Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sepia Scenes - Stratospheric (not)


(Reclaimed from the past, I re-edited and re-scanned, and it evokes the past and specifically this era so very well. The sense of style, especially in sepia, that was the 50s seems to have stayed back there...)

Sepia Scenes and the past pair up well as we travel back to 1957 with my predecessors: grandfather (L) and father. They stand on the non-TSA observation deck of the Pittsburgh airport. Dad was to take his TWA flight back home to LaGuardia field in NYC.

Notice how people also dressed up to fly in those days - the elder Ralph even dressed up (minus the tie) to merely drive to the airport! The TWA plane is a Martin 404, a piston engined, propeller turning turbulence magnet bouncing along at an altitude of maybe 12,000 ft (3350 M) above sea level. The bumpiest jet flight today is a mere bump in the sky...


The past may have passed in fact, but the old days still look fine in sepia!

4 comments:

Annie said...

Good morning Ralph. I have always liked the formality of the 50s. Dressing for flight or any sort of travel reflects the respect we showed to the people around us. It was a special time and dressing for the occasion but with a dash of comfort can never be wrong.

Kramer said...

An era when air travel was romantic and exotic, too. Looking good in sepia. I miss that style.

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

The gentlemen are so handsome - I thought they were movie stars :)

LauraX said...

so handsome...I agree with Birgitta!