SOCIAL HISTORY

FABULOUS FOX THEATRE – DETROIT – GOP DEBATE LOCATION…

The Detroit Fox was the first movie theater in the world to be constructed with built-in equipment for sound films. The Fox Film Corporation’s patented sound-on-film system “Movietone” enabled the theater to present sound films from the time of its opening. The lobby and entrance of the Fox Theatre Detroit – One of the Last Great Movie Palaces. Elvis Presley ... Read More »

RMS Lancastria: Worst maritime disaster in British history hushed up for 75 years…

Sinking of the RMS Lancastria is the worst maritime disaster in British history – 75 year cover-up She was sunk on 17 June 1940 during World War II with at least 4,000 fatalities, and possibly a great many more. It is the worst maritime disaster in British history, with the loss of some 4,000 men, women and children. Yet for ... Read More »

TITANIC 2, fully-functioning replica of the “unsinkable” ship, will set sail again…

A replica of the world’s most famous “unsinkable” ship – which struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912, killing 1,503 people – is under construction with a maiden voyage planned for 2018. Australian tycoon and politician Clive Palmer — not J. Bruce Ismay — is at the helm of the ambitious project to faithfully ... Read More »

Cruising There Is Half The Fun…

These fascinating images show the golden age of cruising where lavish balls, tug-of-war on the deck and working out in suits appeared to be the order of the day. Shuffleboard on board British India in the 1960s… The development of steam ships in the 19th century led to ever more luxurious vessels taking wealthy guests on glamorous breaks. From taking ... Read More »

“LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE IN NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY…

“LUSCIOUS” LUCIUS BEEBE by Michael L. Grace…  New York Columnist Lucius Beebe: A Real ‘Dandy’… 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 open relationship. Columnist Walter Winchell ... Read More »

David Bowie, with a fear of flying, sailed on many liners and cruise-ships.

British pop legend, David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), who starred in the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, had a long-standing fear of flying. Bowie sailed aboard Cunard’s QE 2, the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci and P&O-Orient Line’s Oronsay. So while other superstars would take the Concorde or private jets to cross the Atlantic, Bowie ... Read More »

Beatles first trip to America aboard the Congressional Limited in 1964…

The Beatles were so excited to be madly popular in America they were going to fly down from New York, but a big snowstorm hit Washington and they took the train. The Beatles reserved a couple of cars on the train and got tickets for the press traveling with them. They couldn’t have had a better time. They were always ... Read More »

SS CATALINA and SS AVALON sailed 26 miles across the sea from Los Angeles to Catalina Island…

They were called the Big White Steamers. SS Catalina and SS Avalon docked in Avalon, after completing the 2-hour voyage from Los Angeles (San Pedro), during the late 1940s.  These day tourist steamships operated together by William Wrigley Company from 1920 into the early 1950s — except for World War 2 – between Los Angeles and Catalina Island. The SS ... Read More »

Cruise wear in the 1930s…

A wonderful group of photographs by Fowler-Bagby showing appropriate outfits for a cruise, or for wear in warm climates; the article appeared in the February issue of Ladies’ Home Journal, 1936. Women cruisers were reminded that they will probably be going ashore, so they will need appropriate clothes for the ports they visit, as well as evening dress for dining ... Read More »

Silicon Valley by sea… Billionaires only… Cruising in the future…

Titans of tech pay $10,000 to party on networking cruise that offers everything from sunrise yoga and world-class cuisine to a live talk with Edward Snowden – but no Wi-Fi… The second-annual Summit of the Sea set sail last month featuring an invite-only guest list with some of the biggest names in tech… Among those who spoke at the event ... Read More »