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SOCIAL HISTORY: SID GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD

SOCIAL HISTORY: After his success with the Egyptian Theatre, Sid Grauman turned to Charles E. Toberman to secure a long term lease on property at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. Toberman contracted the architectural firm of Meyer & Holler (who had also designed the Egyptian) to design a “palace type theatre” of ... Read More »

13 days to go: APRIL 15TH COUNTDOWN TO RMS TITANIC 100th ANNIVERSARY: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

13 days to go: APRIL 15TH COUNTDOWN TO RMS TITANIC 100th ANNIVERSARY: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER… the best film about the RMS Titanic… A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Trailer 100 years ago this month, the illustrious RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage, sailed dangerously through heavy ice in the North Atlantic ... Read More »

THE NAZI VERSION OF THE “TITANIC” – THE 1943 FILM MADE AT UFA IN BERLIN DURING WORLD WAR II.

LINER, SOCIAL AND CRUISE HISTORY: THE OTHER “TITANIC”: THE NAZI VERSION YOU’VE NEVER SEEN… THE 1943 FILM MADE AT UFA IN BERLIN DURING WORLD WAR II. The Nazi version of the Titanic story that fed shots (and plots?) to later western versions of the tragic tale… The British took footage from ... Read More »

Cunard Line’s RMS CARONIA – The most famous liner in cruising history… she was the “millionaires yacht”!

Travel and Social History: Cunard Line’s the RMS CARONIA – The most famous liner in cruising history… she was the “millionaires yacht”!  Cunard Line History… One of the best social history travel history films. The RMS CARONIA was the premiere cruise ship of the 1950s. The passenger list was filled with America’s ... Read More »

AUSTRALIAN Coastal Cruises aboard the MV MOONTA…

The advertisement for the Adelaide Steamship Company’s popular Gulf Trip features the MV Moonta which operated from 1931 to 1955. The Gulf Trip was one of the most popular South Australian holiday tours for fifty years. Moonta is the best remembered of the several ships which operated on the Gulf ... Read More »

COSTA CONCORDIA DISASTER: Bell Disappears From Shipwreck Site. The RMS TITANIC’S Bell Was Saved.

Underwater thieves have evaded an array of laser systems that measure millimetric shifts in the Carnival Corp’s Costa Concordia shipwreck and 24-hour surveillance by the Italian coast guard and police to haul off a symbolic booty – the ship’s bell.  The giant cruise liner capsized off the Tuscan island of ... Read More »

Social History: The California Palace of the Legion of Honor and Alma de Bretteville Spreckels…

The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, often called Legion of Honor by San Franciscans, refers to both the fine art collection and the building that houses it. It was a gift from Alma de Bretteville Spreckels and is a three-quarters scale imitation of the Palais de la Légion ... Read More »

MS LAFAYETTE

With the success of the Swedish America Lines diesel powered liner MS Gripsholm, the French Line designed the MS Lafayette to a size that could be powered by the largest marine diesel engines available at that time. Before setting out on her maiden voyage from Le Havre – New York ... Read More »

S.S. GREAT EASTERN

S.S. Great Eastern, a 22,500-ton (displacement) iron steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel was built on the Thames River, England. Intended for the passenger and cargo trade between England and Ceylon, she was by far the largest ship the World had yet seen. She was so far ahead of contemporary ... Read More »

MENU OF FINAL LUNCH ON RMS TITANIC TO SELL FOR $150,000 AT AUCTION.

(Left: Dr. Dodge, Mrs. Dodge and Master Dodge) Liner and Social History:  The RMS TITANIC menu was on the table of first-class passenger Dr Washington Dodge, a prominent banker from San Francisco, who was traveling to America with his wife, Ruth, and son, Washington Junior. A menu, dated April 14 ... Read More »

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