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    24 Pictures Show The Glamorous Styles Of 1960s Flight Attendants

    Times have totally changed, for better or for worse.

    In addition to an amazing archive of nearly 1 million aviation-related photos, the San Diego Air and Space Museum also keeps a collection of images from the lives of flight attendants in the 1960s.

    Most of this beautiful archive can be found in the Pacific Southwest Airlines Collection, which was donated in large part by former employees of PSA.

    So much has changed in the industry since — it was a time when most flight attendants were required to retire from work by the age of 32, ensuring a youthful work force.

    A high school graduate, single (widows and divorcees with no children considered), 20 years of age (girls 19 1/2 may apply for future consideration). 5'2" but no more than 5'9," weight 105 to 135 in proportion to height and have at least 20/40 vision without glasses.

    Alan Renga, the San Diego Air and Space Museum archivist, spoke to BuzzFeed about the photos:

    "I talked to many of the flight attendants, who called themselves 'stews.'"

    "Most said that they loved working for the company!"

    "But they also had to keep their weight down, and couldn't be married."

    "It wasn't uncommon for flight attendants to be fired if they decided to wed."

    "...although a few told me that they kept their marriage a secret."

    "They were also supposed to be very friendly but not date the customers."

    "...again, many said they broke that rule as well!"

    To learn more, check out the San Diego Air and Space Museum website at