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Canadian Pacific’s RMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN

In 1930 the Canadian Pacific’s trans-pacific service reached its zenith with the introduction of the magnificent RMS Empress of Japan. The only way to cruise the Pacific during the 1930s. She was a very handsome ship and had magnificent interiors that now are associated with the Empress liners of the Canadian ... Read More »

1940s Onboard The Steamboat GORDON C. GREENE!

The GORDON C. GREENE sailed south on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers – from Cincinnati to New Orleans and back. Over 70 years ago.  When times were much different. The cruise cost $220 or about ten dollars a day  Capt. Mary Greene – co-owner of the Greene Line, and for ... Read More »

Mid-Century Streamliner OLYMPIAN HIAWATHA

In the late 1940s, the Milwaukee Road introduced the Olympian Hiawatha, the transcontinental version of the railroad’s very modern fleet of Hiawatha passenger trains which continued into the 1960s. The original version of the train was the Twin Cities Hiawatha, which began operating between Chicago and the Twin Cities on ... Read More »

Carnival Cruises SINKS To Junk Status

Carnival Corp. is the latest cruise line to lose its investment-grade credit ratings after S&P Global Ratings downgraded the company Tuesday. The company’s global cruise line brands include Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (U.K.) and Cunard. S&P slashed the ... Read More »

OKLAHOMA! live musical streamed free!

Escape the virus blues and bring bad Broadway. Enjoy the complete video presentation of the award-winning recreation stage version of Oklahoma! as it premiered on Broadway in 1943 at no charge. The New York hit musical is for all ages and a quick excursion back to a simpler time. Act ... Read More »

New York Social Diary: From the 20th Century Limited, John Ringling North to J. P. Morgan’s Yacht

Since 2008, I’ve been writing for David Patrick Columbia’s NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY. Besides being a chronicle of galas in New York’s gilded ballrooms, opening nights at the opera, and annual picnics on Long Island lawns, he combines society pages with personal reflection since 2001. Liz Smith, famed columnist, and ... Read More »

James Cameron Stole Ideas From 1943 Nazi TITANIC Film For His Own Blockbuster Version!

The strange tale of the banned World War II Nazi German TITANIC epic on the most famous ship of all time. Before James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic, the Hollywood Titanic of 1953, the 1958 British film A Night to Remember, and the 1997 Broadway musical Titanic – there was the ... Read More »

The Golden Age of American Passenger Trains

Premiere Passenger Trains during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s  were the finest in the world. With excellent meals, suburb Pullman service, dinner in the diner, club lounges, train secretaries, barbershops, cocktail bars, observation cars… trains like the Super Chief, 20th Century Limited, and the California Zephyr were world-famous.   New York ... Read More »

City Of San Francisco – 1952 Blizzard Traps SP Streamliner in Donner’s Pass – Part 1

The new streamliner City of San Francisco was the fastest thing on wheels between San Francisco and Chicago. For three days, its 226 passengers and crew were cut off as rescuers struggled to dig them out. Help arrived just as hope began to dim. It was late Sunday morning, Jan. ... Read More »

RMS TITANIC – See What Those Final Days Were Really Like!

Almost everyone knows about the tragic story about the sinking of the world’s largest “unsinkable” ship. The legend of the RMS Titanic has lived on in the movies, books, television, and of course, James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film. The facts and history of the Titanic also live on in photos ... Read More »