Airline Expansion and Innovation (1927 - 1941)

Stewardess Transcontinental and Western Air, 1935

Stewardess
Transcontinental and Western Air, 1935

In 1935, Thelma Jean Harman became the first stewardess for T.W.A. She wore this summer uniform while flying aboard Ford Tri-Motors along T.W.A.'s "Lindbergh Line" from New York to Los Angeles. The stewardess badge on her coat was a later addition to the uniform.
Gift of Thelma Jean Harman

Image number 2007-13187
Credit: Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

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