John and I spent last weekend with friends on Cape Cod. While perusing a local antique shop, I came across a fun find — an American Airlines postcard from the 1950s.
Depicting the main cabin of a DC-7 Mercury, this 365 mph passenger plane provided non-stop service between Los Angeles and New York. Back then, air travel was a special event and folks wore their very best clothes for the occasion.
A quick Google search unearthed an image of the DC-7 as well as an AA promotional film about their cross-country service, below.
Warning: it's rather lengthy, and this is only Part 1. Part 2 and Part 3 can be viewed here and here. In its entirely, the promo is 30 minutes long — a bit of a snooze-fest, unless you're an aviation buff.
Google also dredged up an advertisement about this flagship service. Coast to coast in under eight hours, and that was three hours less than existing flight times. My, we sure have come a long way! Something to think about as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, undoubtedly the busiest travel time of the year.