This little airplane safety card pamphlet was given to passengers on board Pan Am’s double-decker Strato clipper propeller plane (Boeing 377, aka Stratocruiser) in case of an emergency.
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Look back at the experience passengers in the thirties, forties, fifties and sixties could expect when they sailed the high seas in high style on these fabulous old cruise ships.
The 1967 Mercury was said to be ‘for men who like their action big! You sense this the moment you take the wheel. It’s a Ford Mercury. This is the Man’s Car with a heritage of performance! Cyclone!’
In the late 1930s, aviator Amelia Earhart mysteriously vanished on her flights around the globe. See original newspaper reports at the time of her disappearance and a look back at the mystery 25 years later.
See what it looked like inside the Titanic – the interiors of fancy lounges, dining rooms, first-class cabins and other luxurious delights – before the ship sunk to the ocean floor on her maiden voyage in 1912.
The HMS Queen Mary ship was a luxurious vintage vessel that, after many years taking travelers around the globe, was permanently docked in Californiaand turned into a tourist attraction and hotel.
Take a trip back to the past – go sightseeing and learn more about what Washington DC was like in the 1950s! The classic tour is here, from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial to the White House.
From desert sands, to mist-enshrouded rain forests, and snow-mantled mountain peaks to miles of beaches, in the ’60s, you could set your own pace when you visited Washington state.
American Airlines was one of the first companies to offer passenger flights in the US. The industry’s biggest success came after WWII. Here’s a look at the history of the airline’s first decades!
Take a look back at how Marine World Africa USA, the huge theme park/zoo located north of San Francisco, looked back when it opened back in 1986!
Journey back to the turn of the century… to another time and another place. The Grand Floridian Beach Resort. An oasis of elegance that’s the first of its kind since the golden age of pleasure travel.
Take a look back at vintage Knott’s Berry Farm – the California amusement park known as a Disneyland alternative, but one that boasted its very own ghost town.
Here’s a look back at vintage Southern California and Los Angeles, as the old visitors’ bureaus used to show it off to potential tourists back in the sixties!
The King Tut roadshow – aka the Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit – was eternity wrapped in Plexiglas: infinity with explanatory tape decks; a golden age of the ages, with a gift shop.
Look back to the ’70s and ’80s at old Sea World San Diego, when Shamu the Killer Whale was the ocean-themed amusement park’s star attraction.
Smokey the Bear, the friendly brown bear that said, ‘Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires,’ was a powerful force in stopping forest fires. Here’s his story.
Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is filled with 999 retired spooks and spirits who have taken up permanent residence at this California theme park. Sneak a peek!
In 1906, a short film called ‘A Trip Down Market Street’ ended up being a valuable record of old San Francisco just before the huge earthquake and fire destroyed much of the city.
In Hawaii in the ’70s, Waikiki was more than a beach. It’s a vibrant, exciting, cosmopolitan resort city on Oahu, only a few miles from bustling downtown Honolulu.
Two planes collidced over Arizona in 1956, resulting in the deaths of all 128 people aboard. The Grand Canyon airplane crash was the worst air disaster until that time, and changed the history of airline safety.
United Airlines flights in the ’50s offered a whole different kind of experience compared to now. Here, see what the travel industry hoped to provide to passengers!
The mystery of Pan Am Flight 7, flying between San Francisco to Honolulu, crashed mysteriously midway between the two cities. The cause has yet to be determined.
Look back at Hawaii during the huge tourist boom of the ’60s, which helped thousands fall in love with the state – but also forever changed the islands’ landscape.
What were cruise ships like a few decades ago, when vacation cruises were getting popular? See food, entertainment, rooms & pricing from the ’80s cruises!
In a case study of terrible timing, the huge Habana Hilton hotel in Havana, Cuba, wasn’t even open for a year when it was taken over. Find out more here!
The airship Hindenburg left Germany on May 3, 1937 with 97 people on board, The ship flew thousands of miles, only to explode as they were landing in New Jersey three days later. Only 62 would survive the tragedy, and many of them were seriously injured.
Even before Hawaii became a state in 1959, it was a top tourist destination – and for good reason. See how the tropical islands looked back in the fifties!
A look back at some of Florida’s historic hotels — the most magnificent resort hotels of the Victorian era, and where — and if — they stand now.
See scenes from the San Diego’s World’s Fair – a venue with gorgeous scenic beauty in a matchless climate – that took place from 1915 to 1917.
Nestled between the spectacular Maui coastline and the rolling green hills of a lush pineapple plantation is Maui’s luxurious Kapalua resort. Take a look back!
During World War II, the railroad companies had to devote their resources to the war effort by transporting troops around the country. Here’s a look back at some of what the railroads were offering to entice passengers back in the late ’40s!
Take a little 60-year leap back in time, and see how San Francisco looked back in 1955 in this video homage to the city by the bay.
The golden poppy was named California’s official State flower in 1903, and the orange blossom is now popularly known as the California Poppy.
It is natural that we want to appear at ease when we travel, and not to proclaim by our manners that we have never been about before. Your train station etiquette should be composed and unruffled.
Pacific Southwest Airlines executives ‘appreciate beauty and grace in women and, what’s most important, they don’t mind admitting that we are the ones who make them look good.’ Yep, it was the ’60s.
See inside vintage train cars on the old Overland Limited Train, where every luxury possible in a hotel was found – including a barber shop, valet service, massage, maid, library, buffet, clubroom and a cafe dining car.
California — particularly Los Angeles — is notorious for having awful traffic — but as this video from the ’50s will prove, that bumper-to-bumper freeway crawl is nothing new.
Owney, the world’s most popular dog has traveled almost around the globe. He made the journey around the world all alone and with only a tag about his neck — and found friends everywhere. Here’s the story!
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to have lived a century ago, or to have wandered the streets of a much younger Manhattan, you will be amazed by this footage from New York in 1911!
Imagine, up above the clouds enjoying a cheeseburger from McDonald’s for lunch or dinner. McDonaldland cookies for dessert. There’s even a McDonald’s sausage biscuit for breakfast.
Los Angeles in the ’50s Easy Guide to a Cool Southern California Summer Vacation (1953) Metropolitan Los Angeles in the ’50s Around town, you’ll find
Bringing you the finest in family entertainment, Disneyland is reaching for the stars like never before!
A 16-cylinder streamlined steam super-locomotive capable of whisking 14 standard Pullman cars along at a speed of 100 miles an hour on a level, straight track will make its appearance soon in the railroad world.
Probably the most beautiful, and certainly the most imaginative, air terminal in the world will be unveiled when Trans World Airlines formally opens its new Flight Center at New York International Airport (Idlewild).
The history of Vintage Busch Gardens in Florida (1959) Unique in every respect, Busch Gardens, a new industrial concept, has attracted visitors from all over
Traveling requisites for the summer vacationist The trunk and traveling-bag maker is a wide awake man. He’s got to be so long as folks travel
The charm of vacationing in New York — the ideal place for a summer resort — lies in the unrivaled transportation facilities of the great seaport.
The rescue of the ship that went furthest south (1904) Thrilling stories of the men who spent two years in the far Antarctic seas on
Visit New Mexico Where does one vacation give you all this? Only in the state of New Mexico! Exciting as a foreign land! Comfortable
Toll 147 as Planes Collide San Diego Disaster Worst US Crash San Diego — A packed Pacific Southwest Airlines jet and a student pilot’s rented
The fun is in the water when you plan an action-packed vacation in Arkansas! Best fishing in the world, you know… plus plenty of fun for the whole family!
Rent a family vacation home in Florida Adjacent to a country club, with golfing privileges, at less than the cost of a first class motel.