute to the SS Oriana… By ... Read More »

2013 “THE GREAT GATSBY” Film Review – Dumbing Down The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann’s Spectacle Misses the Point!

2013 “THE GREAT GATSBY” Film Review – Dumbing Down The Great Gatsby: Baz Luhrmann’s Spectacle Misses the Point! Baz Luhrmann’s new 3-D movie “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and ... Read More »