I found these old photos recently and they made me pause for a moment when I think about air travel then and now. The photo above is one of my paternal grandparents (Lolo in white suit), lola partially hidden by my dad and my mother turning and waving to the photographer. It
must have been from the late 40’s or early 50’s was taken in 1957 and they were boarding a Hong Kong Airways plane, an airline jointly owned by BOAC (British Overseas Airline Corp) and Jardine Matheson, which was later taken over by Cathay Pacific in 1959.
Traveling in suits was normal for the times, and I am sure they were as excited to head to a foreign city (not sure if Hong Kong was their destination or this was the beginning of a months long journey) as we are today. Hard leather luggage was probably in the hold and precious pesos, probably worth nearly a dollar each, was in their hand carry. Today we board planes in shorts and slippers with the crappiest luggage but the anticipation and thrill of a trip is still there…
Here another old travel photo of my mom looking “postura” in
an unidentified Scandinavian country Greece. If she had an instagram account then, I’m sure she would have had a bevy of “followers”… She probably tailored the outfit herself. And dig those sunglasses. :)