In today's world of pushing and shoving, airplane flying has become a nuisance that manages to at once be both exhausting and mundane. But back in the day, it was glamorous. When you see photos of people flying Pan Am, which was the world's largest carrier from 1927 until its collapse in 1991, it looks like the lounge of a chic hotel: fancy people all dressed up drinking martinis. And nothing serves as a clear example of how much the mighty have fallen as these mouth-watering menus from the .
Here, a menu from July 20, 1939, featuring a proper five-course meal, followed by coffee.
In the 1950s, things get even more lush. , Pan Am had most of their food catered by the famous Parisian restaurant "Maxim's," which explains why most of the menu is in French and why there seems to be infinitely more alcohol options than food.
During this time, flights from the continental U.S. to Alaska offered menus whose back sides doubled as postcards, like the ones below. The airline crew would mail them free of charge.
This menu from the early days of jet service even has a cocktail hour, which is so glamorous.
To be honest, the economy class didn't eat half bad either, as this menu from the 1960s shows.
And this economy class menu from the '70s on this New York - Fairbanks - Tokyo flight is even more sumptuous, not to mention themed.
And in the '80s, they had some truly lavish meals for holidays, like Christmas.
As well as the Fourth of July.
Whelp, those days are over.