Fort Worth, TX. American Airlines. 06- 1965.
Pamphlet 8 3/4 x 4 inches unfolding to a full color map approximately 24 x 34 inches depicting the United States and Mexico and the routes flown by the airline's "Astrojets" and propeller aircraft. Striking images of the company's aircraft appear in the lower left corner of the map. Verso of map features text extolling the amenities offered passengers and details relating to American's growing fleet of jet aircraft as the company phases out its piston driven airplanes (DC-6 and DC-7 etc.). Very good condition, two indented spots at lower edge. This is the June 1965 edition of a series of "Welcome Aboard" brochures published over the years by American. In this iteration, a primary objective of the extensive text blocks on the verso of the map is to reassure passengers new to the experience of jet travel, thus we have panels headlined "What Makes a Jet Jet?" and "Why Planes Fly." Other panels wax lyrical on amenities designed "For Your Comfort," including an astonishing passage on "Those Wonderful Washrooms." Additional panels focus on the Flight Crew, including paragraphs on the rigorous process involved in hiring "Your Stewardess...about 7 of 250 applicants make the grade." Further details regarding "Your Stewardess" detail the rigorous parameters pertaining to weight, height, and age; also, "A young woman must be unmarried to qualify as a Stewardess candidate." Although the brochure is less than 50 years old, it clearly evokes a vanished world so far as air travel is concerned, as demonstrated by the brochure's jaw-dropping assertion that "it is the intelligent, progressive people who use air transportation." No hoi polloi on American, thank you...at least not in 1965. Item #51120