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60s airline flight attendants are the new flappers [Aug. 31st, 2009|10:37 am]
Oliver suggested the subject line connection when I sent him these pictures and I believe it is true! They both scratch the same oddly idealized, unattainable itch:

There's tons of amazing pictures here (four pages worth!) and here! Check out the "source" links on the second one for pages and pages more.

I think it's the retro gloss in the images combined with the thought of "the world couldn't possibly have been like this, could it?" that make them so compelling.

(That bubble helmet she's wearing is supposedly to protect her hair from the wind while moving between aircraft; I believe it makes a great ad image in any time period)

[User Picture]From: finkenstein
2009-08-31 03:11 pm (UTC)
I want a bubble helmet SO BAD
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[User Picture]From: qwantz
2009-08-31 03:14 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: elizardbits
2009-08-31 05:02 pm (UTC)
ME TOO TOO. Sadly the only one I found on ebay is part of a 90-piece collection going for 250k.

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[User Picture]From: dracunculus
2009-08-31 03:42 pm (UTC)
They should have mentioned the Vicki Barr series of books on that site! They came out beginning in 1947 and featured a young girl living the ultra-glamorous (!) life of an airline stewardess, solving mysteries while flirting with her handsome pilot. My grandmother had some of the books so I read them as a kid (probably in the early eighties). I remember thinking it was sort of weird that Vicki was so very keen on becoming a stewardess, but overall I liked the books. She fought crime!
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[User Picture]From: lafinjack
2009-08-31 04:25 pm (UTC)
But is there a '60s Airline Flight Attendant dictionary? I think not!
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[User Picture]From: callanhead
2009-08-31 06:08 pm (UTC)
her expression makes it seem like even she is unsure why she's wearing it.
the past certainly had its moments!
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[User Picture]From: pigeonpillow
2009-08-31 11:38 pm (UTC)
asian airlines are keeping this shit Alive. i had a 14-hour layover at Incheon International, Korea, and watching the stewardesses walk around in smiley bizarrely clad little packs was Amazing, as was brushing my teeth next to them in the impeccable bathrooms.
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[User Picture]From: theacidqueen
2009-09-01 02:11 am (UTC)
i...i want to dress like that...
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From: karooble
2009-09-17 10:34 pm (UTC)
I have discovered why she requires both a SCARF and a BUBBLE HELMET. At least one of these things may be superfluous! But both of them together are SUPER. <3
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From: bothwill
2010-03-05 04:33 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how many unfamiliar things were related to these women, they had perfect order and rigor in their lives, they have something that's much more different from women today, I can't exactly define what but it intrigues me. I imagine that back then everything about airline flights made quite an impression to passengers.
Bothwill, Ofertas Vuelos
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From: dharmastrain
2011-02-10 09:37 pm (UTC)
I’ve got the occasion to be on an anniversary flight with my old dad, who was a jet charter pilot back in the 60’s, and several of his surviving colleagues from Pan Am; the flight attendants of this anniversary flight have been dressed up with authentic uniforms from 20’s to later 80’s and one of them was wearing a bubble helmet pretty much like the one in the picture.
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[User Picture]From: qwantz
2011-02-10 09:39 pm (UTC)
That sounds like it might be AMAZING.
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