SOCIAL HISTORY

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 »

Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC.

Cruise History – New York – Le Cirque’s famous owner Sirio Maccioni started as a waiter “crossing the pond” aboard the Home Lines SS ATLANTIC.  After achieving success, he sailed trans-Atlantic years later as a first class passenger aboard the Italian Line’s SS GIULIO CESARE.   In June 2004 Maccioni published his biography, Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le ... Read More »

Cruising the Past in the 1920s: Travel and society in the twenties. The “Lost Generation” aboard ships, trains and hotels. Getting there for Americans was “half the fun”!

A great youtube video of Flappers… They sailed and cruised aboard foreign flag liners that sold booze… They crossed America aboard great trains… They stayed in famous hotels… Read More »

Cruise History – 1928 – HOME MOVIE OF COAST-WISE TRIP FROM FLORIDA TO SAVANNAH aboard the Merchants and Miners Trans Co SS NANTUCKET – Courtesy of www.shipgeek.com

Here’s a charming black and white home movie shot aboard the SS Nantucket as she sailed from Florida to Savannah, Georgia in 1928. This is a wonderful 1928 – HOME MOVIE OF COAST-WISE TRIP FROM FLORIDA TO SAVANNAH aboard the Merchants and Miners Trans Co SS NANTUCKET courtesy of www.shipgeek.com on youTUBE. Lots of deck scenes with film of passengers ... Read More »

GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring Twenties. HELLO 2009: The beginning of the second great recession a.k.a. “depression”…? History does repeat itself.

Pictured here are seven sections of the California Limited ready to depart from Los Angeles for Chicago in 1929.  A “section” meant an extra train.  There were six extra all-Pullman trains leaving Southern California — a total of seven trains, with over a 1000 passengers, and nearly 100 pullman, dining and observation cars. GOODBYE 1929: The Death of the Roaring ... Read More »

CRUISE SHIP HISTORY: PIRATES IN THE 21st CENTURY AND TERRORISTS IN THE 20th CENTURY – Pirates have replaced terrorists on the high seas.

The recent attempt by pirates to seize a cruise ship reminds many seasoned cruisers of similar incidents involving terrorists during the 20th Century.On October 7, 1985 the Achille Lauro was employed on a ten-day cruise. She was supposed to call at Alexandria in order to allow passengers to go to Cairo, and then rejoining the ship at Port Said. Only ... Read More »

TRAVEL AND SOCIAL HISTORY – Marjorie Merriweather Post’s former private railway car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by private jet.

The Chapel Hill was originally built in 1922 for Post Cereals Heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and stock broker and investment banker E.F. Hutton. Chartering Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Private Railway Car is a deluxe alternative to everyday travel by private jet.  See for yourself as Michael L. Grace takes us on a smooth ride cross country featured today in New York ... Read More »