On this blog, I've written a few times about how race has impacted travel in this country. The painting of black Pan Am stewardess was a piece of art that I really enjoyed seeing at a pop-up restaurant. Even if it was an imagined moment.
While on Pinterest a few weeks ago, I learned some more travel history. On February 11, 1958, Ruth Carol Taylor became the first black stewardess on a flight aboard Mohawk Airlines. The flight was from Ithaca to New York City. As an aside, I also found a local connection. She was born in Boston!
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum provides the requirements for stewardesses back in the day. You needed to be:
- Attractive (just below Hollywood standards, with plenty of personality and poise)
- Single (not divorced, separated, or widowed)
- 21 - 26 years old
- Registered nurse or two years of college
- Height of 5' 2" - 5' 6"
- Weight of no more than 135 pounds
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