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The Flight Attendant and MAD MEN TV…from PAN AM to PSA…

Stewardesses play a role in the MAD MEN TV series. They are a central part of the social travel history of the JFK to Johnson decade.  Here’s a look at the women flight attendants who flew PAN AM, TWA and PSA – vanished American institutions and airlines. This is the ... Read More »

GHOST SHIPS – THE MYSTERIOUS ABANDONED SEA VESSELS AND GHOSTLIKE PASSENGER SHIPS…

A lot of things can happen at sea — pirates, mutiny, murder and bad weather not to mention (if you’re so inclined) alien abductions, clashes with sea monsters and the mysterious workings of the Bermuda Triangle. George Raft plays a ship’s captain who sets out to get the guys who murdered ... Read More »

1949: 3-Week MISSISSIPPI Cruise aboard the steamboat GORDON C. GREENE – Ten Dollars a Day!

This is one of the last journeys aboard the steamboat Gordon C. Greene in 1949. The steamboat Delta Queen replaced the older steamboat in the same year. The Greene Line was a line of river steamships along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  The name was later changed to Delta Queen Steamboat Company.   1849: The Steamboat Gordon C. ... Read More »

Judy Garland’s A STAR IS BORN fabulous world premiere in 1954

Dozens of the stars attending the opening predicted an Oscar sweep for Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, and A Star is Born. One of the last great  Hollywood premieres. A video history of the 1954 world premiere of at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre… When movies were movies and stars were ... Read More »

THE GREAT CUNARD LINER RMS MAURETANIA OF 1939

When “Getting There Was Half The Fun!” The Cunard Liner RMS MAURETANIA of 1939 was built on the Mersey by Cammell Laird at Birkenhead. She was only the third Cunard passenger liner to be built on the Mersey, the other two being the CEPHALONIA (1882), and the SAMARIA (1921) Wonderful ... Read More »

1948: Katharine Hepburn sails aboard Holland-American Line’s S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam.

Star of stage and screen Katharine Hepburn, becomingly clad in slacks, unbent and gave an interview to the boys of the press as she sailed from New York, June 5th, on the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam. The Nieuw Amsterdam was a Dutch ocean liner built in Rotterdam for the Holland America ... Read More »

CRUISING THE PAST – HISTORY OF CRUISING…

The first vessel built exclusively for luxury cruising, was the Prinzessin Victoria Luise of Germany, designed by Albert Ballin, general manager of Hamburg-America Line. The ship was completed in 1900. HISTORY The earliest ocean-going vessels were not primarily concerned with passengers, but rather with the cargo that they could carry. ... Read More »

Marco Polo (former Soviet liner of yesterday) is hit by major waves… Passenger dies…

Marco Polo on cruise…  The widow of a cruise ship passenger who died when it was hit by a wave in the English Channel has criticized the vessel as “badly maintained”. James Swinstead, 85, of Colchester, Essex, was killed when a huge wave crashed into British cruise ship Marco Polo ... Read More »

Former child star Shirley Temple Black on the good ships “SS Mariposa” and “RMS Queen of Bermuda”…

Sailing to Bermuda (seen above en-route from New York to Bermuda) during the height of her stardom — Shirley Temple died Feb 10th at the age of 85. As a nine-year-old in July, 1938 she embarked for a holiday in Bermuda accompanied by her parents, two toy dolls, three armed bodyguards ... Read More »

Gloria Swanson, the famous actress, and A’Lelia Walker, the “joy goddess of Harlem’s 1920s” – sail to Europe aboard the SS PARIS…

1925: American actress Gloria Swanson (1899 – 1983) and her husband, Marquis Henri de la Falaise on board the SS Paris. A’Lelia Walker was also aboard sailing in First Class along with Miss Swanson.  Miss Walker would have selected the French Line because France was viewed by many African Americans as ... Read More »

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