Stewardesses

PSA hired some of the most beautiful women in the industry to be stewardesses. They were one of the most powerful promotional items the company had, and as a result, a number of photos were taken of the girls (and some male flight attendants).

PSA's first stewardess was Ramona Tower, hired when the airline started service. She received no formal training, but was very attractive to the predominantly Military crowd traveling PSA. Her first uniform was bought off the rack of a local store, which served for several weeks until a passenger showed up wearing the same outfit.

Her next outfit was the custom green suit, which was worn by the small Stewardess corps between 1949 and 1955.

For the DC-4, stewardesses received a new uniform (which I do not have any pictures of, unfortunately.) For the 1958 Fiesta Del Pacifico in San Diego, PSA stewardesses received special uniforms for the occasion. .

The first major change in uniform was 1962, when the "Banana Skin" was introduced. This brown, form-fitting uniform (shown below on the left) revealed more of the girls' beautiful bodies, and caused eyebrows to raise among the mostly male passengers.

Uniform chronology:

  • 1949: Green suit
  • 1955: Light brown suit (summer), dark brown (winter) with embroidered PSA logo
  • 1958: Fiesta Del Pacifico uniform during the Fiesta Del Pacifico
  • 1960: Brown suit, more form fitting
  • 1962: "Banana-Skin" uniform
  • 1965: First miniskirt
  • 1966: Celery green with pink trim miniskirt
  • 1968: Pink miniskirt with green trim
  • 1970: Pink and orange mini with Go-Go boots
  • 1974: Red miniskirt with Go-Go boots
  • 1976: Mauve and rainbow fabric skirt/suit
  • 1980: Burgundy suit coats and pink blouses, or grey pants
  • 1984: Purple skirts

The first stewards were introduced in 1968 on Boeing 727-200 flights, and were responsible for cocktails. (Marilyn Tritt, in her book "Long Legs and Short Nights", dryly noted that "they were not allowed to do PA announcements, because nobody could understand them. Therefore, let's face it, they were along for the ride.")


Original Stewardess uniform, 1949
Original Stewardess uniform, 1949
Banana Skin uniform and stewardesses, 1960s
Banana Skin uniform and stewardesses, 1960s
Judy Bailey, 1967
Judy Bailey, 1967
First Stewards introduction, 1968
First Stewards introduction, 1968
First Stewards, 1968
First Stewards, 1968
Parade Magazine article #2, 1968
Parade Magazine article #2, 1968
Parade Magazine article #1, 1968
Parade Magazine article #1, 1968
Stewardesses and Mercy Hospital, 1970s
Stewardesses and Mercy Hospital, 1970s
Stewardess on a cruise ship
Stewardess on a cruise ship
Stewardesses posing for the camera
Stewardesses posing for the camera
1973 737 stewardess photo
1973 737 stewardess photo
Stewardesses in the L-1011 engine
Stewardesses in the L-1011 engine
L-1011 delivery and Stewardesses
L-1011 delivery and Stewardesses
L-1011 promo tour and stewardesses
L-1011 promo tour and stewardesses
1976 uniform introduction show
1976 uniform introduction show
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1970s (5)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1970s (5)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1970s (4)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1970s (4)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1970s (3)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1970s (3)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1970s (2)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1970s (2)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1970s (1)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1970s (1)
1980 Flight Attendant Uniform introduction
1980 Flight Attendant Uniform introduction
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1980s (3)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1980s (3)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1980s (2)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1980s (2)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1980s (1)
Paula Kirkpatrick Photo, 1980s (1)
Last week of service Uniforms
Last week of service Uniforms