In 2010 airlines started charging for carry-on items and for using the bathroom, ah how things have changed since the 50’s! When commercial flights were just beginning to…take off, popular airlines of the day focused their advertising efforts on showing the charm of their female flight attendants, the gentility of their passengers, and the exotic local women of the foreign lands they flew to.
Although it’s easy to romanticize the elegance of airlines past, many of their advertisements portray sexist scenes and culturally insensitive images of women, especially by today’s standards. Even though these ads would never run today, they can still be appreciated for their intrinsically beautiful design and the important time in aviation history they represent.
Japan Air Lines, 1959
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