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1950s – ON THE SUPER DOME OLYMPIAN HIAWATHA – AMERICA’S FIRST GREAT TRAIN TO BE A VICTIM OF AIR TRAVEL

A wonderful promotional film: Take a 1950’s luxury train trip from Chicago to Seattle on the “Super Dome Olympian Hiawatha”, with footage in the diner, coaches, Super Dome, sky top car, and sleepers, running along the Dells, the Mississippi, and the electrified territory in the mountains. Visits are made to many tourist ... Read More »

1940s and 1950s – The Golden Age of American Passenger Trains…

Pullman and American Passenger Trains – Social History – Photos – 1940s and 1950s – The Golden Age of American Passenger Trains…     New York Central’s streamlined Mercury One of New York Central’s two class K-5a Pacifics (Nos. 4915 and 4917) that the road streamlined in 1936 for the ... Read More »

Part Two: The “Whistle Stop” Tour – LADY BIRD JOHNSON Special…

Lady Bird Johnson and hostesses aboard the Lady Bird Special. It was the fall of 1964. The November presidential election was looming as parts of the country still seethed over the Civil Rights Act President Lyndon Baines Johnson had signed into law just a few months earlier. The new legislation ... Read More »

Part One: The “Whistle Stop” Tour – President Truman’s Campaign Train…

Social History: Excellent home footage of President Truman on his campaign train “whistle-stop”… Rear of train and Sam Wah cafe during during Harry Truman’s Whistle Stop tour. Austin, Texas. – 1948 The “whistle-stop” tour has been a tradition in American politics since the mid-1800s. Politicians travelled the nation by train, ... Read More »

The Good Neighbor Fleet – Moore McCormack Lines to South America

Cruise and Liner History: Selections from the Gift of Thomas C. Ragan to the Wolfsonian Florida International University Library… ] During his March 1933 inaugural speech, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) promised Americans a New Deal, while also pledging to initiate a Good Neighbor Policy with Latin America. Departing from the ... Read More »

GHOST SHIPS – THE RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND sank in fourteen devastating minutes, taking more lives than the Titanic and the Lusitania…

A great video on the lost liner – RMS EMPRESS OF IRELAND… Cruise and Social History: the ghost ships – RMS Titanic • RMS Lusitania • RMS Empress of Ireland Join famed “Titanic” discoverer, oceanographer and maritime geologist Robert Ballard on his last expedition to explore the ocean liners of ... Read More »

THE GHOST SHIP – RMS TITANIC – EXPERT TALKS ABOUT NEW BOOK AND WORKING WITH JAMES CAMERON

James Cameron and his collaborators have made more than 30 dives to the wreck of the Titanic, submerged in more than 2 miles (3.8 kilometers) of water beneath the North Atlantic. His voyages to this most famous shipwreck, enabled by his own technical innovations, such as remotely operated vehicles, have ... Read More »

Cruise and Social History: FLOATING PALACES FROM NEW YORK TO BOSTON ON THE FALL RIVER LINE – OPERATING FROM 1847 UNTIL 1937…

Fall River’s Borden family helped fund the company.  They were mainly known for their famous family member: Lizzie Borden.  She was tried and acquitted in the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother… Cruise History – The Old Fall River Line – Everyone from presidents to swindlers sailed the ... Read More »

PASSENGER LISTS – When people traveled by sea on a regular basis. Who was aboard? The Duke and Duchess of Windsor or Gloria Vanderbilt or Grace Kelly?

 Cunard Line Passenger Lists Cruise History: Passenger lists were the Bibles for shipboard travel.  Here is an excellent article from Cruise Travel Magazine by ship-expert Theodore W. Scull that discusses the subject in depth.  From French Line to Cunard to Matson – passenger lists were “bibles” aboard ship. Monaco’s Prince ... Read More »

Cruise and Social History: J. P. Morgan’s most beautiful cruise-ship ever to sail… the S.S. CORSAIR… A style we will never see again…

J. Pierpont Morgan Jr. could never have imagined his yacht Corsair IV being converted into a deluxe cruise ship whose short career would end in tragedy but it happened on a sailing from California to Acapulco in 1949. J.P. Morgan Jr. and his legendary business tycoon father, J. Pierpont Morgan, ... Read More »