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“First Stewardesses”

First Stewardesses

This is a picture of what Boeing calls “First Stewardesses” in 1930. Each woman was required to be a registered nurse, and were each assigned to a Model 80A Commercial Transport. Those planes were the first to specifically designed for passenger comfort.

Technically these were not the first Stewardesses though. While the Zeppelin industry used male stewards as early as 1912, Ellen Church, is technically the first stewardess. She convinced Steve Stimson, the head of the San Francisco office that female nurses would do more to calm passengers then men would.

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