Film star of stars Cary Grant sailed on the great liner German liner S.S. Rex when crossing the pond but gambled on board the “Rex” just off the Santa Monica pier. Besides the fabulous Italian ocean liner, S.S. REX launched in 1931; there was another S.S. REX. The far lesser (but profitable) SS REX was operated as a gambling ship ... Read More »
CHASEN’S – Dave Chasen’s legendary Hollywood restaurant to the stars didn’t allow credit cards or “celebrity chefs”!
Ava Gardner and Mark Evans depart from Chasen’s – a far cry from Dave’s first restaurant, which featured only chile and spareribs. Vincent Minnelli and Judy Garland, with the Oscar Levants. Mrs. Levant looks at Mrs. Minnelli… No credit card? American Social History: CHASEN’S – the famous Hollywood restaurant lasted into the 1990s and no credit cards were honored. ... Read More »
Liner and Cruise Ship History – CELEBRITIES SAIL AWAY aboard the great liners – DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR, KATHERINE HEPBURN, CARY GRANT, GRACE KELLY, SPENCER TRACY, JOHN GILBERT, JOAN CRAWFORD, JAMES MASON… Up until the 1960s, many celebrities, executives, tourists, etc., still sailed by passenger ship. Here are publicity photos of arrivals and departures. Actress Joan Crawford Posing with ... Read More »
CELEBRITIES SAIL AWAY aboard the great liners – DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR, KATHERINE HEPBURN, CARY GRANT, GRACE KELLY, SPENCER TRACY, JOHN GILBERT, JOAN CRAWFORD, JAMES MASON
CELEBRITIES SAIL AWAY aboard the great liners – DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR, KATHERINE HEPBURN, CARY GRANT, GRACE KELLY, SPENCER TRACY, JOHN GILBERT, JOAN CRAWFORD, JAMES MASON… Up until the 1960s, many celebrities, executives, tourists, etc., still sailed by passenger ship. Here are publicity photos of arrivals and departures. Actress Joan Crawford Posing with Husband Alfred Steele and Children Returning ... Read More »
Holland-America Line History – SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM – THE MOST GRACIOUS OF ALL THE TRANSATLANTIC LINERS.
Holland-America Line History – SS NIEUW AMSTERDAM – THE MOST GRACIOUS OF ALL THE TRANSATLANTIC LINERS. Queen Wilhelmina launches the Nieuw Amsterdam in the late 1930s. Video includes newsreel footage of the pre-war liner. Along with a trans-Atlantic crossing from Holland to New York. Then shots of the ship during WW II. Newsreel of cruising after the war from a ... Read More »
Cruising the past: 1936 Nazi Color Film-Berlin in the Year of the Olympic Games. CLICK ABOVE TO PLAY THE COLOR 1936 FILM: Nazi propaganda complete color film from 1936. An outstanding portrait of daily life in Berlin in this rare, well preserved film, with the magical feeling of the pastel colors of Agfachrome. Strangely, it appears that parts of this ... Read More »
Cruise History – 1930s home movies aboard the liner SS Bremen and photos of famous passengers. Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Winston Churchill, Marlene Dietrich, J. Krishnamurti, William Randolph Hearst and Jimmy Donahue.
These are amusing black and white home movies shot aboard the SS Bremen in 1930 courtesy of shipgeek.com. The SS “Bremen” of 1929 was one of a pair of ocean liners built for the Norddeutsche Lloyd line (NDL) for the transatlantic passenger service. The “Bremen” was notable for her low streamlined profile, and modern approach to her design. Her sister ... Read More »
Cruise History: American Export Line’s SS CONSTITUTION. The trans-Atlantic ship was featured in “I Love Lucy” and in the classic film “An Affair To Remember” – the famous liner also carried Grace Kelly from New York to Europe where she would go from American movie star to Princesse de Monaco.
1955: Officers and crew assemble aboard the SS Constitution docked in Manhattan. The SS Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines. She was commissioned in 1951. She sailed on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence. The ships were two of the world’s most famous, popular, ... Read More »
Cruise History: San Francisco Chronicle review of Duncan O’Brien’s “THE WHITE SHIPS: A TRIBUTE TO MATSON’S LUXURY LINERS”. When ad campaigns announced the “SS Lurline is Hawaii” and celebrities such as Elvis Presley sailed aboard Matson’s famed ships!
Duncan O’Brien’s “The White Ships: A Tribute to Matson’s Luxury Liners” is a wonderful accolade to the famous pioneer California steamship company and their cruise ships that lasted into the 1970s. Focusing on the elegant steamers Malolo, Mariposa, Monterey, Lurline and Matsonia. It’s not just the facts about some liners speed and dimensions. O’Brien’s book goes far beyond that. ... Read More »