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Jets Killed American Banner Line’s New SS Atlantic Transatlantic Service

In the 1950s pioneer shipping executive Arnold Bernstein wanted to offer superior Economy Class steamship liner services from New York to Europe offering all staterooms with private facilities aboard the SS Atlantic. Bernstein had chartered in the summer of 1948 a passenger ship the CONTINENTAL (ex ANCON of 1902) for ... Read More »

Florida Wins Court Case Against CDC to Lift Conditional Sail Order

The State of Florida has prevailed in its injunction against the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lift the Conditional Sail Order (CSO) that has been restricting the cruise industry since October 2020. A court essentially ruled in favor of Florida that the CSO exceeds the CDC’s “statutory ... Read More »

California Movie Palace Theaters Escaped The Wrecking Ball

California grand movie palaces escaped the wrecking ball and are thriving throughout the Golden State, including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles, Fresno, Stockton, and many other cities. See them all in our New Video Our New Video: Featuring the 14 California Movie Palaces with theatre organ heard playing: ... Read More »

City of Long Beach Saves RMS Queen Mary From Sinking

NEWS: LONG BEACH, Calif. – City officials in Long Beach have said they will spend $2.5 million to maintain the historic RMS Queen Mary ocean liner for the next six months and plan out the repairs needed to reopen the tourist destination. Latest Fox News Report… The Long Beach City ... Read More »

American 1936 Olympic Team Sails to Nazi Germany on the SS Bremen

The 1936 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held in 1936 in Berlin, Germany. Berlin won the bid to host the Games over Barcelona, Spain on April 26, 1931, at the 29th IOC Session in Barcelona (two years ... Read More »

News: Cruise Lines Actually Operating Right Now

With many cruise lines announcing start ups this spring and summer, a number of lines are already back in service. Here’s the latest: Royal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean was one of the first major cruise lines to resume service, with sailings in Asia. The Quantum of the Seas has been sailing ... Read More »

Coulter’s Department Store was a great examples of streamlined architecture

Streamline Moderne flagship store located on the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, was designed by Stiles O. Clements and completed in 1938-39. Coulter’s stood four floors high, with a rounded exterior of white concrete and horizontal bands of glass block rather than proper windows. A dramatic seventy-two-foot-high panel of glass soared ... Read More »

Mid-Century First American Cruise/Liners Built After WW 2

The “Del Triplets” – Del Norte, Del Mar, and Del Sud – were the first modern American flag liners to be built after World War 2 and became a top choice for cruising to South America. They offered first class, mid-century modern passenger service from New Orleans to South America. ... Read More »

2007 FEC Decision That Blogs Are Media

Along with the Daily Kos, I was involved in the 2007 decision by the FEC that blogs were media just like the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. The 2007 U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) found that political blogs and bloggers are media for the purposes of ... Read More »

Canada’s “Uber” Steamers To British Columbia’s Coastal Cities and Alaska

The Union fleet became synonymous with pioneers and loggers, and for 70 years, ships sporting the company’s black and red funnels plied the coast, servicing logging camps, canneries, mines, and coastal communities. ‘ The Union Steamship Company was the first line to use Vancouver as a homeport. The Klondike gold ... Read More »