This photo was taken in 1936 at Newark Airport as a male steward (one of the very first!) welcomed passengers aboard. This was also a time when people dressed up to fly rather than wear old yoga pants, an oversized sweatshirt and Uggs.
Want to travel but don't want to deal with your crying, squirmy baby? Well, that's too bad, because we no longer have these cool hanging cribs where people used to stow their babies right next to their carry-ons.
In the olden days, you and your bestie could book bunk beds on a flight so you could have a slumber party in the sky! Then you'd flip a coin over who gets top bunk, of course. Sigh. Flying used to be so civilized.
I like to imagine that there was once a time when kids didn't cry, scream or throw temper tantrums in the middle of a long flight. Judging from this photo, I think such a glorious, calm time did actually exist. You just need to give kids their own bunk beds and they'll behave like angels.
This would have been everybody's favorite part of flying, obviously. Nowadays, you just have to sit in your small, cramped seat and order tiny bottles of wine, drink by yourself and watch some crummy sitcom on the small screen in front of you.
Anyway, if you're traveling anywhere in the near future, I hope you enjoy your flight. Fingers crossed you'll have good in-flight entertainment, because apparently that's the only thing that's better now in air travel than it was 50 years ago.