09 August 2011
The "Twitter" of the 1940s
Her assigned route was Chicago-to-New-York and back in a DC-3. In those days the stewardesses were treated "like royalty," being housed at the Palmer House in Chicago and I think the Plaza in New York. Limousines transported them between their hotels and the airport.
Non-stop flights were well in the future. Chicago-to-New York meant a first leg from Chicago to Fort Wayne, Indiana, followed by stops in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Stewardesses had time to actually cook dinner for the 21 passengers, who had time to read entire books. The pilot communicated with the passengers using this form:
My mom saved a couple of these - notably this one -