Pan-Am Flight attendant, 1970

Photo taken during the summer of 1970

  • KBlood 8y

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing ;-)
  • m dee88 8y

    just the mere fact that this was taken in the 70's is good enough. thanks for sharing

    Seen in FELT LIFE
  • John Atherton 8y

    Thanks to you both for your comments!
  • Teseum 8y

    Superb, That hat is terrific!
    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • John Atherton 8y

    Thanks, Teseum! A girlfriend of mine was a flight attendant (then called "airline stewardess") for United Airlines in the mid - 1960s and told me about all the classes they had to take on makeup and the care and wearing of uniforms. I didn't like Pan-Am very much, but the attendants had nice uniforms!
  • Patrick 8y

    Love the hat! Thanks for posting it in - INSIDE THE PLANE group!
  • mothergrinninbird 8y

    Stunning photo. A great example of how far airplane travel has fallen today from what it was.
  • John Atherton 8y

    Thanks very much!
  • Anthony Catalano 8y

    I wish we would all cut the P.C. crap and go back to Steward and Stewardess. I still call them that. Too damn bad. I'll be the judge if they are attending me or the flight properly in their stewardship of the plane and passengers. That is what my response was to a stewardess. I didn't say the too damn bad part. Did they just change the title because people became lazy, ignorant, stupid, packed-in lemmings too dumb to know what the word steward means?

    A steward of something denotes a caring, a sustaining dedication, a love of and a responsibility towards the care of something, some institution or person(s) or a task. Being an emotionally-invested attendant is within the circle of their many responsibilities.

    An attendant of something, someone etc. denotes keeping a watch for a fault or need that needs to adjusted or repaired now and then. Emotional attachment may or may not be needed.

    At the very least, this sure is descriptive of what's going on.
    Still confused? Think Farmer vs Pig-Pen Cleaner.
    I mean thank goodness for pig-pen cleaners, but they are very likely not as invested emotionally and as financially attached as the farmer unless they are one in the same!
    People: If you still don't get it, Go fly yourselves.
  • John Atherton 8y

    Yeah, I, like you, sure wish people would use words correctly, or at least consistantly, but I'm afraid we're fighting a losing battle. L'Académie française has been trying to keep the French language on track for hundreds of years, but with only limited success; I would imagine the internet will be their death-knell. I like "steward" and "stewardess" better, too, but from what I've heard and what you wrote, maybe "attendant" might be more appropriate today. ;-)
  • John Atherton 7y

    Yes, pretty amazing! They look a lot better than the disposable plastic sanitary gloves so common today.
  • Infrogmation of New Orleans 5y

    Very nice. You didn't like Pan Am? I had pleasant experiences with them -- but flying back then seems so much nicer than what it has become.

    Do you recall where this was taken, or what route? Just curious.

    Thanks for uploading this interesting bit of airline history.
  • John Atherton 5y

    Glad to hear that someone had good experiences with Pan Am. Mine were uniformly bad over a period of about 12 years; I (and others) used the expression "Pan-Ammed again!" after yet another horrible incident. At least none of the Pan Am flights I was on crashed! I had to fly them sometimes since they were the only ones who flew certain routes. I'd guess this was taken in Belgium, but am not sure. As I remember I was in France, England and Belgium in 1970; I still have my tickets somewhere and will correct this if necessary when I find them.
  • Mark Denton 4y

    very extra groovy !
  • Eliot Shepard 4y

    Enjoyed this photo on Wikipedia and came looking for it. Thank you for sharing.
  • John Atherton 4y

    Thanks for letting me know!
  • kenDollGT 4y

    Great photo!! times have changed indeed! today I guess A stewardess would not allow you to take a photo at them! I took a photo of one in a airport recently and she turned her back.
  • John Atherton 4y

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Taken sometime in 1970
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