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Kuhler, Dreyfuss, and Loewy – Modernism, Streamliners, and Art Deco Trains

Leigh Valley Railroad

Otto August Kuhler was an American designer, one of the best known industrial designers of the American railroads. His design for the Leigh Valley locomotive is spectacular when it comes to streamlining a locomotive. The 1930s and 1940s were unique when it came to modernizing trains. According to Trains magazine, he stream-styled more locomotives and railroad cars than Cret, Dreyfuss, ... Read More »

The S.S. Bremen: Last Voyage of a great Luxury Liner

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The great German liner Bremen, which ran a British blockade, ended her career in a scrap yard. After docking in New York on August 28, 1939, only four days before the outbreak of World War II, Captain Adolf Ahrens of Germany’s North German Lloyd shipping line was faced with a decision. The independent-minded skipper could disobey orders again by allowing ... Read More »

Celebrating the 4th of July at sea. Caviar, Filet Mignon and Baked Alaska.

National holidays were celebrated onboard liners and cruise ships with special events and elaborate menus. From Russian Caviar to Filet Mignon to Ice Cup, Independence Gourmandizes. The menus are classics in cuisine prepared onboard and not the fresh frozen cruise meals aboard today’s cruise liners. Here are a number of Steamship Lines celebrating the 4th from the 1900s into the ... Read More »

The fabulous OLYMPIAN HIAWATHA Streamliner

Pullman, Milwaukee Road, Olympian, Hiawatha

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 the first streamlined trains ever to be introduced in the ... Read More »

Raymond Loewy’s mid-century designs for Matson Line’s SS Lurline and modern ticket office.

Raymond Loewy, whose modern concept of everything from fountain pens to airplanes, ships, and railroad trains won him the title of America’s foremost industrial designer. His basic design philosophy was behind the creation of the interiors for Matson’s luxury liner Lurline and modern ticket office in downtown Los Angeles in 1948. These were the ultimate in mid-century design. “We translated ... Read More »

The Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles was a movie palace opened in January 1923 as Grauman’s Metropolitan Theatre. Elvis Presley appeared in person at the Paramount. Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood on the gigantic screen in “The Girl I Left Behind.” It was built by impresario Sid Grauman, who had already built the Million Dollar Theatre a few blocks away, ... Read More »

CHASEN’S – The famous Hollywood celebrity patronized restaurant opened ion the late 1930s and lasted into the 1990s. 

Chasen’s was a glamorous world – “Celebrity chefs” will never replace stylish hosts and personalities such as Dave Chasen or Vincent Sardi or Mike Romanoff. The “chefs” were in the kitchen. Not greeting you at the front door! Now the once famous eatery is a supermarket catering to the newly rich and what Dave Chasen would call the déclassé. Ava ... Read More »

The Nazi German film version of the RMS Titanic.

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The strange tale of the banned World War II epic on the most famous ship of all time. The Nazi German film version of the Titanic. Before James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic, the Hollywood Titanic of 1953, the 1958 British film A Night to Remember, and the 1997 Broadway musical Titanic – there was the Nazi German film RMS Titanic. Excellent ... Read More »