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Come Fly with Us!: A Global History of the Airline Hostess Hardcover – March 1, 2003

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"Come Fly With Us:...traces the evolution of the profession from in-flight caregiver to airborne bombshell to highly trained lifesaver. -- New York Daily News, March 5, 2003

Signs that flight attendants are suddenly chic: The glossy coffee-table tome Come Fly With Us!... -- USA Today, March 21, 2003

…providing a colorful and detailed history of the 64-year-old profession of the airline hostess. -- Austin Chronicle

…recalls a long-gone glamorous era when women traveled in pumps -- Newsweek

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In 1930, a young woman named Ellen Church from Cresco,Iowa, talked an airline executive into hiring her as the world's first airline hostess. In doing so, she created a new profession, and a revolutionary shift in the public's perception of women at work began.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Collectors Press; First Edition edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888054611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888054613
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,697,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karen Hoppe on April 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The past couple of years have really done a lot for those who are interested in aviation history, particularly commercial flight. Vanity Fair magazine published two articles, one of which was excerpted from Mary Wells' "A Big Life In Advertising," which details how she helped transform stodgy Braniff Airlines into a delight of color and design, with stewardesses dressed by Pucci. These articles obviously whetted the interest of many, which is why "Come Fly With Us: A Global History of the Airline Hostess" is so timely. Forget "Coffee, Tea or Me" -- this is the true story of airline hostesses, chock-full of amazing historical photos garnered from the vaults of airlines such as Quantas, Pan Am, TAP and TWA, to name a few (and aren't a couple of those out of business?). The text provides interesting historical facts (airline hostesses did far more than serve coffee and pass out blankets; at one point, they were registered nurses!) and is a great read, whether you're a frequent flier or a "trains-only, please" traveler. In fact, I plan on bringing it on my next flight in hopes of being upgraded, as I'm sure any current airline hostess or host familiar with this book will be pleased to cater to me even more!
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Format: Hardcover
The authors of this book have done a wonderful service to the aviation industry. As a former flight attendant for Braniff, I have to say this book captures the aviation heartbeat of each of the five decades of flying I have had the pleasure of experiencing. The authors' words have so crisply and concisely described every aspect of the evolution of the flight attendant's job, attitude, and environment--plus, the selection of pictures is fantastic. Each time you pick up the book you will find something new to appreciate and enjoy.
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By A Customer on March 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic photos, fascinating history...a really important edition to the history of the hard-working woman; I'm buying one for my daughter and each of my nieces...not only fact-filled but a really fun read!
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This book really opened my eyes to the way female flight attendants (and, much more recently, male flight attendants) have been treated, used and promoted by the airline industry. This review may seem like I'm giving away the entire story told in this book; but there's so much additional information that you'll read in this book that this review is really just an appetizer! I honestly found this book to be completely gripping and very well presented. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it! SMILES

The book starts with stories and photos of the first flight attendants. Of all things, these women were nurses enabled to assist jittery customers on board the aircraft. In the very early days of commercial flight, airline flight attendants were expected to do everything from serve a meal to touch up the paint job of the airplane during stopovers! The book uses a very well written text supplemented by countless photographs and advertisement reproductions to demonstrate how airlines used flight attendants to lure customers and make money. It's sad that over the course of history the airline industry imposed such rules as forbidding airline attendants to become married while working for the airlines. In later years, female stewardesses were taken advantage of by airlines who forced them to wear skimpy paper dresses to attract male customers.

On the other hand, it was great to read about flight attendants becoming more empowered by government as the decades passed.

Again, a very strong point about this book is the terrific photos of flight attendants and the faithful reproductions of advertisements used by the airlines to increase business. These are fascinating to look at and enjoy over and over again.
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By A Customer on May 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a Mother's Day gift for my mother who was a flight attendent in the 1950's.She was absolutely astounded with it as it has top quality pictures and the lay-out of the book is just top shelf.
Lot's of enjoyment with this book for our whole family!...
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This very nice coffee table book is wonderful and is a MUST HAVE for anyone who has been in the airline industry for any period of time or for those just interested in the history of the airlines. The pictures and the old ads, particularly the really vintage ones, are so interesting and will be reminders to many of what is unfortunately a bygone era of luxury airline travel. Interesting notes, such as the Continental Hostess Manual's in-flight wartime regulations, imposed by the Government after Pearl Harbor, are somewhat eerily prophetic to the security regulations Flight Attendants of today must follow. I have bought this book for a number of friends and highly recommend it. One sour note, is the fact that in a few pictures the authors have chosen to use some current-day very sexy models in some posed, low-cut, not actual fashions/uniforms for whatever reason??
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Great photos colorful and numerous to remember when flying was for the glamorous jet set only. Then the privileged dressed up for this prestigious life event and flight attendants were like models complete with girdles and perfectly coiffed hair and flattering make-up.
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