The “Golden Age” of Airline Advertising

The “Golden Age” of Airline Advertising

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I’ve written before about the “Golden Age” of air travel when passengers actually looked forward to arrival at airports, checking in for flights, walking freely (along with friends or family who weren’t accompanying them on the trip) to the gate, and a relaxing, fun-filled journey to their destinations through “friendly skies.”

Whether you are too young to have experience the “fun of flying,” or have long since forgotten what it was like “back in the day,” you’ll find this collection of airline advertisements from 1934-1989 beyond belief today when airlines tout low fares rather than luxurious seating and attentive service even in Economy class cabins.

But you’ll probably be happy that the airlines no longer hand out cigarettes as they did when smoking your way through the air to Hawaii was not a “no-no.”


And today female cabin crew “stewardesses” are known as “flight attendants,” needed not be unmarried without children, nor dressed to catch the eye of male passengers.

(Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, grew up in Seattle, Washington. At age 7, he donned a suit and tie, climbed aboard a United Airlines DC-6, and took his first big trip: Up to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the day. His in-flight experiences today are a far cry from his initial airborne journey. He thanks to Seattle-based travel writer and flight attendant, Mary Jo Manazanares for bringing these airline ads of yesteryear to his attention.)

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