Friday, February 08, 2008

Flying

As the frequent reader will know, last year I visited a local antique store and bought a copy of Life magazine from 1968, then posted a number of pages from it on this blog… including the sex-o-licious cover photo of Jane Fonda as Barbarella. This afternoon I had a chance to stop by the same antique store, and I happened across two more issues, one from 1956 and one from 1970.


And oh, the fun we are going to have with them. The 1956 issue includes a field guide to identifying your UFOs, while the 1970 issue is devoted to the Women’s Liberation movement. They couldn’t be more zeitgeisty if they tried.


I’ve already identified half a dozen pages that cry out for closer scrutiny. But for the moment let’s just have a look at this 1956 advertisement for KLM airlines.





It’s good to know that if your KLM flight explodes in mid-air, hurling your and your fellow passenger toward the earth, a smiling stewardess will be plummeting nearby to provide you with reading material, so as to make you imminent death more comfortable… or at least less distracting.

2 Comments:

Anonymous be.bart said...

Since KLM is merged to Air France, they've installed an In Crash Entertainment System to improve their crashing experience.

3:38 PM  
Blogger phaedrus said...

I could use a little help identifying all the UFOs that I've been seeing lately. Is it a Cygnan Cruiser model Mark IV or a Saturnian Sapien Snatcher? Without Life's help, I may never know!

12:29 AM  

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