Victoria Vantoch, historian and author of The Jet Sex: Airline Stewardesses and the Making of an American Icon, has just launched a tumblr site devoted to the history of flight attendants during the golden age of air travel.
This month, Vantoch focuses on African American women who broke the color barrier as well as the sound barrier by applying to become flight attendants during the civil rights era. One of these pioneering women was Patricia Banks. "In 1956, when Patricia Banks applied, no U.S. airline had ever hired a black stewardess," writes Vantoch.
For more high flying history, visit The Jet Sex Diaries. The book is scheduled for release in March.