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Royal Weddings and Royal Yachts

Social History – Royal Weddings and Royal Yachts Video – Royal Weddings and the Palace Balcony Video – BRITANNIA – the British Royal Yacht This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The ... Read More »

THE BIG RED CARS

The Red Cars route to downtown Los Angeles.  The subway tunnel. Picture Los Angeles today, and most people summon up images of cars and freeways. But if you talk to people of a certain age who grew up in Los Angeles, and mention the words “red cars”, you will hear ... Read More »

$42 to Cruise from Miami to Havana…

In the 1950s, you could cruise from Miami to Havana, Cuba for $42.00 per person aboard the S.S. Florida. This fare included all transportation, two nights aboard ship, a day in Havana and all meals. YouTube video of cruise ship arriving in Havana – this was recent – but it ... Read More »

ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY

Immigrants to America… ELLIS ISLAND HISTORY – IMMIGRANTS TO AMERICA The great steamship companies like White Star, Red Star, Cunard and Hamburg-America played a significant role in the history of Ellis Island and immigration in general. The German liner Imperator carried many immigrants in steerage. While most immigrants entered the ... Read More »

HARD ROCK CAFE – THEN AND NOW

Hard Rock Cafe – 1970s… When you see the Hard Rock T-Shirt or hear about how trendy the Hard Rock Cafe is… remember there was a Hard Rock Cafe at 5th and Wall Street on Skid-row in downtown Los Angeles.   This place was about the hardest hard drinking place ... Read More »