Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Stewardess

American Airlines - Route of the Flagships - 1940.

The role of a stewardess ultimately derives from that of similar positions on passenger ships or passenger trains, but it has more direct involvement with passengers because of the confined quarters and often shorter travel times on aircraft.

The President Special - Pan American Airways - 1949.

Additionally, the job of a flight attendant revolves around safety to a much greater extent than those of similar staff on other forms of transportation. Flight attendants on board a flight collectively form a cabin crew.

23 Years Old - Capital Airlines - 1950.

The first stewardess uniforms were designed to be durable, practical, and inspire confidence in passengers. The first stewardesses for United Airlines wore green berets, green capes and nurse's shoes. Other airlines, such as Eastern Air Lines, actually dressed stewardesses in nurses' uniforms.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Musical LA

Bobby Darin, Ambassador for American Heart Association, crowning Marcy Milan as Heart Fund Queen for Los Angeles County, 1964 - (Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library)

Singer Pat Boone, his wife, Shirley, and children, left to right, Lindy, Cherry, Laurie, and Debbie, arrive by American Airlines jet from New York. Boone is here to make science fiction picture, "A Journey to the Center of the Earth." 1959 - (Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library)

The Singing Lennon Sisters, sitting on couch with seven younger siblings in Venice, California 1964 - In the front row, from left, are Danny 13, Pat 12, Kippy 3. In rear row, from left , are Kathy, 19, Peggy 21, Anne 4, Janet 17, Billy 9, Joey 6, and Mimi 8. Older sister Diana, 22, has left the act and is married - (Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library)

The Carpenters, Karen and Richard, onstage at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California 1975 - (Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Summertime USA

These are a sample of slides from one of the largest and coolest collections I have ever seen on the internet, with a word from the owner:

Weird, sometimes funny, sometimes sad but decidedly interesting slides of the 20th Century. All of them were up for grabs at estate sales or garage sales or in the trash, their owners long gone. So I came to the rescue with my trusty scanner and Photoshop ~ Simply A Girl From Midwestern USA (Aka: vieilles_annonces on Flickr)

Posing Outside of Maxine's (Between 1949 and 1952).

Boston and Maine Transportation Company Bus
and the Hampton Beach Girls - 1953.

New House, new Corvette, new Babe 1950s.

Galveston, Texas in 1958.

Galveston, Texas in 1958 - Debbie Ferryman.

Laguna Beach, California 1961.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Classic Airline Ads

Time was when the man who traveled for a living enjoyed precious few hours of home life. But that was before TWA became such a good family friend. Across the U.S. and Overseas... FLY Trans World Airlines.

Not two, but three alert stewardesses assure you every attention in the brief span of a Delta Royal Service Flight. Delta Airlines DC-8 Jetliners are on their way!

Finest thing on Wings! ...and it's all yours on Northwest Airlines.

High, Wide and Handsome - Northwest's Stratocruiser, world's most luxurios airliner.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Women of War

Presenting a salute to the WOW's (Woman Ordanance Workers), of the United States, representing the American women who worked in war factories during World War II, many of whom worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs and many took the jobs of the men, that had gone to join the army.

These color photos from World War II capture an era generally seen only in black and white. Photographers working for the U.S. government's Office of War Information (OWI) made 100's of photographs that depicted life in the United States, at the time. These are some of them:

This girl in a glass house is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber, Long Beach, Calif. She's one of many capable women workers in the Douglas Aircraft Company plant. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F is a later model of the B-17 which distinguished itself in action in the South Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere. It is a long range, high altitude heavy bomber, with a crew of seven to nine men, and with armament sufficient to defend itself on daylight missions. (Photographer: Alfred T. Palmer - October 1942 - Library of Congress)

Painting the American insignia on airplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal. Mrs. McElroy is a civil service employee at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Her husband is a flight instructor. (Photographer Howard R. Hollem - August 1942 - Library of Congress)

Woman working on an airplane motor at North American Aviation, Inc., plant in California. (Photographer: Alfred T. Palmer - June 1942 - Library of Congress)

Riveter at work on Consolidated bomber, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas. (Photographer Howard R. Hollem - October 1942 - Library of Congress) *** See the link for Rosie the Riveter below.

A young woman employee of North American Aviation, Incorporated, working over the landing gear mechanism of a P-51 fighter plane, Inglewood, California. (Photographer: Alfred T. Palmer - October 1942 - Library of Congress)

Operating a hand drill at North American Aviation, Inc., a woman is working in the control surface department assembling a section of the leading edge for the horizontal stabilizer of a plane, Inglewood, California. (Photographer: Alfred T. Palmer - October 1942 - Library of Congress)

Drilling a wing bulkhead for a transport plane at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas. (Photographer Howard R. Hollem - October 1942 - Library of Congress)

LINK: Library of Congress
***LINK: Rosie the Riveter on Wikipedia

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

As of October 4th, 2009, the death toll of U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan has reached -- 5216 -- REMEMBER THEM ALL !!!

Unknown Soldier from World War I being taken from the USS Olympia at the Washington Navy Yard and transported to the US Capitol to lay in state. On November 11, 1921 the body was intered at Arlington National Cemetery.

Standing on the right in the picture are: (L-R) Secretary Weeks, Secretary Denby, General Pershing, Admiral Coontz. (Photo: DC Public Library)

Tomb of the Unkown Soldier - Arlington National Cemetary - Circa 1940's. (Photo: Library of Congress)

USS Arizona Memorial - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Honoring members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War and who died in service or are still unaccounted for.


A New York City fire fighter looks up at what remains of the World Trade Center after its collapse during a Sept. 11 terrorist attack. (U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Arlington National Cemetery

The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment began their rounds to place a small American flag into the ground in front of every grave marker at Arlington National Cemetery for the upcoming Memorial Day observance in 2008.

A rucksack filled with small American flags ready to place at gravesites. (Photo by Adam Skoczylas).

Master Sgt. Steven Colbert places a flag on a gravesite with his son's assistance. (Photo by Adam Skoczylas).

Flags stand vigil at gravesites in Arlington National Cemetary. (Photo by Adam Skoczylas).

The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It stands on top of a hill overlooking Washington, D.C.

One of the more popular sites at the Cemetery, the tomb is made from Yule marble quarried in Colorado. It consists of seven pieces, with a total weight of 79 short tons (72 metric tons). The tomb was completed and opened to the public April 9, 1932, at a cost of $48,000.

It was initially named the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier." Other unknown servicemen were later entombed there, and it became known as the "Tomb of the Unknowns", though it has never been officially named. The soldiers entombed there are:

  • Unknown Soldier of World War I, interred November 11, 1921.
  • Unknown Soldier of World War II, interred May 30, 1958.
  • Unknown Soldier of the Korean War, also interred May 30, 1958.

  • Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War, interred May 28, 1984. The remains of the Vietnam Unknown were disinterred, under the authority of President Bill Clinton, on May 14, 1998, and were identified as those of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael J. Blassie, whose family had him reinterred near their home in St. Louis, Missouri.

    The Tomb of the Unknowns is perpetually guarded by the U.S. Army. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard") began guarding the Tomb April 6, 1948.
  • Saturday, May 23, 2009

    In Memorium

    Ross Andrew McGinnis was a soldier in the United States Army who was killed in action on December 4, 2006 during the Iraq War when he threw himself on a live grenade thereby saving the lives of at least four other Soldiers.

    For his action, McGinnis was posthumously promoted to specialist and awarded the Medal of Honor as well as the Silver Star and Purple Heart. His family was presented the Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush on June 2, 2008 at a ceremony at the White House.

    Pfc. McGinnis, with his mom at Fort Benning, Georgia, 2005.

    Pfc. McGinnis, with his dad at Fort Benning, Georgia, 2005.

    Pfc. McGinnis, with sister Katie, 20.

    And these are the soldiers whose lives he saved: From left, retired Staff Sgt. Ian Newland, Sgt. Lyle Buehler, Sgt. 1st Class Cedric Thomas and Spc. Sean Lawson are all alive today because of Spc. Ross McGinnis's selfless sacrifice. (U.S. Army Photo by Carrie McLeroy)

    Since the beginning of the Iraq War, McGinnis is one of four known Servicemen who have thrown themselves on a live grenade; the others being:

    (LINK) Marine Corporal Jason Dunham
    (LINK) Navy SEAL Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor
    (LINK) Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta

    McGinnis is the fourth recipient of the Medal of Honor in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    LINK: Read more about Specialist McGinnis at his U.S. Army Medal of Honor Page.

    Friday, May 22, 2009

    The USO

    As a prelude to Memorial Day, here is an organization that has provided services to millions of American servicemen and women (including myself) throughout the years and continues to do so today. The USO.

  • The United Service Organizations Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization that provides morale and recreational services to members of the U.S. military, with programs in over 135 centers worldwide. Since 1941, it has worked in partnership with the Department of Defense and has provided support and entertainment to U.S. armed forces.

    Men and women dancing a double conga line, winding its way through the vast hall of the City Auditorium at the USO in Virginia Beach, Virginia - 1942 (Photo: William C. Shrout - LIFE Magazine Archives)

  • During World War II, the USO became the G.I.'s "home away from home," and began a tradition of entertaining the troops that continues today. Involvement in the USO was one of the many ways in which the nation had come together to support the war effort, with nearly 1.5 million Americans having volunteered their services in some way.

    Movie star Carole Landis singing at the mike on stage for American soldiers during USO Camp Shows tour of U.S. Army camps in North Africa with Martha Raye, Kay Francis & Mitzi Mayfair - 1943 (Photo: Margaret Burke-White - LIFE Magazine Archives)

  • After it was disbanded in 1947, it was revived in 1950 for the Korean War, after which it also provided peacetime services. During the Vietnam War, USOs were sometimes located in combat zones. The organization became particularly famous for its live performances called Camp Shows, through which the entertainment industry helped boost the morale of its servicemen and women.

    Mural of LA-Hollywood area done by screen cartoonists, presented to Hollywood USO as gift to servicemen - 1945 (Photo: Walter Sanders - LIFE Magazine Archives)

  • Hollywood was eager to show its patriotism, and lots of big names joined the ranks of USO entertainers. They entertained in military bases both at home and overseas, often placing their own lives in danger by traveling or performing under hazardous conditions - some losing their lives.

  • During the 1990s it delivered services to 5 million active duty service members and their families and today "continues to be a touch of home to America's troops."

    Opening of the first USO facility in Iraq, 2008.
  • Thursday, May 21, 2009

    Around The OC

    Traffic and billboards along commercial strip of Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim, California, 1966. Anaheim may be the fairland city, but the Harbor Blvd. strip south of Disneyland is far from being majestic. (Photo: LA Times)

    One of 25 boats in Balboa Island Sculling and Punting Society parade to toast 32nd anniversary of the repeal of prohibition begins turn around Sunday in Newport Bay, California, December 1965. (Photo: LA Times)

    Angel manager Bill Rigney, flanked by Disneyland characters, Pluto and Mickey Mouse, is presented a "pennant" at groundbreaking ceremonies for new stadium in Anaheim Monday. Angels will play in $16 million stadium starting in 1966. (Photo: LA Times, September 1, 1964)

    Carl Karcher, founder of Carl's Jr., standing at hot dog cart in front of Karcher headquarters in Anaheim, California, May 26, 1981. (Photo: LA Times)

    LINK: To see more great photos visited the UCLA Archives.

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Classic Casinos Part 2

    I took a quick trip to Las Vegas this past weekend and found some great postcards. I actually thought they stopped making cool postcards of Vegas, but these prove me wrong. These 4 are of some of the Classic Hotels and Casinos on the Vegas Strip.

    LINK: Yesterdays post of 4 Classic Hotels and Casinos in Downtown Vegas on Fremont Street.

    I always buy postcards where ever I go, so I bought some extras. If any Viewliner reader would like to purchase a set of these postcards just let me know. They are high quality, high gloss, 4 by 6 inch postcards. Set of 8 - $4.00 postage paid in the U.S. - International add $2.00 for shipping.

    Flamingo Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas. (PC copyright 2002)

    Circus Circus Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas. (PC copyright 2002)

    Riviera Hotel and Casino - 2100 Deluxe Rooms and Suites - 4 Award Winning Shows - Six Unique Restaurants. (PC copyright 1998)

    Sahara Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada. (PC copyright 1998)