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Come Fly with Us!: A Global History of the Airline Hostess

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Book News Annotation:

The history of flight attendants, their tasks, attire, mystique, and eventual legal rights are told in this slightly oversized (9.25x11<">) volume. Much of the book is filled with historic advertisements and promotional photos of airlines worldwide, though US airlines are the predominant focus. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

When the first commercial flights took off in the 1930s, stewardesses were registered nurses whose duties included swatting flies and helping passengers read railroad timetables in the event of forced landings. In the 1950s, stewardesses were viewed as wives-in-training, as adept at preparing a baby's bottle as mixing a martini. By the swingin' 1960s and 1970s, female flight attendants were considered successful marketing tools, sporting micro-minis, hot pants, and buttons that read "Pure, Sober, and Available" to lure male business passengers on board. Come Fly With Us! explores the unique history of this industry pioneered by women, tracing changes in the flight attendant's role--from flying nurse to airborne sex kitten to today's custodian of safety and service. Stunning visuals from airline archives and early flight maps, promotional brochures, and print advertisements re-create a sense of the early days and underscore the dramatic changes encountered in this dynamic industry.

Table of Contents

  1. ch. 1. The1930s : nurses become the first stewardesses
  2. ch. 2. The1940s : patriotic sky girls and fly girls
  3. ch. 3. The1950s : the stewardess as a wife in training
  4. ch. 4. The1960s : stewardesses become sex objects
  5. ch. 5. The1970s : fly me girls meet the ERA
  6. ch. 6. the1980s, 1990s, and beyond : flight attendants stress safety and service.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781888054613
Subtitle:
A Global History of the Airline Hostess
Publisher:
Collectors Press
Location:
Portland, Or.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Aviation - Commercial
Subject:
Flight attendants
Series Volume:
10194
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
10.76x9.48x.68 in. 2.12 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , When the first commercial flights took off in the 1930s, stewardesses were registered nurses whose duties included swatting flies and helping passengers read railroad timetables in the event of forced landings. In the 1950s, stewardesses were viewed as wives-in-training, as adept at preparing a baby's bottle as mixing a martini. By the swingin' 1960s and 1970s, female flight attendants were considered successful marketing tools, sporting micro-minis, hot pants, and buttons that read "Pure, Sober, and Available" to lure male business passengers on board. Come Fly With Us! explores the unique history of this industry pioneered by women, tracing changes in the flight attendant's role--from flying nurse to airborne sex kitten to today's custodian of safety and service. Stunning visuals from airline archives and early flight maps, promotional brochures, and print advertisements re-create a sense of the early days and underscore the dramatic changes encountered in this dynamic industry.
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