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ELVIS PRESLEY sails on the SS MATSONIA to HAWAII in 1957

Elvis’ love for Hawaii ran deep, and during his lifetime he visited often. Whether it was to perform concerts and benefits, film a movie, or just to vacation, the islands would always draw him back. Elvis sailed to Hawaii from Los Angeles aboard the SS Matsonia on November 5, 1957. ... Read More »

MV CORSAIR offered ACAPULCO & ALASKA Deluxe CRUISES after WW2 until DISASTER STRUCK!

J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never imagine his yacht Corsair IV would be turned into a deluxe cruise ship just after World War 2  whose short career with voyages from California would end in tragedy, but it happened. J.P. Morgan Jr. and his legendary business tycoon father, J. Pierpont Morgan, ... Read More »

RETRO – BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN AIRLINES

In the late twenties and early thirties, American Airways was created through the acquisition of dozens of smaller airlines throughout the United States. Great video of American Airlines in the 1930s… Like most airlines, at the time the company profited by carrying United States mail. In 1934 American Airways Company ... Read More »

Flashback Friday: Betty White and Carol Channing Sing “Bosom Buddies”

Celebrate White’s 99th birthday this weekend with this delightful video. Hollywood icon Betty White turns 99 on Sunday, January 17, and to send us into her birthday weekend, we’re flashing back to this iconic number, apparently from TV’s The Love Boat. Here, White sings “Bosom Buddies” from Mame opposite Broadway legend Carol Channing. ... Read More »

THE OLYMPIAN HIAWATHA mid-century transcontinental MODERN STREAMLINER

In the late 1940s, the Milwaukee Road introduced the Olympian Hiawatha, the transcontinental version of the railroad’s very modern fleet of Hiawatha passenger trains. The original version of the train was the Twin Cities Hiawatha, which began operating between Chicago and the Twin Cities on May 29, 1935, one of ... Read More »

THE MAN BETWEEN – Sir Carol Reed’s Berlin-Set Thriller starring JAMES MASON

Why it’s time for Carol Reed’s Berlin-set thriller The Man Between to come out of the shadow of The Third Man. Starring James Mason and Claire Bloom, the film captures many scenes of post-war Berlin. The Man Between (1953)? When reviewing Carol Reed’s postwar thrillers, it’s usual to dismiss The Man Between (1953) ... Read More »

California’s SP STREAMLINER LARK served San Francisco and Los Angeles

Southern Pacific’s deluxe streamliner Lark was the premiere overnight passenger between San Francisco and Los Angeles. A favorite of businessmen and movie stars. The Oakland Lark connected with the Lark at San Jose then via San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara to Southern California along the coast route. The Lark rivaled ... Read More »

FIRST GAY CRUISE sailed in 1987 aboard the SS BERMUDA STAR

The first all-gay cruises were operated by RSVP cruises aboard the SS BERMUDA STAR over thirty years ago. This is a retro look at gay life in the 1980s aboard the first gay cruises.  Operated by gay pioneer RSVP, the passengers dubbed the ship Bermuda Star Cruise Line ship the SS BRENDA ... Read More »

SS CAP ARCONA – The “GERMAN TITANIC” – 5000 dead!

The Cap Arcona was considered one of the most beautiful ships of the time, launched in 1927, was the largest German ship on the South American run. In 1940, the Cap Arcona was taken over by the Kriegsmarine (the German Navy), painted overall gray, and used in the Baltic Sea as ... Read More »

GIRL’S, GIRL’S, GIRL’S – New York’s famed EARL CARROLL THEATRE

In December 1934, the refurbished Earl Carroll Theatre located on the south-east corner of 7th Ave and 50th Street, New York City, opened as the French Casino. This glittering supper club was described by Fortune magazine as ‘a vast scarlet and silver restaurant which, in terraced rows of tables, seats ... Read More »