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Titanic’s Six “Forgotten” Chinese Men Who Survived

More than a century after the Titanic sank in April 1912; few new stories surface from the wreck. When documentary filmmaker Arthur Jones and his team started work on “The Six” — their film about the ship’s six Chinese survivors — in 2012, they kept expecting to find that someone ... Read More »

ELVIS PRESLEY took the train from New York to Memphis in 1956.

“Elvis who?” On the threshold of fame, Elvis took the train. Photographer Alfred Wertheimer recalls uttering that very question in early 1956. A publicist from RCA Victor Records had contacted him, asking if he was available to photograph a young singer named Elvis Presley. “I’d never heard of the man,” ... Read More »

OKLAHOMA! recreated UNC musical production, which premiered in 1943, is streamed free!

Enjoy the complete video presentation of the award-winning University of North Carolina recreation of the stage version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! as it premiered on Broadway in 1943. The famous hit musical is for all ages and a quick excursion back to a simpler time. Watch free – no ... Read More »

FEC ruled Blogs are media – Rep. Mary Bono, Michael L Grace & The Daily Kos

Along with The Daily Kos, I was party to a significant decision for bloggers and free speech rights. The 2007 U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) found that political blogs and bloggers are media for the purposes of U.S. Electoral Law. Suddenly blogs were media and for the past thirteen years, ... Read More »

Video: California’s Movie Palaces

California grand movie palaces escaped the wrecking ball and are thriving throughout the Golden State, including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles, Fresno, Stockton, and many other cities. See them all in our New Video Our New Video: Featuring the 14 California Movie Palaces with theatre organ heard playing: ... Read More »

Berlin’s Famous Adlon Hotel Nazi Past

One of the great hotels of the world. Berlin was a port of call by train in 1929 — after sailing from New York to Germany aboard the SS BREMEN. Upon arrival, tourists enjoyed a quick train ride from Hamburg to Berlin and then accommodations at the world famous Adlon ... Read More »

1929 video Merchant & Miner’s SS Nantucket cruising from Florida to Savannah

Known as the “Queen of Sea,” the Merchants and Miners Transportation Company Steamship Line operated one of the finest fleets of passenger steamers on the Atlantic Coast and ranked foremost as one of America’s top tourist routes. It was said to be the only line plying between Baltimore, Savannah, and ... Read More »

The CPR liner RMS Empress of Japan was “Queen of the Pacific”

This famous liner was the fastest passenger ship on the Pacific when completed in 1930, known as the ‘Queen of the Pacific’, and she was particularly noted for her stunning First Class Art Deco public room interiors.The In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction ... Read More »

Mexico City’s Train Terminal in the 1970s – All Pullman Streamliners

This is the first in a series of blogs on the Mexican railway service. These are scenes of Buena Vista Terminal in Mexico City and school children visiting on a morning sometime in the early 1970s. Buena Vista was built in 1961, replacing the older terminal. It was vast and ... Read More »

Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg Airships in Color

Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg

In 1929, the German airship Graf Zeppelin began her round-the-world voyage from Lakehurst, New Jersey. A worldwide media success, the airship continued regular passenger service to North and South America.  Full color footage Video of the Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg airships including the Hindenburg burning. In 1936 the new Nazi-built airship, the ... Read More »