Anyone who's flown on an airplane in the last several years knows just how dry and serious the pre-flight safety overview is. But at one time, and at least on one airline, safety wasn't just sensible, it was fun! For proof I offer this circa 1950s safety brochure from Pacific Northern Airlines, entitled "For Your Safety in 'Ditching,'" which provided a serious but not somber look at what to do if your flight crew has to attempt a water landing. But really it's all about those fantastic mid-century illustrations. I ask you -- has having to evacuate an airplane in the middle of the ocean ever looked like so much fun?! Pacific Northern, incidentally, was acquired by Western Airlines in 1967.
So I'm bopping along, looking through 40-year-old Sears catalogs, as I am wont to do, when something catches my eye. No, not hideous fashion or vintage toys, although I certainly find plenty of that. I'm talking about a something altogether different. Tucked away on page 543 of the 1969 Fall/Winter catalog is an item that you might miss if you focused on the rather, um, interesting vintage baby car seats. See if you can find what I'm think of on this "Travel Time" page... Did you see it? Nope, not the car seats. It's item #6, listed as the "Steel Travel Platform," and it is a lovely relic from the golden age of Mid-Century Baby Travel. (more…)