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fly the friendly skies- vintage airline photos

fly the friendly skies United airlinesI ran across a book about the early days of United Airlines in a thrift store the other day. Most of it was detailing the beginning of the company- the aircrafts, mechanics…blah, blah, boring…

Then I came across these pages… fashion from the early days of air travel and of that aspect- I can’t get enough. Here are my favorite vintage airline photos from the pages, taking you back to past episodes of Mad Men or the real good old days if you were born in the 1940’s or so. In either or any case, enjoy.

1960's stewardess outfitsLove it, barefoot but with gloves on.
I want to make these dresses and hats– at the very least, as Halloween costumes.

United airlines meal served, 1950'sThe cabin seems stuffy and crowded but all are well dressed, shoes polished, to be sure. Maybe kids wander and sit on the floor?

1950's airplane mealYum, economy class airplane food… it really hasn’t changed much.

airline service for babyOh the baby… (with a rattle in hand) being catered to.

1950's United airlines photoOK, her jacket is fabulous- every line and button- all of it. I just might have a similar pattern in my vintage pattern collection… another garment to put on the ‘to make’ list.

United airlines mainlinerI love getting on a plane this way, walking across the tarmac and up the stairs. It doesn’t happen often enough these days.

1950's airline travelI love this red-carpet well dressed (and groomed) world. Appropriately dressed for travel all these years later is very loosely interpreted… four inch heels, your tightest pants and smallest shirt for seemingly endless walking through terminals and hours on a plane? Really? Is it just me?

My husband recently watched a girl in extremely high heels trip and fall on her face in an airport, I’m sorry folks but she had it coming to her! …and he tried not to laugh out loud.

United airlines US map 1950'sI would like this map to be printed on fabric, please. A lovely, simple illustration.

Oh and sorry southeasterners, you’re going to have to wait to make the map and learn to fly the friendly skies later.

the art of clean up

I had to share- because life always seems to come back around to the subject of tiding up.

I ran across the book, The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy, by Swiss artist and comedian Ursus Wehrli. Humor-in-art and art-in-life is much appreciated in our house, as is knolling.  A newish but nevertheless important word, knolling is defined as “the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organization”. The knolling community would be very proud of this book, probably get a little teary-eyed.

So, instead of showing or telling or selling you that thing that will organize, clean and make your world a peaceful, orderly place- here are a few examples from Wehrli on how to get started:uw3






Reverse the order of the pictures and the scheme makes more sense- although decidedly less funny (and OCD)- constructing instead of deconstructing. How about the poor little buddy in the sandbox? Hopefully his day ended with the picture on the left.

Seriously though, the trick to clean up, in my opinion- is simplify.

Live simply, so that others may live.

vintage picture books

While procrastinating my duties, I stumbled into CEDOK bookstore, an online Japanese store, (I think- I don’t speak or read Japanese) and found all of these delightful illustrations in children’s picture books from 1960 – 1990’s. I couldn’t help but waste extraordinary amounts of time browsing the images.

They call to mind the books of publisher Harlin Quist an avant-garde publisher in America (1966 – 1984) who published over 60 children’s books featuring some of the finest American and European artists and illustrators. Mention of the name can bring me to tears with visual memories flooding back remembering the images of favorite books of my own childhood, Millicent the Monster being first on the list.
So, let the vintage or from-my-childhood-era reward be yours as well, I’ll show off some of the favorite illustrations I found today. I’m not sure what language is on the pages (do share if you know) and who’s the illustrator or the author, so I jotted down what info I could decipher.

Ze zahradky do zahradky, 1989, Jiri Kahoun


Domecek z kostekj, 1961, Ela Perociova, Gabriela Dubska

Tajny lodni denik, 1966, Ladiskav Dvorsky, Jan Schmid

Sroubek v cirkuse, 1963, Marcello Argilli, Vladimir Fuka

Svetlusky, 1996, Jan Marsicek, Eva Frantova

Pahadoky pro obe usi, 1978

Nevyplazuj jazyk na Ivan, 1986, Daniel Hevier, Kveta Pacovska

Karlicka a bily konik, 1968, illustrated by Branka Jurcova, Kveta Pacovska