During WWII, commercial air travel came to a halt and gave way to flying limited aircraft designed to serve the war effort. WWII also brought changes for the stewardess.
When the second world war began in 1939, female stewardesses with their nursing skills left the airlines to offer their healing skills in the military. This exit opened the door to hire non-nurses for work as stewardesses.
“Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.”
Ellen Church succeeded. Boeing Air Transport, the predecessor of United Airlines agreed to hire eight women, conditionally, for a three-month experiment. The country’s first stewardesses journey began on May 15, 1930, when Church and seven young women began their first day. Where did they fly? Four women flew from San Francisco to Cheyenne, Wyoming and the other four flew from Cheyenne to Chicago.
“I like trains. I like their rhythm, and I like the freedom of being suspended between two places, all anxieties of purpose taken care of: for this moment I know where I am going.” Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder
Jessica Gross delves into the reasons why writers like trains in her article, “Writing the Lake Shore Limited – Trains as writers’ garrets. The Paris Review
“Why do writers find the train such a fruitful work environment?