Entertainment The golden age of flying

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    Sure, publicity photos but still cool...


    Endless legroom, smoking lounges and polite chatter: Nostalgic photos from the golden age of flying reveals the glamorous journeys of the 1950s
    Flying in the 1950s was a world away from modern journeys blighted by screaming children, air rage and insipid food.
    During the golden age of aviation, airline passengers looked pristine, oozing with the glamour of silver screen icons. Ladies wore expensive pearl necklaces, gloves and dresses, men Italian suits and even children were clad in tailored formal wear such as bow ties for boys.
    These affluent passengers travelled in a style that few could afford or imagine in that era, with a return flight from London to Australia costing more than an average annual salary.
    However, the nostalgic images don’t betray how noisy and turbulent flights of this era could be. Flying at around 25,000ft air sickness was common among passengers.
    Up until the 1960s many flew on Douglas Commercial aircraft then later Boeing and Lockheed grew in popularity. Pan America first introduced a ‘tourist class’ in 1948 making air travel more affordable and the world more accessible but the aviation industry has transformed dramatically since then.
    Adding vibrance to a faded yesteryear, AirlineRatings has compiled a collection of colour images, some of which have been restored, to transport readers back to the halcyon days of 1950s air travel.
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    The runway which doubled as a catwalk: In the 1950s everyone dressed to impress - particularly when flying. Pictured passengers disembark a DC-6
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    Formal occasion: Passengers wait for take off in the cabin of a Douglas DC-7. Women wear gloves, dresses and hats while men are clad in suits and ties
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    Polite chatter: At the rear of the plane was a lounge for passengers to meet and mingle during the flight
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    The one per cent of yesteryear: A flight attendant serves a young traveller, sporting a jacket and bow tie, a glass of water
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    Pretty in pink: Glamorous passengers smoke and unwind in the lounge of a DC-7. These affluent passengers travelled in a style that few could afford or imagine in that era, with a return flight from London to Australia costing more than an average annual salary
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    The nostalgic images don’t betray how noisy and turbulent flights of this era could be. Flying at around 25,000ft air sickness was common among passengers

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    Forget the seat recliner arguments and fights over legroom of modern times, in the 1950s there was even space for passengers to hang their coats
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    Now that is a fruit platter! Suited passengers are offered a selection of fresh produce which looks nothing like modern airline meals
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    Up until the 1960s many flew with Douglas Commercial aircraft then later Boeing and Lockheed grew in popularity
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    Best behaviour: Before iPads, kids had colouring in and books to keep them occupied during long journeys
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    Pan America first introduced a ‘tourist class’ in 1948 making air travel more affordable and the world more accessible. Pictured is the passenger cabin of a Pan Am Stratocruiser
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    To make air travel available to the masses more seats were added and the number of flight attendants was reduced
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    By 1954, tourist class was available on all Pan Am routes and most routes around the world. Pictured are passengers in downstairs bar on a Pan Am Stratocruiser
     
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    She looks like she's saying yes.

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    Why was flying so classy and elegant back then? Let's play "Guess the Race", shall we? :p
     
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    Couldn't spot 1 fat person!!
     
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    People used to get dressed up to fly, now they wear their pajamas.
     
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    I love these pics! Everything was so wonderfully "civilized" back then
     
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    I'm sure those were mostly/all publicity photos, but even in more candid pics from the time, know what you rarely see? Fat people.
     
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    Back when you use to look forwards to flying...now its a nightmare.
     
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    And flip flops.
     
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    I remember being a kid (not the 50's, but well before 9-11) and my father took me out to California to vacation. We flew from LA to Chicago on a virtually empty plane. It has the 2 or 3 seats in the sides and the 3 or 4 seats in the middle. I laid down in one of those middle aisles and slept most of the flight. I loved flying then. I hate it now. One of the most miserable things anyone can make me do now.
     
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    I agree - I hate it. Even first class sucks .
     
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    It all changed with the smelly hippies in the mid 60s.