What’s missing here? Back in 1972, nothing at all — this set of photographs of flight attendants simply illustrated the range of uniforms to be found across the skies. Five decades later, though, it’s what’s not there that we notice — no men. That was about to change.

It is a slight irony that the very first flight attendant was a man. Heinrich Kubis was appointed attendant to the passengers on the Zeppelin Schwaben, in 1912. A quarter-century later, he was also an attendant on the Hindenburg and, when it was destroyed in flames, he survived by leaping from a window. Pictures, Read More