Traveling from the United States to Europe before jet planes was a costly and sometimes precarious journey. But there were dozens of ocean liners competing for the passengers eager and willing to make the journery.

And when movie stars and other famous and wealthy people made the trip they did it in style. First Class all the way. The steamship lines wooed celebrities and made sure their pictures were part of a well planned public relations campaign.

That’s Fred Astaire sailing on the Queen Mary. And below we have Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and his wife.

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