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Social History: 1940s Promotional Film Shows Chicago From Another Era…

From United Airlines to Rock Island Streamliners to Cruise-Ships… Incredible film produced by the Chicago Board Of Education gives an aerial and ground tour of Chicago during the 1940s where it shows the city’s former industrial areas, its educational institutions and art deco skyline.  Chicago – A Film from the Chicago ... Read More »

The Pullman Porters…

They made beds and cleaned toilets. They shined shoes, dusted jackets, cooked meals and washed dishes. Yet the Pullman porters created history in the face of adversity and racial prejudice. They helped form the foundation for the black middle class, and became instrumental in the civil rights movement. Follow two ... Read More »

SS HARVARD – California’s night boat from Los Angeles to San Francisco went aground in 1931…

On May 31, 1931 the passenger steamship SS Harvard went aground off Point Arguello, California. The Harvard was running its regular schedule between San Francisco and Los Angeles with 500 passengers when it went hard aground during the night in heavy fog. The sea was calm and there was no ... Read More »

SS UNITED STATES – The last American liner still afloat. But for how long?

Best-selling author and illustrator David Macaulay made a case last Thursday for saving the SS United States, a once-majestic ocean liner that has been deteriorating for years at a pier along the Delaware River. It’s “a unique object, a symbol of time in American history that we’ve sort of long ... Read More »

TITANIC HISTORY – At least it won’t sink: Former headquarters of RMS Titanic’s White Star Line transformed into luxury hotel…

The former headquarters of the White Star Line – the shipping company which built and operated the ill-fated RMS Titanic liner – have been transformed into a luxury hotel thanks to a £5.5million renovation, pictured above. The hotel now boasts 65 lavish apartments which will house up to 310 guests ... Read More »

Cruise Ship Firsts Through History…

Cruises as we know them today are really only about 50 years old, but the tradition goes back more then a hundred years when passengers started booking travel on mail ships crossing the Atlantic… These cargo vessels evolved into the grand ocean liners whose names we still remember: Lusitania, Titanic, ... Read More »

The Flight Attendant and MAD MEN TV…from PAN AM to PSA…

Stewardesses play a role in the MAD MEN TV series. They are a central part of the social travel history of the JFK to Johnson decade.  Here’s a look at the women flight attendants who flew PAN AM, TWA and PSA – vanished American institutions and airlines. This is the ... Read More »

GHOST SHIPS – THE MYSTERIOUS ABANDONED SEA VESSELS AND GHOSTLIKE PASSENGER SHIPS…

A lot of things can happen at sea — pirates, mutiny, murder and bad weather not to mention (if you’re so inclined) alien abductions, clashes with sea monsters and the mysterious workings of the Bermuda Triangle. George Raft plays a ship’s captain who sets out to get the guys who murdered ... Read More »

1949: 3-Week MISSISSIPPI Cruise aboard the steamboat GORDON C. GREENE – Ten Dollars a Day!

This is one of the last journeys aboard the steamboat Gordon C. Greene in 1949. The steamboat Delta Queen replaced the older steamboat in the same year. The Greene Line was a line of river steamships along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  The name was later changed to Delta Queen Steamboat Company.   1849: The Steamboat Gordon C. ... Read More »

Judy Garland’s A STAR IS BORN fabulous world premiere in 1954

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 »