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CROSSING THE EQUATOR on the MOORE-McCORMACK LINES

On the 9th July 1913 Messrs. McCormack and Moore (both just shy of 33 years of age) formed Moore & McCormack Company, Incorporated, to charter ships, then to own them.  Capitalized at $5,000 with three officer-directors (Henry F. Molloy, as Secretary), with two desks in a ninth floor office of ... Read More »

Hollywood to Honolulu – Filming aboard the SS CALAWAII in 1932…

A Turner Classic Movies preview from ONE WAY PASSAGE aboard the SS CALAWAII in 1932 – great view of LASSCO’s steamship SS CALAWAII arriving in Honolulu. Kay Francis and William Powell filming aboard the SS CALAWAII. With three-quarters of its scenes actually made at sea aboard LASSCO’s SS CALAWAII, especially ... Read More »

LAST STREETCAR IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

Social History – Last Streetcar in Cleveland, Ohio. Last run of the Clark Avenue Trolley – 1940s… Cleveland Trolley Car 4068 at West 25th St. and Bridge Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio. Like most large American cites, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, had a large network of streetcar lines in the first half ... Read More »

CRUISE HISTORY: CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH – THE LAST GREAT TRANS-ATLANTIC LINER

CRUISE and SOCIAL HISTORY: CUNARD LINE’S RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH                                                               ‘THE LAST GREAT TRANS-ATLANTIC LINER The RMS Queen Elizabeth sailing into ... Read More »

SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LOS ANGELES TIMES – THE DECLINE AND FALL OF A GREAT NEWSPAPER…

SOCIAL HISTORY: THE LOS ANGELES TIMES – FROM THE CHANDLER FAMILY TO SAM ZELL – THE DECLINE AND FALL OF A GREAT NEWSPAPER… HOW LONG WILL IT LAST? NORMAN CHANDLER (THE FAMILY THAT FOUNDED THE LOS ANGELES TIMES) ON THE COVER LIFE – WHEN THE LA TIMES WAS A GREAT ... Read More »

FIRST CLASS HISTORY: CRYSTAL CRUISE LINES AND ITS NOBEL PARENTS – NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK LINE)

FIRST CLASS HISTORY: CRYSTAL CRUISE LINES  AND ITS NOBEL PARENTS – NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK LINE) Excellent Video: N.Y.K. Line passenger ship M.S. Chichibu Maru sets sail in 1935 for Shanghai, Hawaii and San Francisco.  The video is probably one of the few surviving films of NYK’s great passenger service.  The NYK Line ... Read More »

LAST OF THE AMERICAN FLAG PASSENGER SHIPS – SS SANTA MARIA – 1983 – DELTA LINES (THE GRACE LINE)

A home video of a trip on the “SS Santa Maria” taken in 1983. This was one of four cargo passenger ships built by Grace Line in 1964 and operated by Delta Lines in the 1970s and early 1980s. These ships were often called the “M” ships. This is of ... Read More »

New DOWNTON ABBEY – PBS 2013 – is disappointing.

New DOWNTON ABBEY is disappointing.  Shirley MacLaine wore jazz shoes and a frozen expression – Yankee ham acting at its worst.  Has Botox come to Downton?  American aging star flops in comparison to first class British performances. (Left: Dame Maggie Smith looks at Shirley MacLaine and wonders if she is ... Read More »

THAT’S HOLLYWOOD! – WHAT THEY READ IN 1929 – END OF THE JAZZ AGE AND BEGINNING OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

The Picture Show Annual in 1929. The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, ultimately leading to the Great Depression. Read More »

DOWN TO THE SEA FOR CRUISING FUN IN THE EARLY 1950s…

For the traveler who couldn’t make a long ocean voyage during the early 1950s, there were still varied trips by water in the USA and Canada. Some were short one-day sails, while others took a week or more and led to some exciting adventures. Most were Canadian flag vessels. From ... Read More »