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Canadian 1930s Liners – The “Drunken Duchesses”

SS Duchess of York was one of the several sturdy Canadian Pacific liners which were known as “Drunken Duchesses” for their lively performance in heavy seas. She was built as a sister ship to the SS Duchess of Bedford, the SS Duchess of Atholl, and the SS Duchess of Richmond. ... Read More »

Veteran’s Day: Travel by Train in World War 2

Celebrating Veteran’s Day – A look back at wartime transportation in WW 2. Trains were crowded with standing room only. Dining cars were full and most of the trains only served two meals a day. It was a major boom to train travel. The Pullman Company operating all sleeping cars. ... Read More »

History of Princess Cruises – 2015 is the cruise lines 50th Anniversary…

The SS Princess Patrica was the first “Love Boat”!   For two seasons Princess Patricia was chartered to Stan McDonald, a Canadian-born businessman now in Seattle, for cruising between Los Angeles and Acapulco during the winter.McDonald became excited about cruising during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. He eventually branched out ... Read More »

THE LOVE BOAT sails again…

It’s a blast from the past, as the ship’s whistle for the brand new Regal Princess is the theme from “The Love Boat,” the romance sitcom from 1976 until 1986 that helped make cruising mainstream. The Love Boat was known for its frothy romances and the steady stream of well-known ... Read More »

Matson Line’s SS Lurline “was” Hawaii in the 1950s…

In the 1950s, a cruise to Hawaii was sailing round-trip from California to Honolulu (alternating between San Francisco and Los Angeles) on Matson Line’s SS Lurline. The first class ship made the crossing in 4 and 1/2 days. Most passengers spent 9 dqys in Hawaii before returning to the California major cities. It was ... Read More »

I Love Lucy, Grace Kelly and the SS Constitution…

The SS Constitution was a passenger ship owned by American Export Lines. She was commissioned in 1951. She sailed on the New York-Genoa-Naples and Gibraltar route to Europe. The Constitution was a sister ship to the SS Independence. The ships were two of the world’s most famous, popular, and innovative ... Read More »

The Pullman Streamliner City of Los Angeles…

Streamliner & Pullman History: The City of Los Angeles was a streamlined passenger train between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California via Omaha, Nebraska, and Ogden, Utah. Between Omaha and Los Angeles it ran on the Union Pacific Railroad; east of Omaha it ran on the Chicago and North Western Railway until ... Read More »

Drive-In Restaurants – Southern California – The “fabulous” 1950s…

Male car hops at fabulous Delores Drive-In. Located in Westwood, California. Lasted into the 1980s. Cars, cars and more cars! They just seem to keep coming in, nonstop. The summer weather is warm, especially warm for evening. The car hops are busily skating around the parking lot delivering sizzling hot ... Read More »

DOWNTON ABBEY review – Down There Abbey, more like: they are all sex-mad…

USA TV viewers are stuck with PBS and supposedly can’t see this series until 2015…  To solve this problem, I connected with by cousin in London. She turned the “telly” toward Skype and I watched the British soap opera premiere… The aristocratic Crawley clan are back – and it’s all going on upstairs, ... Read More »

GRETA GARBO – on the Atlantic in 1925 and 1935…

Greta Garbo is arguably one of Hollywood’s greatest stars. A legendary actress who combined remarkable beauty with a modern spirit and irresistible allure. Garbo remains one of the most fascinating women in history. (Above photo – Garbo arriving in New York and sailing to Sweden) Rare candid moment of Greta ... Read More »

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