Oldest living Pullman porter looks back.

Social History: Oldest living Pullman porter looks back.  Lee Wesley Gibson, 100, began working for Union Pacific in 1936. The railroad job helped him lift his family into the middle class. Lee Wesley Gibson, 100, stands next to a 1937 Pullman dormitory/club car at the Travel Town Museum in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times ... Read More »

Cruise Line History – INDEPENDENCE DAY aboard ship. Menus featuring “Russian Caviar” and “Kangoroo Tail Soup” on the High Seas from 1900 until 1938.

Anchor Line’s SS CITY OF ROME – July 4th Menu – 1900 – Russian Caviar Liners and cruise-ships use to serve Caviar in first class – at least once or twice during each voyage.  That is a perk of the past.  Now the food is superior institutionalized cuisine on most ships.   Like a an okay banquet.  The caviar is gone ... Read More »

THE FIRST CRUISE SHIP WAS A “PRINCESS”: – The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship.

THE FIRST CRUISE SHIP WAS A “PRINCESS”: – The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. Cruise Ship History and Cruising The Past – The Prinzessin Victoria Luise was the world’s first cruise ship. Built for the Hamburg America Line, she was launched on June 29, 1900 and ... Read More »

DECLINE AND FALL OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES – FROM THE CHANDLER FAMILY TO SAM ZELL

SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LOS ANGELES TIMES – FROM THE CHANDLER FAMILY TO SAM ZELL – THE DECLINE AND FALL OF A GREAT NEWSPAPER IN THE CITY OF THE ANGELS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF A “FOREIGNER” FROM OBAMA’S CHICAGO… NORMAN CHANDLER (THE FAMILY THAT FOUNDED THE LOS ANGELES TIMES) ON THE COVER LIFE – WHEN THE LA TIMES WAS A GREAT ... Read More »

DESTINATION HAVANA, CUBA: THE TRAGIC MS ST LOUIS 1939 SAILING AND THE 900 DOOMED GERMAN-JEWISH PASSENGERS

1939 – FDR AND HIS DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION REFUSED TO TAKE 900 JEWISH REFUGES FROM THE MS ST LOUIS – THEY HAD BEEN DENIED ENTRY INTO HAVANA AND THE CAPTAIN TRIED TO LET THEM FIND FREEDOM BY DOCKING IN MIAMI.  THE US GOVERNMENT’S ACTIONS SENT MANY TO THEIR DEATHS – MAKING SO-CALLED AMERICAN “COMPASSION” A BLATANT HYPOCRISY UNDER FDR AND HIS ... Read More »

Cruise Line History and Social History– PANAMA PACIFIC LINES finished – New York to California via Havana and the Panama Canal – From 1938 TIME MAGAZINE

Many American flag steamship lines — APL, Matson, Moore-McCormick, Grace, etc. — faced a similar fate as Panama Pacific Lines did when the US withdrew their mail and operating subsidies to carry military personnel in the 1960s. The same fate happened to the American railway system in the late 1960s when the US withdrew railway post offices. The result was ... Read More »

HAVANA CRUISE – $160 and UP

HAVANA CRUISE – 10 TO 17 DAYS – $160 – April, 1928 Ad in Travel Magazine he New York and Cuba Mail Steamship Company, commonly called the Ward Line, was a shipping company that operated from 1841 until liquidated in 1954. The company’s steamers linked New York with Nassau, Havana, and Mexican Gulf ports. After a series of disasters in ... Read More »

THE COAST DAYLIGHT – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAIN IN THE WORLD – WHEN FIRST CLASS WAS FIRST CLASS AND NOT AMTRAK

The Southern Pacific’s Coast Daylight – America’s most beautiful train!  When First Class was First Class and not Amtrak. First Class Parlor Car Travel aboard the Southern Pacific’s COAST DAYLIGHT – when the passengers dressed to kill.  Woman in Parlor Car during the late 1940s – going from San Francisco to Los Angeles. A total image of the past.  Social ... Read More »

HISTORY OF THE CUNARD LINE

Social History: History of The Cunard Line Cunard Line was the only company to continue regular transatlantic ocean crossings by liners after the 1970s.  The French Line, Italian Line, the United States Line had gone out of business.  Swedish America Line, Holland America Line along with Home Lines continued but only operating cruise ships.  Liner service between New York and ... Read More »

GREAT VIDEO BY CRUISE ENTERTAINERS – WHAT YOU DON’T SEE!

Instead of those boring shows presented by the cruise lines – the ship’s should rely on their entertainers.   This is a great video of cast members doing their own show instead of the slop created by dreary “stars” like Barry Manilow. All those cruise lines advertise what great times the passengers are having.   They’re wrong. You use to ... Read More »

LOOKING AT THE GRACE LINE

Liner History – The Grace Line Cruise History – THE GRACE LINE – In the mid 1800s, the Irish-born Grace brothers, William Russell and Michael, established a commercial and shipping business in Callao, the port of Lima, Peru. They prospered, especially in the exporting of guano from the Chincha Islands to the United States, where this fertilizer was in considerable ... Read More »

HISTORY OF CRUISING – FROM THE 1830s TO THE LOVE BOAT

HISTORY OF CRUISING – FROM THE 1830s TO THE LOVE BOAT: History of Cruising – Cruise Ship History The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. Black Ball Line in New York, in 1818, was the first shipping company to offer regularly scheduled service from the United States to ... Read More »

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – CRUISE REVIEW

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE CRUISES REVIEWS – LOOKING AT A GREAT MARITIME TRADITION – HAL HAS A GREAT PLACE IN SOCIAL TRAVEL HISTORY (LEFT – FAMOUS STAR GARY GRANT WAS A BIG FAN OF HOLLAND AMERICA LINE) Holland America Line has enjoyed a distinguished record of traditional cruises, world exploration, and transatlantic crossings since 1873all facets of its history that are ... Read More »

Cruise History – Remembering Katherine Hepburn aboard Holland America Line’s great trans-Atlantic liner SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM. A “queen” of Art Deco design and style.

HOLLAND AMERICA LINE HISTORY – A SOCIAL HISTORY – LOOKING BACK AT THE SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM. A wonderful Dutch film/video on the great liner. Throughout the 1930s a remarkable period of growth was experienced by the merchant fleets of many nations. This growth occurred in spite of a depression that put a strangle-hold on the world-wide economy.  Remembering Katherine Hepburn ... Read More »