Posts Tagged ‘1936’

Passengers in fur and high heels supped champagne from crystal glasses as bee-hived air stewardesses handed out deluxe freebies, from cigars and deodorant to embossed evening robes. Come evening time, guests could stretch out on full-size sleeper beds, where they were pampered in style with thick blankets, slippers and large, fluffy pillows.

There was no need to worry about leg room; 1950s and 60s airliners such as Imperial Airways and Pan Am came with vast amounts of space. There was room enough to have space for spiral staircases, meals served on actual tables, bathrooms with urinals in, and mile-high bars serving exotic cocktails.

From luxury dining to glamorous guests and acres of space, here’s a collection of vintage photos from the golden age of air travel, via Stylist Magazine.

1. The Marvellous Meals

Once upon a time, an in-flight meal meant bow-tied waiters serving a three-course feast on actual tables, with linen tablecloths and fresh flowers to boot. Forget cardboard and polystyrene trays – it was china and glass all the way…

Passengers enjoy a drink and a game of cards in the cabin of
an Imperial Airways plane in 1936

Dining service aboard the Pan American Martin Clipper aircraft, circa 1936

2. The Leg Room

There was no such thing as reclining rows. No-one ever had to argue over space, because they had acres of it – guests could have easily performed cartwheels round the cabin if they fancied it.

Relaxing in the main salon aboard the Pan American Martin Clipper aircraft,
circa 1936

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German complete colour documentary from 1936. An outstanding portrait of everyday life in Berlin in this rare, well preserved film, with the magical feeling of the pastel colours of Agfa chrome.

Text and movie posted by “UnknownWW2InColor” on YouTube

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German complete colour documentary from 1936. An outstanding portrait of everyday life in Berlin in this rare, well preserved film – Video found at “RetroYouTube

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To anyone who has followed this blog for a while it comes as no surprise that I’m pretty hung up on classic campers and trailers and a while ago I found this great article from way back in 1936 written by H W Magee for Popular Mechanix. Read the large and richly illustrated article here 
Enjoy – Ted

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Mister Charles Ward had this special one-off aluminium coachwork created on the MG TA chassis on his own initiative. Charles was 31 years of age and worked in the factory of his father. For his daily use he wanted to have his own car and of course with Park Ward coachwork. In those days a rolling chassis of Rolls Royce was, for a 31 year old employee, unpayable, so it had to be a small economic and payable rolling chassis that could meet the latest state of the technique but strong enough to carry the Park Ward coachwork. The MG TA could meet this profile, however the engine had to be tuned and the chassis had to be strengthened. Because Charles wanted to show his skills he had designed and built Symphony by himself (of course with the help and all the facilities of Park Ward Coachbuilders).

Park Ward was used to build luxury cars like Rolls-Royce and Bentley and therefore he fitted this MG with almost as much luxury items like, electrically operated and tinted windows, adjustable hydraulic dampers and a leather interior. This car formed a source of inspiration for the later Bentleys by Park Ward and was sometimes used to experiment on.

The car was found as a wreck in 1985 and has been fully restored during the following seven years. The restoration took about 4000 hours and now the car is in concours condition.

The black and white pictures in the album were made by Charles Ward himself during the build of Symphony. The car had been built in one year minus one week.  Click the thumbnail for the album.

Charles Ward: "An idea, a years hard work and a life’s ambition made."

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