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1950s “MAD MEN” Style Advertisements from Holiday Magazine

Those executives on the hit TV series MAD MEN would have been trained during the 1950a. They would have created ads such as these for the streamliner California Zeyphy, Cunard Line and the New York Central Railroad. Unlike today, travel was elegant and had some class. Getting there was half the fun! California Zephyr magazine ad from early 1950s… Cunard ... Read More »

Social History: The Greenbrier, America’s Resort.

Social History: The Greenbrier, America’s Resort. Timeless traditions. Unforgettable experiences. Over two centuries ago, in fact, more than 230 years, in a valley nestled within the eternal majesty of the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, a most extraordinary happening occurred – we pampered our first guests. And from that moment, until today, when you enter our grounds ... Read More »

Happy Fourth of July! Top Caviar use to be served regularly aboard First Class ships. Look hard for it today!

Happy Fourth of July – Liner History – Caviar use to be served on all first class ships… Look hard for it today! Alaska Steamship Company’s SS ALEUTIAN – July 4th Menu – 1938 – More Russian Caviar Our new video of a 1954 sailing aboard the SS ALASKA on a cruise to Alaska and the Inside Passage. 1954 ALASKA ... Read More »

‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Bill Miller

Cruising The Past salutes: ‘MR. OCEAN LINER” – Author and lecturer – William “Bill” Miller Preview of new documentary on Bill Miller. Bill Miller interviewed on NBC News in connection with the recent New York Normandie exhibit. Bill Miller is probably the major living authority on the subject of ocean liners & cruise ships. Miller has written some 60 books ... Read More »

The AORANGI – Trans-Pacific ocean liner operating from Australia and New Zealand to Vancouver during the 1930s into the early 1950s.

Cruise and Liner History: The Aorangi was a 600-foot passenger liner built in 1924 by the Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand for service between Canada and Australia. But she went into service in troubled times for the world, and consequently got caught up in the midst of the worst hours of World War II. The AORANGI – Trans- Pacific ... Read More »

The world’s greatest ship disaster: Not the RMS Titanic but the S.S. Cap Arcona.

Liner and Cruise History: The world’s greatest ship disaster: Not the RMS Titanic but the S.S. Cap Arcona.  Concentration Camp, Death March, Death at Sea by the hands of the Allies. Contrary to general belief the world’s greatest ship disaster did not occur in the Atlantic Ocean and the ship was not the RMS Titanic. The greatest ship disaster occurred ... Read More »

Cruise and Liner History: The Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 1947

Cruise and Liner History: The Cunard Line’s RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 1947 Cruising The Past and Cruise History aboard the RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH: Enjoy 8MM travel footage from the fabulous website shipgeek.com as viewed on YOUTUBE. Deck scenes aboard CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH in 1947, accompanied by Ray Noble and his Orchestra! Home movies of another era. When “Getting There ... Read More »

Marvels Of The Roaring Twenties

Social History: The World changed with Talking Pictures… Great Video celebrating the changes that won’t stop – starting with Talking Picture… Read More »

Vinatage Railroad Ads from 1930s to 1950s… when traveling by train was deluxe…

Pullman and Social History: Vintage Railroad Ads – 1930s to 1950s… Pullman, the Super Chief, Southern Pacific, the Chief and the 20th Century Limited. 1930s: Go Pullman overnight for $4.75… 1950s : The Shasta Daylight on the friendly Southern Pacific… Deluxe travel to the Coast – during the 1940s… Santa Fe to Phoenix and Palm Springs… Santa Fe – The ... Read More »

THE S.S. PORTLAND STARTED THE ALASKA GOLD RUSH!

Cruise and Social History: The S.S. PORTLAND started the Alaska Gold Rush! On July 17, 1897, the steamship Portland arrived in Seattle from Alaska with 68 miners and a cargo of “more than a ton of solid gold” from the banks of the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory. This set off a rush to Alaska and an era of ... Read More »

RMS CHUSAN – P&O’s “HAPPY SHIP” TO THE FAR EAST

Young boy waiting for the Chusan to be docked in Colon. The RMS Chusan was a British ocean liner and cruise ship, built for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O)’s Indian and Far East Service in 1950. Home movies of the RMS Chusan from 1968 to 1970. Films of crew and passengers. Shots aboard ship and ashore. Covering ... Read More »

ALBERT BALLIN – Inventor and father of the pleasure cruise.

ALBERT BALLIN – Inventor and father of the pleasure cruise.  Liner and Cruise Ship History – Today’s mass-market cruise industry got its start in the 19th century by Albert Ballin. SS Albert Ballin was an ocean liner of the Hamburg-America Line launched in 1923 and named after Albert Ballin, visionary director of the line who had killed himself in despair ... Read More »

SS CONTE BIANCAMANO – Italian Line History

SS CONTE BIANCAMANO The SS Conte Biancamano (Italian for “White Hand”) was a Lloyd Sabaudo Line ocean liner built in 1925 by William Beardmore and Company in Glasgow, Scotland, to service the transatlantic passenger line between Genoa and Naples, Italy, and New York City. Her maiden voyage was a destined for the United States. After being acquired by the Italian ... Read More »

SS ANDREA DORIA

Liner History: Excellent video of the SS Andrea Doria.  The magnificent passenger ship was an ocean liner for the Italian Line (Società di navigazione Italia) home ported in Genoa, Italy, most famous for its sinking in 1956. Cruise Liner History:  SS ANDREA DORIA ss SS Andrea Doria was an ocean liner for the Italian Line (Società di navigazione Italia) home ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN LINE and THE MS VULCANIA

First private balconies: The SATURNIA and VULCANIA were the first liners to offer large numbers of cabins with private balconies. There had been various ships prior to that which had a handful of private verandahs and promenades for the suites, but not in the numbers the Italian twins offered. Cruise Line and Liner History – The Italian Line – M.S. ... Read More »

EASTERN STEAMSHIP COMPANY – NIGHT BOATS ON THE EASTERN SEABOARD

Eastern Steamship Lines was one of the last American flag coastal passenger services. The steamship Calvin Austin pulls away from the Eastern Steamship Company wharf in Lubec. Pope’s Folly island appears in the immediate background. Austin was President of the Eastern Steamship Company, formed in 1901 by a merger of the Eastern Steam Ship Co. with other lines. In 1901, Charles ... Read More »

THE ALASKA STEAMSHIP COMPANY – Photos and History

Ocean Liner History: The Alaskan shipping industry began to grow in the late 1800s with the expansion of fishing and cannery activities. As a result, there was a dramatic increase in the need for transportation of other products to and from the lower 48 states. In 1894, six men, recognizing this need, incorporated; they gathered $30,000 by selling 300 shares ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY: DRIVE-IN RESTAURANTS – THE “FABULOUS THIRTIES, FORTIES AND FIFTIES” IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Social History: DRIVE-IN RESTAURANTS – THE “FABULOUS THIRTIES, FORTIES AND FIFTIES” IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Cars, cars and more cars! They just seem to keep coming in, nonstop. The summer weather is warm, especially warm for evening. The car hops are busily skating around the parking lot delivering sizzling hot cheeseburgers, mouth-watering milkshakes, and golden french fries. The kitchen is busy ... Read More »

TITANIC CENTENARY CELEBRATION!

Titanic Centenary Celebration! by Tom Ruprecht FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST – Satirical piece by Tom Ruprecht.  He recently left Late Show with David Letterman after 12 years, and 11 Emmy nominations, as a writer on the show where he came up with many signature pieces including “Great Moments in Presidential Speeches.” He is also the author of George W. Bush: ... Read More »