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1948 USA Olympic Team Sails on the SS America

The USA Olympic Team sailed aboard the SS America to England in 1948. The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in London, England, United Kingdom. After a 12-year hiatus because of World War II, these were ... Read More »

San Francisco 1906 Video Four Days Before Earthquake

Fascinating new film footage (colorized) of San Francisco. A Trip Down Market Street, filmed on April 14, 1906, four days before the San Francisco earthquake and fire. From the front of a cable car, a motion picture camera records a trip down Market Street, San Francisco, California, from a point between ... Read More »

New York’s Hotel Algonquin, Dorothy Parker and the “Vicious Circle”!

There isn’t a place in New York more important to Dorothy Parker’s enduring legacy than the Algonquin Hotel (59 West 44th Street). Any devotee of Parker worth his weight in books will know that “The Gonk” is where the Round Tablemet for several years beginning in June 1919. The “Vicious ... Read More »

The Sunset Limited – Southern Pacific Streamliner to Amtrak Hi-Level

Let’s look at a legacy American train. Thibault Constant, host and producer of top-quality train reviews, takes onboard Amtrak’s Sunset Limited. Simply Rail onboard Amtrak’s Sunset Limited To learn more about Simply Rail and how Thibault started his channel check out the Interview  in VoyageSTL magazine. The Original Sunset Limited Like ... Read More »

Retro: Glamorous Cruise Ship Fashion

In the early days of cruising, people who went on ocean voyages filled their Louis Vuitton steamer trunks with finery. Ahoy there fellow shipsters! Here’s some delightful 16mm home movies in both black and white and color shot aboard a Caribbean cruise on the SS Haiti of the Colombian Line. ... Read More »

Judy Garland “A Star Is Born” 1954 Video Hollywood World Premiere

Dozens of the stars attending the opening predicted an Oscar sweep for Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, and A Star is Born. One of the last great  Hollywood premieres. A video history of the 1954 world premiere of at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre… When movies were movies and stars were ... Read More »

Historical Look at Ellis Island and Immigration

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 »

Cary Grant Onboard the Gambling Ship REX off Malibu

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 ... Read More »

What books filled the Titanic’s library?

As the RMS Titanic was sinking beneath the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, and survivors were thrashing about in the iceberg-clotted waters. What books might the passengers have turned to with which to fashion a homemade life preserver or, in the case of some sturdy ... Read More »

California’s overnight boats sailed between San Francisco and Los Angeles

The SS Yale and SS Harvard became known as “white Flyers of the Pacific”! The sister ships each made four sailings a week, carrying 565 First Class passengers at an average speed of 23 knots between the two major California cities. The fast coastal ships provided an overnight cruise on the ... Read More »