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CUNARD CHRISTMAS 1928

Staff magazine of the Cunard Steamship Company, Christmas 1928 The Cunard Line has a long and fascinating history. It was created in 1839 when Samuel Cunard won the Admiralty’s tender to provide a transatlantic mail service to be carried by steamships between Great Britain and North America. The service was inaugurated in 1840 when the steamship Britannia made the first ... Read More »

PAN AM – WHEN FLYING WAS FIRST CLASS

The new TV Series PAN AM takes you back to a time when flying was fun, and not like the nightmare one experiences today. PAN AM – WHEN FLYING WAS FIRST CLASS From the 1920’s until its demise in 1991, Pan American Airlines symbolized all that was luxurious in air travel. Elite fliers packed some of the first commercial use ... Read More »

THE FAMOUS REFUGE SHIP SS EXODUS WAS ORIGINALLY THE “HONEYMOON” NIGHT BOAT SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD

The SS EXODUS… former SS PRESIDENT WARFIELD… night boat of the “honeymoon fleet” CRUISE SHIP HISTORY: OLD BAY LINE – NIGHT BOAT PRESIDENT WARFIELD BECAME THE FAMOUS SS EXODUS. The SS President Warfield was named after the Old Bay Line’s president.  Warfield’s niece was Bessie Wallis Warfield (June 19, 1896 – April 24, 1986), best known as Wallis Simpson and ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC AUCTION – Includes photos of the SS CALIFORNIA

A historically significant, museum-quality archive of material pertaining to the doomed ocean liner the RMS Titanic will be offered on the first day of a three-day multi-estate sale planned for Oct. 21-23 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The event will be held in the firm’s gallery facility, located at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside, N.Y., starting at 4 p.m. (EST). “It’s ... Read More »

Ahoy There! Brooke Astor

Social and Ocean Liner History: Brooke Astor sailed on scores of ocean liners from the 1910 into the 1950s.  This video looks at some of these great ocean liners. Roberta Brooke Astor (née Russell, previously Kuser and Marshall) (March 30, 1902 – August 13, 2007) was an American philanthropist and socialite who was the chairwoman of the Vincent Astor Foundation, ... Read More »

ELINOR SMITH – THE FLYING FLAPPER – 1920s

Great Video on Elinor Smith. Elinor Smith was born in 1911. She knew she was born to fly at the age of 6 when she took her first airplane ride. She started taking lessons at the age of 8. She was fortunate at that time to have parents who supported her in what she wanted to do. Her mother didn’t ... Read More »

AMERICA’S AMUSEMENT PARKS DURING THE 1920s

CRUISING THE PAST – AMERICA’S AMUSEMENT PARKS DURING THE 1920s GREAT YOUTUBE VIDEO OF AMUSEMENT PARKS IN THE 1920s. Amusement park or theme park is the generic term for a collection of rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a large group of people. An amusement park is more elaborate than a simple city park or ... Read More »

LONDON IN 1913 – CROSSING THE POND ON THE RMS AQUITANIA AND STAYING AT THE LONDON RITZ

CRUISING THE PAST: LONDON IN 1913 – CROSSING THE POND ON THE RMS AQUITANIA AND STAYING AT THE LONDON RITZ Cruise History: If you were doing the European Grand Tour in 1913 – this terrific Youtube video chronicles what England was like during that year. Trans-Atlantic passengers, sailing from New York to Europe, might have crossed the pond on the ... Read More »

The RMS Viceroy of India – P&O Line’s crowning achievement of the 1920s.

Cruise History: The RMS Viceroy of India was an ocean liner that was owned and operated by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company Ltd. of Great Britain. During World War II she was converted to and used as a troopship. The Viceroy of India was sunk in November of 1942 by German U-boat U-407. Her service was succeeded by ... Read More »

GRETA GARBO “SLEEPS” AT BERLIN’S HOTEL ADLON

GRETA GARBO “SLEEPS” AT BERLIN’S HOTEL ADLON – Travel Social History: Greta Garbo and many celebrities stayed at the HOTEL ADLON Kempinski. The finest hotel in BERLIN. One of the great hotels of the world.  Berlin was a port of call by train in 1929 — after sailing from New York to Germany aboard the SS BREMEN. Garbo and Mauritz ... Read More »

SS Catalina and SS Avalon sail to Catalina Island

1950s RETRO: THE BIG WHITE CRUISE SHIP SAILS AGAIN TO CATALINA ISLAND! from CRUISINGTHEPAST.COM on Vimeo. Cruising The Past present our own video on the SS Catalina and SS Avalon. These are the big white cruise ships that once sailed from Los Angeles to Catalina Island. Sail away – as the ship’s orchestra plays “AVALON”! 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 »

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 »