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A Photographic History of the Airline Stewardess


240 Pages, 11 x 8.5

Cloth, $49.95 (US $49.95) (CA $55.95)

Publication Date: August 2012

ISBN 9780615539379

Rights: WOR

Roundup Press (Old) (Aug 2012)
Roundup Press

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Runway to runway—the glamour and grit of life in the air

A high-flying tribute to the lives, careers, and legacies of stewardesses, this book answers questions and debunks misconceptions about the first ladies of the sky—from the first days of flight to today's mammoth Airbus 380s. Featuring more than 200 photographs, which document the early days of the job when stewardesses were registered nurses and had to fit certain height and weight criteria, this work showcases how airlines have changed their concept of service over the years. By weaving historical images and documents with firsthand experiences, this book stands as a testament to the immense and lasting influence that stewardesses have had on the world's airlines.


"Packed with photos, the book recounts the history of air travel and the changing perceptions of flight attendants, all accompanied by nostalgic images. . . . This is destined for many coffee tables owned by current and former airline industry workers; the book is a sweet slice of an era when air travel was considered a luxury." —Publishers Weekly (October 29, 2012)

"The book follows both American and foreign stewardesses through the jet-setting days of the Sixties and into the Seventies. Skygirls pays tribute to a profession that was once admired and envied, while at the same time being (in the days before civil rights legislation and shifting societal standards) one of the most sexist careers a young woman could pursue." —AIR & SPACE (November 2012)

"Described as a 'photographic history of the stewardess' this coffee-table sized book is much more than great photos of an earlier time, it is a stunning journey from the earliest commercial flights to air travel as we know it today." —

"This campy 'photographic history of airline stewardesses' takes you back to the glory days of commercial airline travel, when the job of flight attendant was glamorous and flying was fun." —Sacramento Bee (August 20, 2012)

"It's about women in commercial aviation, not flight attendants, so distaff pilots have only a cameo role here. Nothing in this book would offend anyone today. The photo selections are fascinating but always in good taste. Women and young readers are as likely to enjoy this book as grown-up guys." —Aviation History (January 2013)

Author Biography

Bruce McAllister is a writer, photographer, publisher, and pilot with more than 5,100 hours of flight time. He is the author of DC-3, Wings Above the Arctic, and Wings Over the Alaska Highway. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. Stephan Wilkinson is a freelance aviation writer. He lives in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York.