SOCIAL HISTORY

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 »

When the USA and Canada Said No: The Abandoned Jews of the MS St. Louis…

  On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. On the voyage were 937 passengers. Almost all were Jews fleeing from the Third Reich. The German annexation of Austria in March 1938, the increase in personal assaults on Jews during the spring and summer, the nationwide Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass”) ... Read More »

Flying to Cuba… from the 1950s to 2015…

The United States and Cuba agreed today to restore commercial flights between the two countries for the first time in more than a half century, and several United States airlines announced plans to request approval to begin flying. Pan American Airways… video on Havana in the 1950s… American Airlines said in a release that it will submit a United States-Cuba ... Read More »

SS United States to be scrapped…

Historic luxury passenger liner that ferried presidents, superstars and royalty between America and Europe heading for junkyard The SS United States powers through the water in her heyday Marilyn Monroe, JFK and the Mona Lisa all enjoyed the luxurious Atlantic crossing provided by the Titanic-sized SS United States. As for the USA… no sense of history… a nightmarish cabal of ... Read More »

Downtown Los Angeles to Beverly Hills – via Hollywood and West Hollywood – aboard Pacific Electric’s big “Red Cars” during the 1950s…

Big Red Cars heading for West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and connections to Santa Monica. (Left) This car is coming from Los Angeles via Hollywood and (right) this car is coming from Los Angeles. They are meeting at Fairfax and Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles used to have a public transit system that covered about 25 percent more track mileage than ... Read More »

THE SS MANHATTAN… created the “Manhattan” cocktail… right out of Prohibition…

At the time of their construction, the Manhattan and her sister ship, the Washington, also built by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, were the largest liners ever built in the United States, and Manhattan was the first large liner built in the US since 1905. The Manhattan and the Washington were two of the few pure liners built by New York ... Read More »

50th Anniversary of Princess Cruises – “THE LOVE BOAT”

The SS Princess Patricia was the first “Love Boat”! For those not old enough to recall the ABC-TV series, “The Love Boat” debuted in 1977 and lasted until 1986. The series showcased cruising to the mass market. It is safe to say that ‘The Love Boat” single handedly introduced the concept of vacation cruising to the masses and was responsible ... Read More »

Social History: Contemporary portrait artist Juan Bastos carries on the tradition of John Singer Sargent…

Over the past 30 years, Los Angeles-based portrait artist, Juan F. Bastos, has executed several hundred portrait commissions on three continents. These oil paintings and pastel drawings hang in private homes, corporate offices, government buildings, embassies, libraries, churches, and universities. A number of Juan Bastos’ portraits remind me of [John Singer] Sargent.” Gore Vidal… Bastos’ work is also represented in ... Read More »

Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas arriving in New York aboard the French Line’s SS Champlain in 1934…

The SS Champlain was a cabin class ocean liner built in 1932 for the French Line by Chantiers et Ateliers de Saint-Nazaire, Penhoët. She was sunk by a mine off La Pallice, France, in 1940 — one of the earliest passenger ship losses of World War II. The Grand Salon… Although not as well remembered as her larger fleet-mates, the ... Read More »

THE FORGOTTEN “TITANIC”! The RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND…

Why has the RMS Empress of Ireland tragedy been forgotten? The sinking of the RMS Empress Of Ireland hit Canada hard and was the worst maritime disaster in Canadian history. Occurring just two years after the RMS Titanic disaster, and a year before the loss of the RMS Lusitania, it is essentially forgotten. Why? The Empress disaster does not have ... Read More »