PRESS PHOTO OF FIVE EASTERN AIRLINE STEWARDESSES ON A PICKET LINE AT JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (1973)

This vintage press photo was taken by the Associated Press while they were covering the Eastern Airlines stewardess strike that occurred in 1973. The photograph features five of the airline’s stewardesses on a picket line. The picket signs indicate that the women were seeking improved retirement benefits and higher wages. The stewardesses were picketing at JFK airport in New York City. They are identified by name in the caption. This was a “Wildcat Strike”, which is defined as a strike action taken by union workers without the support or approval of the union leadership. Eastern Airlines was in business between 1926 and 1991. Ironically, labor disputes was one of the significant reasons that the airline failed. This photograph formerly resided at the library of the “Plain Dealer”. The Plain Dealer is the major newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. The paper has been around for awhile; it was founded in 1842. The photo measures about 7 1/4″ x 10″ and is in excellent condition (see scans).

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THE FLIGHT ANGELS OF WESTERN AIR EXPRESS (1940)

This vintage photograph features two uniformed stewardesses (modern parlance: flight attendants) at the door of an airplane. Standing beside them is the plane’s pilot. The light haired stewardess appears to be receiving a piece of luggage from an administrator. The luggage appears to be a hat box but may be too large for that purpose. Note the size of the hat worn by the dark haired stewardess. The hat is certainly a pill box hat, or at least, in that style. Printing on the “hat box” reads “Flight Angels”. Perhaps that term was used at the time to describe stewardesses. There was a movie entitled “Flight Angels” (1940) and it starred Virginia Bruce, Dennis Morgan, and Ralph Bellamy. It was an aviation film that described the training and operations of an airline. It showed the daily routine experienced by pilots and stewardesses during the 1940’s. Examination of the photograph reveals that the crew of this plane worked for “Western Air Express”. This airline went through many transitions during its existence. It started as a mail carrier in 1925 and in short time started flying passengers. In 1930 Western Air Express merged with TWA. In 1934 Western Air Express departed from TWA and in 1941, changed it’s name to Western Airlines. Printing on the reverse of this photograph indicates that it was taken in 1940, just a year before the airlines became Western Airlines. The photographer was Herbert Titter who operated a studio in Great Falls, Montana. Titter is known for his photographs of Blackfoot Indians. In fact, the Library of Congress owns at least 15 of his portraits. This vintage photograph measures about 5″ x 8″ and is in excellent condition (see scans). 

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