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24 Pictures Show The Glamorous Styles Of 1960s Flight Attendants

Times have totally changed, for better or for worse.

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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.

San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
San Diego Air & Space Museum

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.

San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
San Diego Air & Space Museum

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.

San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
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.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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.'"

San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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

San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
San Diego Air & Space Museum

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

San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

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

San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
San Diego Air & Space Museum

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

San Diego Air & Space Museum

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

San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Air & Space Museum

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

San Diego Air & Space Museum

To learn more, check out the San Diego Air and Space Museum website at www.sandiegoairandspace.org.

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