American Airlines ad, 1949. Good Housekeeping magazine.
An incident in a recent book got me thinking about once upon a time plane flight. Of course now it's often just a necessary drudgery. But remember how exciting plane travel could be? Comfortable too, with stewardesses and stewards to see to your every need. And seats like banquettes with small tables and other comfortable accoutrements. The man in the top poster looks as if he's sitting on a wicker chair (!?) Remember dressing up to fly? Remember walking onto the actual tarmac to board the plane? Outside! Those were the days.
And look at these gorgeous travel posters. Yesterday's graphics were often works of art in and of themselves, even if they were only advertising not meant to last forever.
Artwork by American illustrator Harold Anderson. (1894 - 1973)
Designer: Tom Purvis. Imperial Airways 1931.