SOCIAL HISTORY

SOCIAL HISTORY: THE JAZZ AGE – NEW YORK’S CAFE DE PAREE and EARL CARROLL THEATRE – SOCIAL HISTORY

Earl Carroll review in the 1920s. In December 1934, the refurbished Earl Carroll Theatre located on the south-east corner of 7th Ave and 50th Street, New York City, opened as the French Casino. This glittering supper club was described by Fortune magazine as ‘a vast scarlet and silver restaurant which, in terraced rows of tables, seats fifteen hundred people without ... Read More »

Film Review: Kathryn Bigelow “Zero Dark Thirty” Exposes Bin Laden Hunt and Kill – Carries on the “West meets Arab” spy thriller tradition…

Social History – Spies and the Middle East proves rich background for films – Zero Dark Thirty carries on tradition. Early 1900 spies in Middle East- The Director of Military Intelligence (UK), Colonel Sir Francis Wingate, talking to an Arab civilian on leaving a train on the Sudan Military Railway, possibly near Atbara. Colonel Wingate spoke fluent Arabic. The Arab ... Read More »

THE SUPER CHIEF – JANET LEIGH (STAR OF HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO) DOES FASHION ON “THE TRAIN OF THE STARS”

SOCIAL HISTORY – – JANET LEIGH, STAR OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S PSYCHO, IS READY TO BOARD AND VIRGINIA LEITH, STAR OF “A KISS BEFORE DYING, SHOWS US THE ALL-PULLMAN TRAIN. EVEN THE CHARACTERS FROM “MAD MEN” COULD HAVE BEEN SEEN ON THIS TRAIN IN THE EARLY 1960S. Virginia Leith, 20th Century Fox star of “A Kiss Before Dying”, did this fun ... Read More »

Book Review: ELSA MAXWELL – Gilded Gatekeeper – Pianist, gossip columnist, TV star, and above all a giver of great parties, Elsa Maxwell was famous for being herself.

Maxwell and host Garry Moore enjoy stuffed pheasant under glass, whereas the panel have been served food appropriated from each other’s refrigerators. ELSA MAXWELL – Gilded Gatekeeper – Pianist, gossip columnist, TV star, and above all a giver of great parties, Elsa Maxwell was famous for being herself. Elsa Maxwell, Tyrone Power and the Duke of Windsor at a 1948 ... Read More »

THE 20th CENTURY LIMITED – HISTORY OF THE “RED CARPET” AND A GREAT TRAIN –

RED CARPET TREATMENT STARTED WITH THE 20TH CENTURY LIMITED –TRAIN OF TYCOONS AND STARS THAT RAN NIGHTLY BETWEEN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO Have you wondered where the much-overused phrase “the red carpet treatment” originated? It all started with the 20th Century Limited. It was a “Magic Carpet” high speed overnight Pullman commute between New York and Chicago as pitched in ... Read More »

STEVE JOBS’ YACHT “VENUS” PREMIERES

SOCIAL HISTORY – Steve Jobs’ Yacht “Venus” Premiers… Steve Jobs’  yacht “Venus” is launched…  You couldn’t expect Apple founder Steve Jobs to cruise the world in an off-the-shelf yacht. Sadly, he died before the launch on Sunday of the custom yacht that Dutch shipbuilder Koninklijke De Vries was building for him. The ship, named “Venus,” is 70 meters to 80 meters long ... Read More »

U.S.S. WILLIAMSBURG – PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN’S PRESIDENTIAL YACHT IS STILL FOR SALE…

The Presidential Yacht Williamsburg at the Naval Station Key West during a visit by President Truman. CRUISE AND SOCIAL HISTORY U.S.S. WILLIAMSBURG – PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN’S PRESIDENTIAL YACHT… Excellent video of Truman aboard the yacht on vacation. President Harry Truman’s presidential yacht, the vessel once known as the U.S.S. Williamsburg went up for sale in the spring of 2011 for ... Read More »

CROSSING THE EQUATOR on the MOORE-McCORMACK LINES

On the 9th July 1913 Messrs. McCormack and Moore (both just shy of 33 years of age) formed Moore & McCormack Company, Incorporated, to charter ships, then to own them.  Capitalized at $5,000 with three officer-directors (Henry F. Molloy, as Secretary), with two desks in a ninth floor office of an eleven-story building at 29 Broadway and with ambitions, plans, ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LOS ANGELES TIMES – THE DECLINE AND FALL OF A GREAT NEWSPAPER…

SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LOS ANGELES TIMES – FROM THE CHANDLER FAMILY TO SAM ZELL – THE DECLINE AND FALL OF A GREAT NEWSPAPER… HOW LONG WILL IT LAST? NORMAN CHANDLER (THE FAMILY THAT FOUNDED THE LOS ANGELES TIMES) ON THE COVER LIFE – WHEN THE LA TIMES WAS A GREAT NEWSPAPER SAM ZELL (THE MAN WHO BOUGHT THE LOS ANGELES ... Read More »