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And One More of Plaid

I fully intended to include this cute plaid eyeshade yesterday in my plaid post.  But out of sight, out of mind, as they say.  This was in the pile on the table that is supposedly a workspace, but is in reality an object catcher.

It was a lucky etsy find, which came up under my usual “travel” search.  I love the woven Pan Am label and the little plastic case.  Oh, the advantages of First Class, though back in the 1960s when this eyeshade was most likely made, there were perks all around the plane.  My husband flew to Europe on Pan Am in 1970 on one of the brand new 747s, and he remembers having access to a lounge, and I’m sure his student group was flying tourist class.

I have not been watching the new TV series, Pan Am, as the previews were just too annoying, but it looks as if the show is headed for the same fate as the airline – cancellation.  Any opinions?


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What has happened to “Progress?”

I think we’ve all pretty much been taught to take the idea of progress for granted, but this picture (from a Pan American Airlines ad, 1951) proves without a doubt that Progress is dead. This, fellow travelers, is a lounge, on the airliner! You could get up, walk around, socialize, relax.

Today on an airliner, you are pretty much trapped, especially in coach. You are at the mercy of the people on either side of you, which is an excellent reason to travel with two good friends! And are those real martini glasses? Today you’re lucky to get a mini bottle of gin and a plastic cup, that that usually costs extra!



Posted by Mselle Noir:

They used to have berths on the early transatlantic flights didn’t they? Echoing the level of comfort on liners and trains. The new European super-jumbo has been marketed with similar mock-ups of interior bars and lounges, but I’ll bet you a Beefeater mini-bottle that they never get used like that…

Friday, January 6th 2006 @ 7:35 AM

Posted by Lizzie Bramlett:

I think there were berths on some flights even in the 1950s. I have some pictures somewhere that I’ll post eventually.

Tuesday, January 10th 2006 @ 11:46 AM


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