My very first flights were with Wein Airlines (pre "Air Alaska") in 1957 and 1959 on c47s and c46s. I'd met the owners son in Kotzebue a couple of times and enjoyed his photo hobbies together. Do you remember the photos of the blanket toss than was on most of the brochures?
When crossing over the Arctic circle the crew would either put the plane in a dive and then up or a steep (for a DC3) climb and down the other side just for the fun of the "lower 48ers" on board.
Later came a merger with a carrier out of ANC
I think was called Northern Consolidated. That brought the yellow and blue colors in use. Wein Consolidated was the new name then. Flightseeing around Mount McKinley with the wonderful windows on the ex-Consolidated F27s was a real treat.
The Prudhoe Bay oil boom and jet service came with the name you knew them by and then not long after a true era ended with one of the last family named airlines, Markair was born - and died.
These are distant memories and would love to read possibly more accurate accounts but one story I'd heard a while back covered in controversy was about Frank Weins photos of an Eskimo couple from, I think Kotzebue, named Mary and Abraham Lincoln. Yes that's right. I met then twice myself. Abe paddled up to the shore at the fishing camp to add his catch on the drying racks and Frank would always follow him around with his camera as they were old friends. (I'd be playing with Franks son I think it was)
Many photos of the couple adorned all the pamphlets and brochures Frank put together for his dad Noel and the airline. Abe's picture became so well known as representative of Alaskas Eskimo people that when Alaska put a, for lack of a better word, likeness, on their aircrafts tail many assumed it was also Abe.
The origin of those Alaska "drawings" have been discussed here before down to the name of the person they originally were patterned after. Not Abe but possibly also living in Kotzebue. It was now not supposed to represent just the "Eskimo" but also the interior native people as well so was homogenized to lose definitive features. Wein and the Lincolns were long gone by then but it was hashed over in several cabins filled with airline lore I've been in around the state.