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Stewardess: Come Fly with Me! Hardcover – July 13, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (July 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811852237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811852234
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elissa Stein is the author of Beauty Queen, Prom Night, and Cheerleader. She lives in New York City.

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Elissa Stein is multi-published author, whose work includes visual histories of iconic pop culture (2 of which were featured in "Entertainment Weekly's Must Have List), NYC adventures with kids, and interactive thank you notes. In addition to writing, she runs her own graphic design business. To balance the above, she practices yoga, knits with enthusiasm, and collects vintage coats and Hawaiian bark cloth dresses. She lives in New York City with her husband Jon and their children, Izzy and Jack.

Customer Reviews

We had a very illustrious beginning and were eventually taken over by Delta Airlines .
olivia
The book has a large amount of National Airlines information, however, it is great for anyone in the industry that wants to re-live some of the past.
Delta
Get it new or used, get for a gift, a coffee table book or something for the kids to see what the past was like, before robots took over.
Michael Valdivielso

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on February 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A very bland pictorial scrapbook of those jet-set ladies from the past. It could and should have looked much better than this haphazard collection of period company PR photos from the last few decades. There is no contents page, no captions to the photos or even page numbers to give a buyer any sense that this is any more than a quickie production which I expect will hit the mark-down section of most bookstores faster than the publisher's expected.

Despite this there are a few pages that caught my interest. Near the back of the book there are twenty or so of those upright timetables that you could pick up from travel shops years ago. Each has a smilling (naturally) stewardess, a company logo and parts of a jet on the cover.

Another reviewer has mentioned Come Fly With Us!: A Global History of the Airline Hostess which covers exactly the same subject and predictably has the same sort of soft focus posed company photos but at least it has a lot more editorial flair and an imaginative design (even though its published by Collectors Press). Stewardesses by the nature of their job are likely to be seen in most books about airlines and these two offer an interesting pictorial overview of flying: Airline Design (Designpockets) and Airline: Identity, Design and Culture. I prefer this last book to the others mentioned.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Moe Charles on August 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Chronicle Books has produced many exciting, well-researched, expertly written and graphically enticing books exploring seemingly every facet of American popular culture. It's also served up some slapdash, cut-and-paste jobs that needed a little more editorial effort. This stewardess tome definitely falls in the latter category. It's a scrapbook mess of a book and a big disappointment. Even the short introduction, though fairly informative and well-written, doesn't let us know exactly when the "golden age" of flight occurred. 1950s? 1960s? Going by the book's cover and the retro title, I anticipated a narrowly focused book on the era of the swinging stewardess, roughly 15 years from 1960 to 1975. This was the golden age of flight and the golden age of the stewardess. Airlines then only hired young, female, unmarried, childless, great-looking stews and outfitted them in uniforms ranging from smart Pucci designs (Braniff) to street-corner hooker getups (Pacific Southwest Airlines). Popular culture in those years was wild about the stewardess. The sexy stew was the ultimate object of desire. Books, movies, magazines, TV shows, postcards, board games, cocktail glasses, boarding passes, you-name-it, fired up the male libido (and cash registers) with provocative images and tall tales. No bachelor's little black book was complete with the name of at least one Rachel or Trudi or Bambi who flew the friendly skies. There was an entire publishing boom around Donald Bain's ghost-written "Coffee, Tea or Me" paperbacks. Drive-in movies were replete with gorgeous stews doing very adult things. This book does touch on some material of this crazy era--advertisements, grainy snapshots, brochures--but it's pretty scant and mixed together with other stewardess ephemera from dowdier times.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William G. Lively on September 28, 2010
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I purchased this book as reference material for graphic illustrations. I was warned by previous reviews to take caution in its purchase, but didn't pay attention. The idea of the book was good, but it took me nowhere. The book could have been produced on a larger format,i.e., larger photos. There was very little body, pardon the pun,to describe the history of this profession. The photos had little or no drescriptions positioned near them. The era of the airline stewardess intrigued me while growing up, and it reminded me of a time when flying was an experience and not a security risk. This book was close, but just missed the runway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted A. Bailey on November 7, 2009
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This is a must read for anybody who has worked in the airline industry. My sister was a PSA Sterwardess and is pictured in this book. Really fun to look at.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By olivia on December 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Plz pass this along to your author -- I was a flight attendant for 39 yrs --- I started with Northeast Airlines "Yellowbirds"in Boston Massachusetts in 1966. Our competitors were Eastern, National and Northwest airlines; New Englnd to Florida ,Bermuda and many cities on the east coast .I personally did many uniform presentations one of which was a full page ad in the new york times -hats, mini -skirts ,gogo boots , split skirts w/ shorts underneath ---Very sad you excluded us . We had a very illustrious beginning and were eventually taken over by Delta Airlines .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Luciano on July 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There is not much writing on this book, but the pictures are a blast from the past. I liked looking at the pictures, but this book is only for aviation fanatics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Hill on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My Aunt was a stewardess for years and I got this as a gift for her. She continues to rave and rave about the book and enjoys the authentic trip down memory lane each time she flips through the book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Tenerelli on September 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a blatant and poorly written rip-off of Come Fly Wih Us: a Global History of the Airline Hostess (which came out a couple of years ago). For excellent historical writing and fabulous vintage photos depicting flight attendants, go with Come Fly With Us. Stewadess: Come Fly With Me is a very pale, hastily thrown together imitation.
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