SOCIAL HISTORY

From the Telegram to iBahn

Above – a view from the past.  Telegrams, Telegraphs and Radiograms.  This is how you use to communicate from Europe.   Instead of excellent services like the Western Union Telegram you have no choice but to use a company called IBAHN when in Europe.  IBAHN has to be one of the great rip-offs of the 21st Century.  And its headquarters ... Read More »

“LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE ON TODAY’S NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY

CRUISING THE PAST: “LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE ON TODAY’S NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY – “LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE by Michael L. Grace From the 1930s until his death in 1966, Lucius Beebe was the image of celebrity. An author, journalist, historian, raconteur, gourmet and bon vivant extraordinary – this extraordinary personality was one of the first gay men to have a publicly ... Read More »

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD – TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY MERCER

HOLLYWOOD HISTORY – HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD – TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY MERCER GREAT YOUTUBE VIDEO OF HOLLYWOOD HISTORY – CLICK TO PLAY John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer (November 18, 1909 – June 25, 1976) was an American songwriter and singer. As a songwriter, he is best known as a lyricist, but he also composed music. He was also a popular singer who ... Read More »

Rosa Rio at the Tampa Theatre Wurlitzer Organ playing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” – She’s 107 and the oldest living theatre organist in the world.

Social History: Rosa Rio at the Tampa Theatre Wurlitzer Organ – She’s 107 and the oldest living theatre organist in the world.  She was also a famous staff organist for NBC.  She played for such famous radio shows as: Lorenzo Jones, The Shadow and Town Hall Tonight. Be sure to click on the You Tube Video arrow above – to ... Read More »

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL – The largest movie theatre ever built.

New York Social History: Radio City Music Hall – Showplace of the Nation – Over 700 movies opened here from King Kong to the Sound of Music. Click on above to hear Broadway show tunes on the greatest theatre organ in the world.  Playing songs from Gypsy, Mary Poppins and South Pacific. You Tube video of the Music Hall’s “Mighty ... Read More »

Orrin Tucker & His Orchestra – Perhaps the only living big band leader from the 1920s – 1940s era.

Social History: Orrin Tucker ad His Orchestra – Perhaps the only living big band leader from the 1920s – 1940s era.  He studied to be a doctor, played the saxophone and formed a band in college.  Tucker became a major band for society dance music and was the first band signed by Columbia Records. Great You Tube video from Aron ... Read More »

MARLENE DIETRICH AT BERLIN’S ADLON HOTEL

Adlon Hotel History: Marlene Dietrich, Berlin, 1929.  At the annual Presseball in the famous Hotel Adlon, Dietrich wore tails and pants, which was unheard of at that time. She had to stand very still because the exposure was always between half a second and a second. If someone moved I had to take the picture over again. CLICK HERE TO ... Read More »

Cruising The Past looks at one of the great movie palaces. The largest ever built in Los Angeles. Sid Gauman’s Metropolitan.

Stage of the Paramount Theatre Los Angeles. Cruising The Past examines social history and looks at one of the great movie palaces. The largest ever built in Los Angeles.  Sid Grauman’s Metropolitan. Left: As the Metropolitan Theatre, Right: As the Paramount Theatre. Sid Grauman’s Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Los Angeles opened in 1923. Grauman, the theatre impresario, had already built ... Read More »

Addison Mizner – Social History in Palm Beach from New York Social Diary – Mansions and Yachts

Addison Mizner (left) and his career as an architect of fact and fable.  From mansions to yachts. More Social History in Palm Beach from a great story in New York Social Diary. Cruising The Past also looks at one of Mizner’s first clients: Edward Townsend Stotesbury and his yacht Neveda. Our thanks to Wayne C. Wilcox and his STOTESBURY.COM website ... Read More »

Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA was the cruise ship of millionaries.

Cruise History: Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA was the cruise ship of millionaires. The Caronia was called the “Green Goddess” – and probably is the most famous cruise ship of all time. The RMS CARONIA TIMELINE is a website we are saluting. It is devoted to this great ship. This truly is a lovingly created site and one of the best ... Read More »