Pan Am Airlines
I watched a very informative programme on the BBC last night all about the sadly now bankrupt, but once world leading airline company, Pan Am. The airline was launched on October 27, 1927 and lasted up until the early 90’s when a bomb exploded a Boeing 747 over Lockerbie and scared the public away from flying for some time. There’s so much info out there on sites like Wikipedia but Pan Am was without a doubt, the most luxurious way to travel for at least 40+ years. There’s some amazing posters I’ve come across to celebrate all the countries they would do scheduled flights to in their amazing Clippers.
There’s a fab article with some great images about stewardess’s clothing here and a whole variety of Pan Am Retro merchandise here. American TV have even produced a show based on the Airline Company, looks like Madmen have met their match (see here.)
There’s much more info on Everything Pan Am . Possibly around the time of the Kubrick’s 2001 a Space Odyssey, a rumour started that Pan Am would be offering trips to the Moon at one stage, after days of switchboards being jammed with interested patrons, they had to confess it wasn’t about to happen, even if they did send out some false tickets for the Moon Club. Can you imagine being served by a stewardess with a soft crash helmet on her head, hurrah for the sixties !