Thought Provoking Images That Will Make You Question History

By | June 12, 2019

Stewardess guidelines in the 1940s.

At times modern life can feel as if it’s going so fast that there’s no time to stop and look around. Technology is moving so fast that it’s hard to see up, and things come in and out of fashion so quickly that it’s impossible to know what’s cool anymore. The vintage photos, news clippings and ads collected here illustrate that things are so different today than they were even 30 years ago.

These photos of candy and cigarette ads aimed at children, and how-to guides for women looking to meet a husband will make you stop and wonder if what you’re looking at is real. Along with the photos we’ve got some helpful details to put everything in perspective. Read on! 

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Today, airline attendants are incredibly professional men and women who handle all kinds of problems in air transportation on a day to day basis. While that was true of stewardesses in the 1940s, they were expected to be a homogeneous group of beauty queen-type women that were a mix of “nurse, ticket-puncher, baggage-master, guide, waitress, and little mother of all the world.”

Stewardesses were trained at “charm farms” where they learned how to speak and act while on a plane, and had their hair trimmed into perfect collar-length dos that gave a sense of uniformity to every flight. 

Gas prices in 1939.

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Try to keep your jaw from dropping while thinking about this low low gas price from 1939. Comparing that price today is absolutely wild, but even with inflation it’s still not bad at $2.95. There definitely weren’t as many cars on the road in 1939 as there were now, and many of the cars that were on the road didn’t have turn signals until that year.

At the time drivers weren’t going to be stocking up on a ton of gas, while cars at the time held anywhere from 13 to 21 mpg it’s unclear if that mpg related to modern standards. Still it would be nice to pay for gas by using pocket change.