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My Oh My, How Flight Has Changed Since the 1950s

29 Jul Delta Air Line In-Flight Report From 1951

Delta Air Line In-Flight Report From 1951
An in-flight report from 1951

Over the past month, I went on a mission to research commercial flight in its early years. Commercial aviation took off right after World World II, when the excess of jet-engine-powered aircrafts and leisurely time made flying a newfound excitement around the country and world.

I spoke with a number of people about the topic, including early flight attendants and airline passengers, one of which told me that due to the lack of PA systems, when the engines were too noisy, the attendant would pass around pieces of paper with the flight crew’s names and the destination city’s weather conditions.

Since he shared that story, I couldn’t stop imagining what that paper might have looked like – was it hand-written, printed, white, off-white, letter-headed, signed, dated, scented?

Today I received an email from a Delta Air Lines archivist, passing along the above image of an in-flight report, the piece of paper my interviewee had told me about. As it turns out, it was beautifully illustrated and hand-written. I most love that it points out the “next point of interest” for passengers peering out the window, a pastime I’m told was popular in the early days of air travel, when seat-back entertainment and in-flight WiFi were not yet the norms.

I’m consistently amazed by the power of the Internet. With just one post, I wondered what this piece of paper of a bygone period looked like, and the next day, the answer was in my inbox. The world is a beautiful place. Thank you, universe and Delta Air Lines archivist.

Staycations: How Americans Spend Their Summers

9 Aug

Two-thirds of Americans have taken a “staycation,” according to a recent LivingSocial survey. With the average vacation cost weighing in at a whopping $1,180 per person, it’s no wonder!

As if it weren’t sad enough that Americans only get an average of 14 vacation days per year — an international low — more than half of Americans say that increased gas prices affect their summer travel plans. Oy, come on, America.

Let’s take a look at the world of staycations with the below infographic created by timeRAZOR.

I’d have to give a thumbs up to everything except that staycations are “still a favorite way for Americans to spend their summer.” Based on the data, it kind of looks like we’re just forced into staying home, with no vacation days and too many expenses. Please, someone, let us out of here!

T-Shirt Quilts: Staying Warm With Memories

6 Mar

Over the years, I’ve accumulated hundreds of t-shirts. Last year, I had the bright idea of turning them into t-shirt quilts. There are many quilters that focus on making t-shirt quilts — it turns out that it’s a big market, especially around graduation and winter holiday times.

After gathering all of my shirts together and separating them into categories, I researched about 10-15 t-shirt quilters online. I settled on T-Shirt-Quilts.com, which is owned by Blue Ribbon Quilt Co.

Co-owner Linda Lawson worked with me to choose quilt sizes, t-shirt order and material colors for the quilts. In the end, I settled on having four quilts made for distinct parts of my life: social media, travel, New York University and Paragould High School. Take a look at the quilts below and let me know what you think!


I put my social media swag to great use with this t-shirt quilt.


The largest quilt I ordered fits on a queen-sized bed and contains 36 t-shirts from my NYU days.


I used 30 of my high school t-shirts for this full-sized quilt.


While I’ve been to many more places than the ones represented on this quilt, I wanted to have a travel quilt made that focused on orange. Ta da!

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