on April 16, 2013
This book is chock full of great pictures from the early days of flying right up to the present. It traces the evolution of flight attendants from nurses on board to helpful hostess to the busy women and men who work onboard airlines in an age when everyone is harried and in a hurry. Loved the gorgeous pics of the fashionable uniforms of the 60s and 70s, the luxurious cabins of yesteryear, and the snippets from manuals and pamphlets published to encourage people to take to the skies. To complement the amazing photos and ad re-prints, this book has crisp, interesting text that manages to present tidbits about the glory days without overly romanticizing them. At the same time, when the book covers some of the outrageously objectifying ads of the pre-ERA decades the tone is neither angry nor strident. Instead, you get a fair, modulated portrayal of what life was like for flight attendants throughout the years and the ways in which they contributed to the growth of an industry (although as a modern day, and presumably enlightened reader, you'll likely roll your eyes once or twice at ads like "Come fly me").
A wonderful book for anyone who loves the history of air travel or who simply wants to read about how the evolution of one woman-dominated occupation mirrored greater changes in American society.