Jet Set Stewardess SS@M February 14, 2015 @ 11AM

The personal recollections of a Pan Am stewardess during the jet set age of aviation of the early 1960's along with a courtesy screening of the Smithsonian Documentary, "I Was a Jet Set Stewardess".

 The 1960s were the golden age of jet air travel. Pilots looked like matinee idols, air stewardesses looked like high fashion models, and passengers were served seven-course meals in first class.

PanAm Stewardess

Jetliners changed passenger travel forever. They also changed the lives of a few fortunate women. Young, charming stewardesses became the glamorous faces of the industry. Our guest speaker, Mary Lou Bigelow, was a TWA stewardess from 1959 to 1962 and Pan Am stewardess from 1962 through 1964. Through the eyes of a stewardess, she spoke about what it was like to introduce the Jet Age to the American public.

Also shown was a courtesy screening of the 46-minute Smithsonian Channel documentary "I Was a Jet Set Stewardess". Through interviews and anecdotes, the documentary details the evolution of the "air hostess," how they became icons for a generation and why the jet set era opened new career horizons that many women could only dream about.

 

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