I was recently meandering around the blogosphere when I came across an excellent post entitled "The Glamour of Flight" by Dark Roasted Blend. It featured images of stewardesses from from the early days of commercial aviation, and I couldn't help but be startled by how amazingly different things were. This couldn't possibly be how they really dressed, how they really looked.... could it?
These women were obviously dressed in a manner to please a customer base that was almost exclusively male. When the airplane ceased being a sort of gentleman's club in the late 1970's, the role of the stewardess quickly changed.
Goodbye, cocktail waitresses of the sky. Hello, passenger care and safety professionals.