A conversation with Paige Jones, one of Delta’s early flight attendants – or "stewardess" as she was referred to in the 1940s – provides a window into a bygone era in air travel.
It was a time when female passengers wore travel suits, hats and gloves. The men wore business suits with a hat. Flight attendants' summer uniforms were designed by Atlanta's iconic Rich's Department Store – and the winter attire was provided by Neiman Marcus. Food was served in boxes and included fried chicken, potato salad, a roll and coffee.
Jones was hired by Delta's legendary founder, C.E. Woolman, and in the video above she recalls her fond memories of him. “You wouldn’t know a nicer, finer gentleman,” she said. “I wish I had his personality and his memory. He remembered everything about every employee.”
Jones, too, had the good fortune of meeting her husband while working for Delta.
“He was a new Delta pilot who had just come back from World War II. We met briefly while he was boarding a plane on his way to the cockpit, and it wasn’t too long after that when he called me for a date,” Jones remembers. “And the rest is history.”
“I read good things about Delta in the news all the time,” Jones says. “I’m so happy to be part of the Delta family.”