I guess in 1969 "working girl" didn't have quite the same negative connotations it has today, eh?
Anyway, my question is: behind each of the passengers, next to their ears, it looks like there's some kind of old-fashioned intercom or something. Each seat has one, they have a little lighted button on them, but I just can't tell what the heck it is and I've never been on a plane that had one off these geegaws at every seat. Some kind of primitive personal entertainment system?
Another question is, does anyone think the width of the aisle in that picture is remotely honest? I think those old ads were actually paintings, not photographs, so it could be bogus.
Ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13193 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2595 times:
Perhaps it is an early sound system, that used a speaker rather than earphones. It seems to have a volume knob on it. Maybe it was also a call button for the f/a's, which lit when pushed on to indicate whom had hit their call button. These may have also been showing the First Class seats of the time. What kind of aircraft did Delta have at the time? Could this be a DC-8?
JumboBumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2518 times:
Those JAL pictures on that sight remind me of a store I used to go to in Denver. If you're ever in Denver, go to Pacific Mercantile in Saporro Square - about 17th and Lawrence, maybe (the closest thing Denver has to a Little Japan). Anyway, up on the walls, you'll find a bunch of old JAL posters - they're pretty cool.
BTW... the plane in that picture in the link above looks more like a room than an airplane cabin. Just my 2 cents.
Ctbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2450 times:
The aircraft pictured is a DC-8. The wierd things in the seats are actually a reading light (!). When Douglas first designed the DC-8, they designed all the passenger controls to be in the seat itself. The seat, called a "Palamar" contained air vents, a reading light, emergency oxygen masks, call button, etc. On United aircraft, that corner was for the IFE system.
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LongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5155 posts, RR: 43
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1858 times:
No, that is a real DC-8 First Class cabin. If you put the aisle in perspective with the flight attendant, it is only about 8 inches on either side of her ... and, flight attendants were narrower in those days
One thing to notice, other than the cool Palomar seats, (boy, THAT brings back memories), is look at the wall between First Class and Economy. Quite a change from today's curtains, or even worse, on American carriers ... nothing!
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Part103 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1817 times:
Weird seeing that photo posted again so recently. It was posted on http://queenofsky.journalspace.com/ just the other day. You might take a look at this. A very interesting situation developing on this former F/A's blog.
Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2012 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1689 times:
UA's DC-8's had the reading light in the seat back just like Delta, until they redid the interiors, put the lights above, and installed the audio controls and plug in for the head sit where the reading light is in the picture. The DC-8, was very comfortable in coach, 36 inches of pitch with foot rests.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17170 posts, RR: 66
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1588 times:
that looks more like a set than an actual aircraft, given the width of the aisle and the gigantic ceiling.
It's a first class aisle, so the width is not surprising. Also, the bins used to be much smaller. Hard as it may be to remember in these days of 32" pitch and Cryingair, flying was different in those days.
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