If you ever have the time or inclination to browse, the Library of Congress website is a fun place to look through old images. This one is titled "Tea time in the air." According to the information with the photo, Miss Wanda Wood, hostess for Eastern Air Transport, is serving tea for two to Misses Charlotte Childress and Elizabeth Hume aboard one of the line's passenger planes. "The company provides bridge, tea and cigarettes," according to the photo ID, with hostesses arranging the bridge games and serving the tea. The photo is dated January 10, and the year is listed as both 1930 and 1931, so choose your favorite, I suppose.
Now while I'd love the tea and wouldn't mind learning to play bridge, I must say I'm pleased that airline hostesses don't provide cigarettes on planes anymore.
And on a fun note, check out the expression of the lady at left. What is she thinking? "Man, I'll be glad when this flight is over." "I wish there were something besides tea in that cup." Or perhaps, "If only I didn't have to change planes in Atlanta…"
Feel free to add any thoughts of your own!